A Spirited Thanksgiving

Starting weeks ahead of time, people begin planning and agonizing over what they’ll make for Thanksgiving: sweet potato casserole or stuffing? Green beans or Brussels sprouts? Gravy from scratch or the jarred stuff?

But usually scant consideration is given to exactly what you’ll be drinking with your feast. Since our partners in the Food Network Community Table, Thanksgiving Edition (see the list below) have helped you figure out the rest of your menu, here are our ideas for what you should sip on the big day.

Before you sit down to eat, get everybody’s appetite going by fixing talented mixologist and Liquor.com advisor Aisha Sharpe’s Forbidden Fruit. With apple, lemon and ginger flavors, it’s like autumn in a glass.

Then during dinner, serve award-winning bartender and Liquor.com advisor Jim Meehan’s red wine-based Nouveau Sangaree. The old-timey version of sangria features historic applejack, which has been an American favorite for hundreds of years.

To help aid your digestion after the heavy meal, we suggest turning to a traditional European herbal digestif: Fernet-Branca. Try it in master bartender and Liquor.com advisor Dushan Zaric’s Fernando, which mixes the liqueur with sweet vermouth and Galliano.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here are links to the rest of your holiday meal:

Appetizers, Salads and Breads:
The Kitchn: Goat Cheese Panna Cotta Topped With Canned Cranberry Jelly Cut-Outs
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Braided Biscuits
Epicurious: Chestnut and Sherry Soup
Yahoo! Shine: Spicy Caramelized Onion Jam With Goat Cheese
YumSugar: Kale and Chard Salad with Pomegranates and Hazelnuts
Whole Foods Market: Mixed Green Salad With Pears, Hazelnuts, Blue Cheese and Homemade Croutons

Mains:
FN Dish: Alton Brown’s Good Eats Roast Turkey
Eatocracy: Country Ham With Pickled Peaches
BlogHer Food: Root Vegetable Pot Pie With Cheddar Biscuit Crust

Sides:
Cooking Light: Fennel, Sausage, and Caramelized Apple Stuffing
Bon Appetit: Maxine Rapoport’s Turkey Stuffing
EatingWell: Green Bean Casserole
Serious Eats: Ultra-Crispy Roasted Potatoes
Oprah.com: David Chang’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Asian Vinaigrette
Food Republic: Cavatappi With Fontina and Fall Vegetables
Healthy Eats: Green Bean Casserole With Crispy Shallots
Saveur: Green Beans and Tomatoes
Diner’s Journal: Fiery Sweet Potatoes
Real Simple: Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots With Rosemary and Pecans
The Daily Meal: Bacon Brussels Sprouts
AP/ J.M. Hirsch: Ginger-Pear Cranberry Sauce
Food52: Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese
Food.com: Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Food & Wine: Swiss Chard and Leek Gratin
All You: Sweet Potato Bake

Desserts:
The Blender/ Williams-Sonoma: Deep-Dish Apple Bourbon Streusel Pie
Southern Living: Pumpkin-Pecan Cheesecake
Cooking Channel: Apple Bread Pudding
Fox News: Ginger Molasses Sugar Cookies
Gourmet Live: Pumpkin Coconut Panna Cotta
Melissa Clark: Sweet Potato Ginger Custard Pie
MyRecipes.com: White Chocolate Cheesecake With Cranberry Currant Compote

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