Many mocktails are pale imitations of the harder stuff, but we've been collecting recipes for a few favorite alcohol-free options, perfect for teetotalers or for sipping between rounds of something stronger.
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In case you haven't yet found the signature Thanksgiving drink of your dreams, we wanted to offer a few more recipes for our favorites.
Whether you're hosting a huge party for Thanksgiving, having a few friends over in the days leading up to Turkeython, or just looking for some good drink ideas for a quiet November evening, I've got you covered.
There's a smart method for serving drinks to a crowd without a ton of fiddly prep and shaking each drink by hand, and it's not a compromise when it comes to flavor. Mixing up a big batch of a special DIY mixer in advance means you're ready to pour one delicious drink after another—or you can delegate the simple task to someone else while you finish up making that green bean casserole.
Here's a guide to some of the fun and curious spirits I'll be bringing to Thanksgiving dinner this year. Some of these make stellar partners for your beautifully roasted bird, while others work to ease the digestive system after the annual
stuffing eating contest feast.
Shopping for Thanksgiving ingredients is terrible. Luckily, shopping for awesome Thanksgiving beer is really easy. For a full night of tasty pairings, you just need three different bottles. Ready to stock up?
There's no need to stress about picking wine for Thanksgiving. Here are some easy pairing tips—and a selection of bottles that'll help your Turkey Day meal shine.
Fresh apple cider married with brown sugar, tart lemon, and rich Carpano Antica vermouth makes the ideal not-too-boozy fall drink. (Make this for Thanksgiving, and you can keep refilling glasses without worrying that Uncle Al is going to wind up under the coffee table.)
Follow the advice I offer here, and you can throw a heck of a bash without blowing all the cash you'll need for your office's Secret Santa routine.
Think 'Pacific Northwest' when you're thirsty, and you'll likely picture hops. Or coffee, perhaps, or rain. What you're probably not thinking about is apples. But about 100 miles north of hoptopia's famed Yakima Valley is another valley—the Wenatchee Valley—where a different bumper crop is fueling the Northwest bar scene. Here, one of America's oldest drinks may just be the next big thing. Here are our favorites from a blind tasting of 3 dozen ciders from the Pacific Northwest.
Cranberry cocktails don't get much respect. Perhaps that's because they tend to be pretty boring: just sweetened juice spiked with whatever booze is handy. While cranberries are one of fall's signature flavors, a cranberry-vodka or a Sea Breeze feels a little too summery. And a bit too casual for serving at the holiday dinner table. But this cranberry cocktail, enriched with sherry and a splash of rum, is a different beast altogether.
Japan's everyday green tea, sencha, can be one of the most satisfying beverages on earth, simultaneously soothing and invigorating. And the city of Kagoshima is one of the best places to drink it.
Let's talk about how October went. The bad news: rainy weather, a chill in the air, and the sense that you really need to walk around wrapped in a fuzzy blanket to make it through. On the plus side: hot toddies! And excellent tea, and good coffee, and a nip of Scotch when nothing else will do the trick.
As the weather chills, and what you eat becomes more indulgent, so can what you drink. These beers can bring out harmonies in food flavors, tame spice, cut through richness, and cleanse your palate, all matching the intensity of anything on your plate.
Whether you're hosting a Halloween costume party or just sticking around the house handing out Kit-Kats, October 31st calls for a cocktail or two.
Halloween candy is just fine, but come fall, I crave creamy, chocolatey oatmeal stout. I asked our crew of beer experts—all Certified Cicerones—about the best of the bunch.
Rummy bears = gummy bears soaked in alcohol. But little bears with boozy bellies are just the beginning.
Scotch really is one of the most expensive drinks out there. But even if you're watching your wallet, there are some great bottles to try.
What to look for in a Southern cider, and seven bottles you should seek out now.
Stash a bottle of amaretto in your freezer and you'll be ready to make the ultimate Almond Joy-inspired boozy milkshake.