With so many flavors on the table, the thought of finding perfect drink pairings is a dizzying one. Rather than pick the first bottle you see at the liquor store, hear us out: From cocktails around the interwebs to special recs from our friends at Brooklyn-based Natural Wine Company, these drinks will make solid complements to your Thanksgiving feast. Like what you see? Head on over to our Pinterest board for more cocktail ideas.
A white wine with a backbone: Donkey & Goat's 2011 "Stone Crusher" is not technically a white, but rather an orange wine; the difference is that it spends more time with the grape skins, giving it a bolder, more tannic flavor and surprising structure that goes with spice, roasted turkey, and an array of fall and winter vegetables. With flavors of honeysuckle and nectarine that mingle with cinnamon and apricot, this one has a white wine's zippy acidiy but a red's lingering finish. $29.99, order online
A seasonal sangria to serve a crowd: Much like its summertime counterpart, this sparkling apple cider sangria from The Kitchn infuses wine with sweet fruit flavors. This one, however, brings together fall flavors like apple and pomegranate in a cognac-spiked punch. Sparkling wine makes it extra festive.
A balanced red wine to go from dinner to dessert: Birichino's 2011 "St. George's" is a delicious, straightforward Pinot Noir that's a great choice for the whole table. From a vineyard just south of California's Santa Cruz Mountains, this wine is fairly hefty but remains elegant and balanced, with notes of cherry and spice to match everything from stuffing to pumpkin pie. $26.99, order online
A sophisticated pre-dinner cocktail: Pumpkin butter is great to eat, but it also works in drinks. Exhibit A: The Turkey & Sage, in which pumpkin butter is a perfect match for vanilla-y bourbon and, in a more surprising twist, a bouquet of fresh, woodsy sage. It'll make a warming apéritif to sip while the turkey finishes.