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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 11/12/2010

Spirits: A Thanksgiving pre-game strategy

By Jason Wilson

I stand by cider as a decent option for Thanksgiving, but I'm moving on. (Dayna Smith for The Washington Post)

What to drink with Thanksgiving dinner? There's only one thing more ubiquitous than columns and blog posts that try to answer this holiday question ... and that would be columns and blog posts that deplore the columns that try to answer this holiday question. Eric Asimov at the New York Times actually addressed both this year -- writing a Thanksgiving wine column, and then commenting on a rant against Thanksgiving wine advice over at a website called Saignee. Blogger Cory Cartwright's "Second Annual I Feel Obligated to do a Thanksgiving Wine Pairing Post” is hilarious send-up of 13 of the most oft-repeated Thanksgiving drink-pairing "wisdom." But it also cuts a little close to the bone for some of us -- such as #13 for me in particular.


Cider: Did you know that early Americans were big cider drinkers and up until the…actually our editor said cider was too weird a pairing. Instead we’re going to have a series of articles in the coming weeks from famous coastal “mixologists” featuring some trendy cane sugar spirit nobody will remember in two months. Happy holidays!

Ahem. (Yes, that was my advice two years ago. Anyway, I still stand by cider as a perfect pairing with turkey day feast, much better than many wine options.)

Meanwhile, I'm going to soldier forth with my own Thanksgiving drink suggestions -- because as far as I know, if you write about drinks, it's the law.

However, I'm not going to suggest that the following drinks pair with the meal itself -- you're on your own there this year. These cocktails ideas are for before the dinner. Like, well before the dinner. Preferably in the morning. Perhaps before you go to the high school football game. Or to enjoy while you're slaving away in the kitchen.

Brasserie Lebbe. It's mix of pear eau de vie and champagne smacks of fall, and is much more flavorful than the old mimosa.

Veggie Red Snapper. It's like a Bloody Mary, but infinitely better.

Corpse Reviver. By most accounts, Wednesday night is the biggest bar night of the year. For those of you who take part, this cocktail might be a good call in the morning.

-- Jason Wilson
(Follow me on Twitter.)

By Jason Wilson  | November 12, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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