Published 11:00 a.m. ET Nov. 18, 2018
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With Thanksgiving nearly here, the search is on for the best beverages to bring to Turkey Day dinner.
Whether it be a bottle of wine or the perfect after-dinner cordial, here are some ideas of what to bring to Thanksgiving if you will be a lucky guest.
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Keep the parents happy
If you are having Thanksgiving dinner with a significant other's parents, find out what they like and then find the best thing available in that category at your local liquor store.
These impressions are key and if you do not know what the best available Napa Valley red is, ask someone that works in the liquor store.
High-end bourbon is a great option for fathers. (Photo: ~ Getty Images / iStockphoto)
It's time for an upgrade
If you're dining with your family, bring whatever they like best – but with an upscale twist. If your mother likes a specific Sauvignon Blanc, try upgrading her wine to a Sancerre from France instead of from New Zealand or Napa Valley. The same applies for Chardonnay or any other white wine.
If your dad is a bourbon fan but usually drinks a more low-cost product, get him a distiller's special cask, like Elmer T. Lee. Siblings are a bit easier to accommodate, but just like for your parents – try and get something on par with what they like that's just a bit better quality or more outside-the-box.
Do not forget the mixers
Bringing liquor that family and friends enjoy is important, but sometimes you might need to go above and beyond. One way to do that is to bring mixers for those liquors.
You can never assume that a place you are invited to have these stocked up, so if the family you are visiting does not have seltzer or juices, you should to bring it along yourself. Other great mixers of the season are apple cider, tonic water, ginger ale, sour mix and juices.
The more the merrier
If you will be spending Thanksgiving with friends, bring something that everyone can share – and a lot of it.
A couple bottles of champagne or Prosecco with some fresh squeezed oranges, or even boxes of wine which will last throughout the night, will do the trick for these groups. Since we all tend to let loose more with friends, having more than enough drinks to go around is a good strategy.
Cordials round out a meal
Cordials are often great things to bring to Thanksgiving since they round-out a meal. Some ideal ones to bring include Irish Cream, Frangelico or Nocello, Amaretto, Sambuca or any Anisette, Kahlua, or Tia Maria.
All of these go great in coffee so they are also a perfect thing to bring as an add-on to any Thanksgiving. Hopefully, this guide on beverages to bring to Thanksgiving makes you and your family happier on this holiday.
Michael Politz, a lifelong New Jersey resident, has worked in the restaurant and bar industry for 20 years. He currently bartends at Water and Wine Ristorante, an upscale Italian eatery and bar in Watchung. His beer, wine and liquor column, Spirits of N.J., appears Wednesdays.
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