What to Bring to Thanksgiving Dinner if You Can’t Cook

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and not everyone is going to be skilled at the art of making a home-cooked meal. Nothing would be worse on this holiday than making a meal or dessert for your friends and family and noticing that no one is eating it, or pretending to enjoy a few bites to be polite, then discretely tossing the rest in the garbage can. If you’re the family member or the friend in your friend group who is assigned to bring the non-food items to a Thanksgiving dinner such as extra serving bowls, tablecloths, or even the napkins, there is a chance that the host knows that you should stay away from the kitchen!

If you’re not the one that’s hosting Thanksgiving or bringing any of the main dishes for the meal, don’t feel as though you can’t still please the crowd. There’s so many options of beverages that you could bring along that everyone will love. It’s true that you don’t need to be a professional chef to “wow” everyone at the gathering! Whiskey and wine are great options for a Thanksgiving meal, because they pair well with the aromas, tastes, and spices that are in common Thanksgiving dishes. Here are a few ideas of whiskey and wine products that will be a huge hit, and won’t require any time in the kitchen either (you can’t burn wine), so it’s a win-win for you and the other guests.

2 Gingers Irish Whiskey: 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey is the perfect crowd-pleaser whiskey. It’s been called “the whiskey for non-whiskey drinkers” because of the sweet vanilla and caramel flavors, and its smooth finish. The delicious “Big Ginger” cocktail only requires ginger ale with lemon and lime garnish, so it’s easy for anybody to make! This whiskey pairs wonderfully with a smoked turkey.  

Mumm Napa Brut Rosé: The holiday season is the perfect time for some “pop, fizz, and clink” with a sparkling wine. Mumm Napa has a great selection of sparkling wine at a very reasonable price point. The Mumm Napa Brut Rosé in particular will pair well with basically anything that’s on the Thanksgiving buffet. The wine’s dryness tastes wonderful with turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. While at the same time pairs perfectly with sweet foods such as sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pie. You really cannot go wrong by walking in the host’s front door with a bottle of rosé!

Gentleman Jack: This classic Tennessee whiskey has just the right amount of caramel and dry fruit notes, with a smooth and smoky finish that would pair well with turkey and squash dishes. It would cater well for the guests who are more experienced whiskey drinkers that enjoy a glass of whiskey on the rocks, especially while watching the football game from their comfiest living room sofa.

Josh Cellars Pinot Noir: A good pinot noir is essential for a Thanksgiving meal. Why is this? Because the soft tannins in the red wine with the tart acidity pair amazingly well with rich dishes being served. Thanksgiving meals generally have a lot of earthy flavors, and the herbal notes in Josh Cellars Pinot Noir will compliment the meal perfectly. You may have to pick up more than one bottle of Pinot, because with dinner most wine lovers will want more than one glass!

If you still can’t decide what kind of wine will go over well at your gathering, check out your local liquor stores, because there’s a good chance that one of our Wine Professionals or Promotional Models from Modern Talent will be sampling all different types of options of wine and liquor products to sample and pick up. No matter what it is that you bring to Thanksgiving, whether it’s the turkey, wine, or even the napkins…the most important thing is that it’s a holiday spent with your favorite people!

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