Thanksgiving Cocktail Essentials

Thanksgiving is a joyful time of year to get together with your closest friends and family members, looking back at the past year and expressing gratitude for all that you have. Thanksgiving has also become about food, festivities and football, which makes for a highly enjoyable day. If you’re the host or hostess of a Thanksgiving feast this year, you definitely want to make sure you have all of the right equipment and tools on hand to ensure that your guests are happy and satisfied throughout the day. Having the right Thanksgiving cocktail essentials is a necessity, so it’s best to have a large assortment of mixers, barware and tools on hand to ensure that your bartending skills aren’t wasted come Thanksgiving Day.


Copper is an elegant, autumnal color that works well when matched with other fall and Thanksgiving decor, and copper should be no stranger to your bar set. Opt for hammered copper mugs and tumblers for guests to use for beer or other cocktails, or select a hammered copper goblet for essential use at your Thanksgiving table. While goblets work exceedingly well for cocktails, their predisposition to general use allows you to serve them to all your guests, even those enjoying nonalcoholic beverages. Choose a matching hammered copper pitcher and pint mug to accent the rest of your ensemble, and you have an ideal cocktail set for your tabletop for Thanksgiving Day celebration. For a complete and polished look, also consider a hammered copper wine chiller for champagne or white wine and a matching copper ice bucket with lid to allow guests to assist in making their own drinks.


Keep the copper tradition going easily with a set of handy bar tools to use at your disposal. Not only do bar tools work well for unique cocktails on Thanksgiving Day, but they are also extremely useful all year round for yourself or when you’re entertaining. Look for a set that has a bar spoon, cocktail strainer for a shaker for easy pouring, a jigger for exact measuring and a pair of ice tongs. A bar knife is also a good essential to have to make fruit and garnish cutting simpler. Pair your set of bar tools with a hammered copper cocktail shaker to make a number of drinks that guests love, everything from martinis to snakebites.


It’s also essential to have a host of wine glasses and wine accessories on hand for Thanksgiving Day as wine is often a key part of the meal itself. Make sure you have a festive set of glasses for red and white wine on hand to serve all of your guests, and have a wine opener in order to allow you or your guests open the wine at table easily. A copper-rimmed ice bucket or bottle coaster is a nice touch while seasonal0themed bottle stoppers add to your table’s decor. To serve table wine, look for an elegant wine decanter with matching glasses that easily works well into your existing Thanksgiving theme. A decanter with glasses is also a good idea for serving water at the table or select a Thanksgiving-themed pitched instead.


Other essentials you may need for Thanksgiving Day include a bar tray to serve guests their cocktails with ease. For an original touch, consider ice molds or whiskey cubes to create a joyful, festive mood. It’s also a good idea to have a fair amount of mixers on hand, should your guests request certain cocktails and drinks. These mixers also work well during the rest of the year as well. Mixes that could make some interesting drinks include key lime ginger, pumpkin punch, pomegranate and cranberry lemon.

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