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Come Party With Me: Classic Thanksgiving — Drinks

Thanksgiving is a celebration that lasts half the day, so stock up on a variety of drinks for the different times. Start with a festive, champagne cocktail. Mix Prosecco with pear nectar and season with crushed black peppercorns. Let guests pour their own and have lots of bubbly on hand. Depending on your tastebuds, you could serve sparkling wine during the entire meal. Start with a light Cava and pair the turkey with a sparkling Shiraz.

For a more traditional take, reserve the bubbly for the appetizers and serve a Beaujolais Nouveau or Pinot Grigio with dinner. Think about offering multiple wines with dinner. A Chardonnay nicely pairs with the flavors of squash, while a Sauvignon Blanc complements gravy and stuffing.

Don't forget lots of water and sparkling apple cider for the kids. To take a look at the Prosecco pear cocktail,

Pear and Pepper Prosecco
From Tyler Florence

2 bottles (750 ml each) chilled Prosecco
2 cups chilled pear nectar
2 tablespoons coarsely crushed black peppercorns

  1. In a large pitcher combine the prosecco and pear nectar.
  2. Pour into glasses and sprinkle lightly with peppercorns.

Serves 12.

Join The Conversation
OChottie OChottie 8 years
Sounds fantastic. Mom and I had prosecco peach bellinis on Thanksgiving morning. We are trying the blood orange bellini next year, but I want this now. MMMMMMMM!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
Thanks for the pear nectar tip. Does it really taste good with peppercorns?
ennabeatriz ennabeatriz 9 years
I love champagne cocktails, they will be a must thanksgiving/bday celebrations!
emalove emalove 9 years
A champagne cocktail sounds nice ;)
michichan michichan 9 years
Peppercorns? Never would have though of that.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love sparkling cider :)
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
Cranberry Slush is stock piled in my house freezer until New Years Eve is done practically! Here's the recipe: 1 (3 oz.) pkg. cherry Jello 1 c. hot water 12 oz. frozen orange juice 12 oz. frozen lemonade 2 c. cranberry juice 2 c. vodka 1 c. cold water Dissolve Jello in hot water. Add other ingredients. Freeze in large ice cream pail. You can serve it with a lemon-lime pop such as 7-Up or another kind, but I just spoon it out and eat it/drink it when it melts.
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