What to drink with Thanksgiving dinner: 50 festive choices

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:08:16 AM. What did the Pilgrims and their Native American hosts drink at the very first Thanksgiving dinner back in 1620? If it was anything other than water, it would

What did the Pilgrims and their Native American hosts drink at back in 1620? If it was anything other than water, it would probably have been the dregs of some they'd brought over in barrels from England; they wouldn't have had time to plant apples for , another favored tipple of the time, and though the Mayflower had been used in a previous life to transport wine from back to England, it's unlikely that there were any casks of claret or on board.

Today in America we have access to a whole world of good things to drink - wine, beer, cider, endless spirits, , and even , from everyday to artisanal. Let's not get into the soft stuff, though. It's Thanksgiving, and time to celebrate - and quite possibly to insulate ourselves from the prying siblings or sententious uncles at the table with the help of a jolt or two of good old ethyl alcohol in some delicious form or other.

But what kind of ethyl alcohol goes best with Thanksgiving dinner? That depends to some extent on the particulars of the menu, of course: Do you get all fancy and begin with , or are you more the type? Is the , or on the Weber or ? Are there , or do you favor ?

Even more than what you're going to eat, though, what you'll want to drink depends on you. For some Turkey Day convives, a cool, crisp hard cider is just the thing. Others prefer , maybe one flavored with autumnal fruits or

And then, of course, there's wine, and plenty of it. Because turkey in its most common form is a reasonably unassertive food, perhaps enlivened by that spicy stuffing (or some or ) but also probably toned down with or , it accepts a wide range of complementary vinous flavors. . Others prefer something rich and white, or intensely Rhône-ish. Some like sparkling wine, and there's even a contingent that reaches for .

Over the past several weeks we've tasted through scores of wines and beers and at least a dozen ciders to come up with some very tasty Thanksgiving choices, at a wide range of prices - 35 wines, 10 beers, five ciders. Note that beer and cider prices are given for standard four- or six-packs of 12-ounce bottles or cans unless otherwise noted, and that the prices of beer, cider, and wine may vary from state to state and even store to store.

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