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Because Family Holidays Are Stressful, Here Are The Drinks You Need To Get Through Thanksgiving Dinner

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The only thing better than Thanksgiving dinner is Thanksgiving libations. Because any holiday spent with your family is a time you’ll probably want to drink. To make sure I'd be ready to celebrate, I tried as much alcohol as I could and singled out my three favorites to help you have a better holiday dinner (and dessert).

Spice Things Up With Cider
Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple Photo


Since wine hangovers are the worst, and you’ll want to sacrifice beer calories for extra stuffing, try sipping cider with your Thanksgiving dinner! I was sent some Angry Orchard hard cider to try, and loved them…plus, they're gluten-free. Try their Crisp Apple flavor—a refreshing, fruit-forward cider with a subtle dry taste—with your turkey, or pair the Traditional Dry flavor—a bittersweet blend with a hint of spice—with roasted vegetables. Their Green Apple cider, which tastes of honeydew melon and kiwi, goes well with your appetizers or cheese plate.

Angry Orchard Cider House


I brought their Strawman and The Muse flavors from their wood-aged Cider House Collection to a Friendsgiving brunch last week. The sweeter of the two, The Muse (7.7 percent ABV), tasted a bit more like sparkling wine or champagne—perfect for any celebration! With notes of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and hints of vanilla, you almost forget you’re drinking cider. The Strawman tasted a bit more traditional, with a bittersweet apple flavor rounded out by citrus notes. At 10 percent ABV, it’s a force to be reckoned with.

For something extra tasty, try their seasonal Cinnful Apple! And to really mix things up—maybe for dessert?—you can top your drink off with a shot of Fireball. Just make sure you know what you’re getting into!

Ginger Bread Brew
GingerbreadHead Beer


With a tagline like, “A cookie in every bottle,” how can you resist? Shipyard GingerBreadHead Ale is like a gingerbread house you can drink…minus the pesky putting-it-together-yourself part. So, yum. The spicy, rich gingerbread beverage features warm flavors of molasses and brown sugar, accented with ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Great for dessert or to go all-in while devouring your turkey, this brew deserves to come to your Thanksgiving dinner.

Drink Your Dessert With Apple Pie Whiskey 

Piehole Whiskey


This is not a drill. Piehole (the pie-oneers of whiskey) has actually created a drunken version of apple pie. And cherry pie, and pecan pie. I know what you’re thinking: ‘finally, a way I can blend binge eating and drinking!’ Or maybe that was just me. Either way, this  ‘comfort alcohol’ only sounds terrible—it’s actually pretty good! I was sent a sample of each flavor, and while they are all sweet, they're not ‘too sweet.’ You know, because they're made with whiskey and all that. I was a little scared about subjecting my taste buds to them, but I think it’d make a great addition to your Thanksgiving dessert. Plus, you can use the phrase, ‘in your piehole’ without being inappropriate.

Got another suggestions to go with your Thanksgiving dinner? Comment and let us know!