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