In Partnership with Turkey Farmers of Canada - All opinions are my own
Can you believe that Canadian Thanksgiving is just around the corner? Though we enjoy incorporating turkey into our meals throughout the year, I literally cannot wait for Thanksgiving every year to make and enjoy a turkey dinner with my family and friends. I never turn down an opportunity to host.
Though I’ve cooked MANY turkey dinners in my time and it’s almost become second nature to me there’s still a lot to coordinate as a hostess. Coordinating cook times, oven space, table settings, making sure everyone has what they need and also enjoying your time! So this year I’ve partnered with Turkey Farmer’s of Canada to bring you some easy and convenient Thanksgiving cocktails that will pair perfectly with that delicious turkey dinner you’re working on and give you one less thing to worry about planning out and a nice Fall themed drink to enjoy while you cook (my personal favourite part, cheers to chef!)
For pairings, I’ve left these drinks fairly simple. With so much going on, there’s no need to make things complicated and simple flavours go along way with these lovely cocktails. All apple cider based, they go perfectly alongside turkey and all of the different flavours that may serve as side dishes. A little sweet but not too sweet, warm inviting spices, and 3 different options depending on who you’re entertaining. A larger make ahead pitcher sangria, a signature craft cocktail that’s still easy to mix on spot and a lovely warm mulled cider to cozy up to before or after dinner.
Wondering what wine to serve with dinner? No problem! There isn’t really a wrong wine but with all of the different and delicious flavours that go along with a turkey dinner and all of the fixings, there’s no need to compete with a strong grape like a chardonnay. Try serving something a little more crisp and easier to sip, a nice Sauvignon Blanc or a pinot noir will do the job.
Now let’s talk cocktails!
Pomegranate Apple Cider Sangria
Serving a large crowd? This Pomegranate Apple Cider Sangria is a great option for a entertaining a larger crowd. With the bustle of cooking a turkey dinner for a larger crowd, we don’t always have time to play chef and bartender. This sangria can be made ahead in put in the fridge until ready to serve (just add ice cubes before serving your guests so it doesn’t get watered down). Place a beautiful pitcher with sliced apples, oranges, cinnamon and star anise on the table with a few glasses and have your guests casually serve themselves.
Makes One Large Pitcher (6-8 Glasses)
- 1/2 Cup of Cointreau
- 1 Bottle of Dry White Wine
- 4 Cups of Apple Cider
- 1 Cup of Pomegranate Juice
- 1 Sliced Apple
- 1 Sliced Orange
- 3 Star Anise
- 2 Large Cinnamon Sticks
Add apple and orange slices in a large pitcher with star anise and cinnamon sticks. Pour over rest of ingredients and allow to sit at least 30-1hr before serving. Add ice to the top and stir before serving to guests.
Bourbon Apple Cider Sour
This Bourbon Apple Cider Sour is great for smaller group settings or a signature cocktail options. With only a couple simple ingredients that are easy to make and enjoy.
Makes 1 Cocktail
- 2 oz of Bourbon
- 4 oz of Apple Cider
- 1 Tbsp of Lemon Juice
- 3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
- Orange Twist & Thyme Sprig for Garnish
Shake ingredients in a shaker with a handful of ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with an orange twist and sprig of thyme
Warm Mulled Cider
We used to love going for walks on the day of Thanksgiving while the turkey was in the oven. Maybe preparing for all of the delicious eats we were about to enjoy. Some families like to enjoy a little backyard football. This Warm Mulled Cider is a great option for those days. A nice warm drink to cozy up to while catching up with family before or after dinner. It can be made easily on the stove top or even in the slow cooker left on the keep warm options. Sweet cider, warm spices that heat you from the inside out. Can be made without the spiced rum as a non alcoholic option.
Makes 4-6 Cups
- 1L of Apple Cider
- 1/2 Cup of Orange Juice
- 2 Tbsp of Maple Syrup
- 3 Star Anise
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 4 Cloves
- 1/2 Cup of Spiced Rum (optional)
Warm all ingredients in a large pot over stove top on low-medium for 10-15 minutes until heated or in a slow cooker on low for 30 minutes.
If you’re looking for recipes ideas that span across traditional to non traditional and tons of ideas on how you can include turkey as a healthy protein in your diet throughout the year, check out www.thinkturkey.ca for inspiration. Remember that choosing turkey for Thanksgiving and every day cooking means supporting Canadian Farmers.
Happy Thanksgiving and a big cheers to leftover turkey!