FIVE Thanksgiving Cocktails


Ah, Thanksgiving. The holiday dedicated to being a socially acceptable fat-assed glutton. Thankfully, we’re here to help you consume in style. Here’s a list of fine spirits that go great with some classic holiday dishes.

1. White Russian (Turkey)
This unobtrusive blend of Kahlua, vodka, and cream will perfectly suit either white or dark-meat turkey. Remember, different vodkas vastly alter the taste of this drink. For best results, you should consider Absolut or Grey Goose. If you want to sample the cocktail first, The Owl makes a killer White Russian.

2. Mint Julep (Baking)
A true Southern gentleman’s drink if ever there was one. Combining water, sugar, chopped mint leaves, and a half-a-cup of Kentucky bourbon in a frozen glass will make you think you’re way manlier than you probably are. For added fun, say “Here, here!” in your best southern accent after everything anyone says.

3. Harvey Wallbanger (Potatoes)
What can be said against the timelessness of vodka and orange juice? Unlike the White Russian, the quality of your vodka doesn’t change the drink much, here. The secret is being able to float the Galliano on top. Though this will go with any potato dish, see if you can have it with a sweet potato dish.

4. BBC (Dessert)
Benedictine, Brandy, and Cream make up this killer cocktail. The creamy nature of this beast will lend itself very well to pie with Cool Whip or the biggest bowl of ice cream you could manage to carry.

5. Corpse Reviver #2 (Morning after)
Let’s be honest; you’re not going to have tried all of these (or, more likely, any of them). But if you’ve imbibed a bit too much, this “hair-of-the-dog” cocktail will pick you right up. Mix equal parts gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, and absinthe, strain into a chilled glass over ice, and start your day off right.

Kyle Leitch
A&C Writer

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