8 comforting foods and seasonal cocktails to make this Thanksgiving

Oct 6 2021, 11:48 pm

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We’re looking forward to Canada’s most colourful season for a number of reasons: the amber-hued foliage, the feeling of crisp leaves under our feet, and — above all — celebrating all the things we’re grateful for.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, we’ve been pondering all the ways we can make it a long weekend to remember — one filled with hardy, comforting foods and seasonal cocktails that will make reconnecting with loved ones feel extra special.

With a little help from BCLIQUOR’s new TASTE Magazine Fall 2021 issue — and some stellar cocktail inspo from local award-winning bartender, David Wolowidnyk — we’ve curated a selection of sumptuous Thanksgiving recipes with the perfect drink pairings that will have you savouring each bite.

Gratitude cocktail

Gratitude cocktail (BC Liquor Stores)

Start the evening off on the right foot with an effervescent cocktail that’s teeming with notes of cranberry and mint. Best of all, it can be batched for extra ease if your roommates or family are sticking around for dinner.

BacardĂ­ Superior White Rum (BC Liquor Stores)

Delicate vanilla and almond notes with citrus, coriander, and ginger nuances characterize this smooth, light-bodied, mixable rum that pairs beautifully with fruit, citrus, or mint — without being overly dominant in the cocktail.

Villa Teresa Prosecco Rosé (BC Liquor Stores)

Crisp and dry, with wild strawberry, raspberry, white peach, citrus, and floral notes, light body and persistent bubbles, this is a delicious pink fizz to serve in a cocktail or on its own as an apéritif with canapés and finger foods.

Thankfulness cocktail

Thankfulness cocktail (BC Liquor Stores)

Delicate and citrusy, this cocktail will complement all the flavours of your Thanksgiving dinner — while serving as a palate cleanser so you can fully appreciate each bite. Since it’s sure to be a hit, might as well just make a batch if you’re hosting a small group for dinner.

Tanqueray No. Ten Gin (BC Liquor Stores)

Named after the distillery’s number 10 still, endearingly known as “Tiny Ten,” this exquisite gin leads with juniper followed by lime, orange, and pink grapefruit with hints of chamomile, peppercorn, and coriander.

Chateau St. Jean California Chardonnay (BC Liquor Stores)

Tropical fruit, sweet pear, lemon meringue, apple blossom, and a kiss of vanilla are all mixed together in this expressive, medium- to full-bodied Chardonnay.

Bourbon butter turkey with bourbon cranberry sauce

Bourbon butter turkey with bourbon cranberry sauce (BC Liquor Stores)

The star of the show on Thanksgiving, of course, is the turkey. Juicy and tender, this recipe infuses the turkey with savoury, herby flavours that complement its bourbon-sweet cranberry sauce counterpart.

Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (BC Liquor Stores)

To make bourbon-infused cranberry sauce, you’ll need a classic bourbon. Four years aging in new, charred American white oak barrels give this bourbon a smooth, elegant, and refined character with hints of oaky vanilla, caramel, and spice.

Cline Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel (BC Liquor Stores)

This Zinfandel is ultra food-friendly and makes for a stellar dinner pairing. The ripe black plums, black cherries, bramble berries, pepper, and spice will also balance out the rich and salty bites of turkey and complement the cranberry sauce nicely.

Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (BC Liquor Stores)

You also can’t go wrong with this southern RhĂ´ne blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre and its charming raspberry, strawberry, pepper, garrigue, and mineral notes. Its medium- to full-bodied profile also makes it an ideal fall sipper.

Mashed yams with bacon and sage

Mashed yams with bacon and sage (BC Liquor Stores)

While we love a standard mashed potato dish, this Thanksgiving recipe — which is nearly as easy to make — will seriously elevate dinner. The yams are sweet and textured, the bacon crunchy and savoury, while the sage adds an earthy element.

Dirty Laundry Hush Rosé (BC Liquor Stores)

To balance out that meld of rich flavours, you’ll want to opt for a light wine. Made from mainly Pinot Gris and Cabernet Sauvignon, this rosĂ© delivers aromas and flavours of strawberry, rhubarb, and watermelon — plus hints of tropical fruit and orange peel with juicy acidity.

Braised cabbage with herbed vinaigrette

Braised cabbage with herbed vinaigrette (BC Liquor Stores)

Cabbage may not be number one on your list of fall favourites, but this recipe will change that — trust us. A vessel for butter, mustard, parsley, thyme, and lots of other yummy ingredients, it’s an easy recipe that will fill your kitchen with fragrant aromas as it cooks in the oven.

Wild Goose Autumn Gold (BC Liquor Stores)

Surely, an exceptional dish is deserving of an exceptional wine — and for this, there’s Wild Goose Autumn Gold. This BC gem delivers off-dry apricot, grapefruit, apple, and pear flavours — a complementary contrast to the rich and earthy cabbage.

Croissant and mushroom stuffing

Croissant and mushroom stuffing (BC Liquor Stores)

Why settle for regular stuffing when you can have croissant-infused stuffing? This creamy, mushroom-filled take on a Thanksgiving staple has a high chance of becoming a tradition. You can even take credit for making the store-bought croissants yourself — we won’t tell anyone.

Mission Hill Reserve Brut (BC Liquor Stores)

Creamy and robust, your stuffing will need an effervescent ally that will tickle all of your senses and cleanse your palate. This sparkler is Prosecco-like in style with notes of green apple, white peach, pear, and citrus, all underscored by brisk acidity and bubbles. 

Canadian whisky maple pecan pie

Canadian whisky maple pecan pie (BC Liquor Stores)

It’s imperative you leave room for the whisky maple pecan pie. This decadent dessert is the stuff that Thanksgiving dreams are made of with its crunchy pecan surface, syrupy-sweet whisky interior, and flaky crust.

Canadian Club Blended Canadian Whisky (BC Liquor Stores)

To truly nail the pie recipe, reach for the Canadian Club Whisky. Roasted almond, rich oak, sweet vanilla, and zesty citrus notes characterize this best-selling, remarkably smooth Canadian whisky.

Cabot Trail Maple Cream Liqueur (BC Liquor Stores)

If you feel like going the extra mile, drizzle a little of this liqueur over cool vanilla ice cream for an added punch of cocoa, cinnamon, and amaretto. It also pairs wonderfully in a  post-dinner coffee.

Fall blessings cocktail

Fall blessings cocktail (BC Liquor Stores)

After dinner, there’s nothing better than sipping on an autumnal cocktail that doubles as a digestif. With delicious notes of spiced apple and brown sugar, this fall cocktail can be enjoyed alongside dessert or on its own. 

Père Magloire Fine VS Calvados (BC Liquor Stores)

The Calvados is what makes this fall cocktail stand out. Made from a single continuous distillation of ciders produced from Normandy apples, it offers flavours of apple, pear, honey, vanilla, and butterscotch that pleasantly linger. 


To discover more food and drink recipes or speak with knowledgeable staff, visit your local BCLIQUOR store. To find one near you, watch virtual events, or read the latest issue of TASTE Magazine, you can check out BCLiquorStores.com.

For the latest updates on releases and tips on what to drink, you can also follow @BCLiquorStores on Instagram.

As always, please remember drinks are best enjoyed when they’re enjoyed responsibly.

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