There’s something festive about enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail. As long as they’re not too sweet or creamy, a well placed cocktail is just the thing to rev up your appetite in preparation for the meal ahead. Follow that beverage with a glass or two of wine sipped along with the cook’s scrumptious offerings, and end the evening with an après dinner digestif.
You’ll need to have on hand just a few accessories to bring it all together easily.
• A variety of glasses – snifters, high balls, rocks, martini, champagne, liqueur, white wine and red wine
• an ice bucket, tongs and a blender or a wooden mallet to crush ice
• a strainer, shot glass, muddler, bar spoon and a cocktail shaker
• a good corkscrew, zester, cutting board, knife
• cocktail skewers
Once your fridge is stocked with lemons, limes, oranges, mint sprigs, sugar syrup and bottles of juice, liqueurs, spirits and wine, try some of these recipes.
Turkey can be bland, and the sides that typically go along with it can run the gamut from sweet to tart. Below are wine matches that are sure to complement any Thanksgiving feast.
• J.J. McWilliams Chardonnay 2007, Australia ($9.95)
• Valdivieso Grand Brut Méthode Champenois, Chile ($11.93)
• Pfeffingen Ungsteiner herrenberg Scheurebe Spätlese 2007, Germany ($23.95)
• Thirty Bench Small Lot Rosé 2008, Ontario ($22)
• Coyote’s Run Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc 2008, Ontario ($16)
Tomorrow: Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes