Girl Meets Glass Does Thanksgiving

There are so many magazine articles, websites, blog posts about what to drink for Thanksgiving. What pairs with what, drink only from America…blah, blah And I don’t mean that in a bad way, but I can easily see why people get overwhelmed. That’s a lot to deal with. So, I’ll make my list a little easier. There is something for everyone and I list wine, beer and spirits all from America, more specifically places that are near and dear to my heart.

Bourbon — Why? Because I’ve been really getting onto it lately and it is good!! Drink neat.

Gin — Great for enjoying with a little tonic and lime before dinner, or keeping the cook’s thirst quenched while in the kitchen ;-)

Beer — I’m totally biased in my beer drinking, I don’t try too much…I just drink what I like. And I’m from Chicago and I like Goose Island so that’s what I drink.

  • Goose Island Sofie or Winter Ale (or anything they make honestly, you won’t be disappointed)
  • Heavy Seas Marzen or Pale Ale

Wine — Thanksgiving is totally American so try drinking local if you can. Maryland and Virginia are home to several wineries so my picks below are from there. 2 reds and 2 whites should cover all your bases

  • Elk Run Vineyards Merlot (MD)
  • Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards Circe (MD)
  • Breaux Vineyards Jennifer’s Jambalaya (VA) — yes, this is actually wine!
  • Tarara Winery Viognier (VA)

Cocktails — The thought of spending the entire day with family may cause some to need a cocktail, here are 2 recipes perfect for Thanksgiving

Spiced Pumpkin

2 parts Pinnacle® Pumpkin Pie Vodka
1 part Irish cream
Splash Half & Half

Shake with ice, strain into a cinnamon
sugar rimmed martini glass.

Winter Smash

Contributed by Aisha Sharpe from


  • Half a lemon
  • 8 Cranberries
  • 1 (3-inch) Sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 oz Bulleit Bourbon
  • .5 oz Maple syrup
  • Glass: Old fashioned
  • Garnish: Lemon half-wheel, rosemary sprig and 3 cranberries


In a shaker, muddle the lemon, cranberries and rosemary. Add the bourbon and maple syrup, and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into an old fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon half-wheel with a rosemary sprig through it and 3 cranberries on it.