Shotsgiving: A Thanksgiving Meal in Shots


Thanksgiving meals are already pretty awesome. There’s juicy turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes so buttery and fluffy that you’re practically eating clouds. Then on top of all that there are all the glorious pies that grace tables across the country. Basically, Thanksgiving is the foodgasm of holidays.

We in the spirits department at The Manual, though, realized something. We could make Thanksgiving dinner even better, because we could do it with booze.

Below, we’ve put together a Thanksgiving meal, done completely in shots. We recommended eating your Thanksgiving meal with these shots, but if you’re in a pinch, these seven shots will take your round the dinner table in as much time as it takes to move the glass from table to mouth. Not every shot is a 1:1 comparison, but we’ve done our best to match foods with spirits.

Bread/RollsWigle Deep Cut Rye—Start your meal off with the best craft rye whiskey out there, according to the American Craft Spirits Association. You can’t butter this, but with rye this flavorful, why would you want to?

Sweet Potato Casserole: Corbin Cash Barrel Reserve Sweet Potato Liqueur—Heavy notes of brown sugar and cinnamon make this taste like liquefied casserole, without all the lumps.

Stuffing: Art in the Age Sage—This “Garden Gin” is made with sage, fennel, thyme, rosemary, and other spices, making it the perfect spirit to step in for your turkey stuffing and dressing.

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Cranberry Sauce: Clear Creek Distillery Cranberry Liqueur—Beautifully dark and fruity, this liqueur abolishes any fights that could come up over canned vs. homemade.

Mashed Potatoes: Woody Creek Vodka—Made in Colorado from 100% potatoes, this vodka puts Great Aunt Ethel’s potato mashing skills to shame.

Turkey: Wild Turkey Master’s Keep—The turkey should be the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal, and Wild Turkey Master’s Keep—aged seventeen years—is exactly that.

Pumpkin Pie: Great Lakes Distillery Pumpkin Spirit—A classic pie choice, this pumpkin liquor starts as Lakefront Brewery’s Pumpkin Lager and has a delightful nutmeg and clove flavor.

Coffee: Brooklyn Roasting Coffee Liqueur—Cap your meal off with this liqueur made with beans sourced from Colombia and distilled in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn.