You Should Try Shotsgiving, an Entire Thanksgiving Meal in Shots

This year, whether you’ve got a four-hour drive to your parents’ house followed by awkward conversations with your step-siblings or if you’re staying home and doing a Friendsgiving, consider adding another level of fun by introducing Shotsgiving to your loved ones. What is Shotsgiving, you ask? Only the best Thanksgiving meal possible: one made entirely of shots.

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We say that you should introduce them because if you’re planning on doing Shotsgiving, it’s not advisable to do it by yourself. What better way to get grandma to stop asking why you haven’t settled down with a nice girl than to offer her a shot of ginger liqueur?

If you prefer wine or cocktails, we’ve got suggestions for those too. But first, shots.

Side Dishes

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  • Cranberry sauce: Koval Cranberry Gin Liqueur
    Made with thirteen botanicals sourced from local, organic farmers in the Midwest, Koval’s cranberry gin liqueur is a sweet yet tart take on cranberry spirits. The gin botanicals round out the flavor profile, offering a depth that is akin to digging into grandma’s homemade cranberry sauce.
  • Mashed potatoes: Grand Teton Potato Vodka
    What kind of Thanksgiving meal would it be without mashed potatoes? Grand Teton steps in here with a spirit made from, you guessed it, potatoes. Distilled to the equivalent of 20 times and polished with charcoal and garnet crystal, this vodka is flavorful and smooth, with or without ice.
  • Rolls: Templeton Rye
    With so much gravy and other good things in need of being sopped up on a Thanksgiving plate, you can’t not have bread of some sort. To solve that problem, we’ve gone with Templeton Rye, which exudes the spicy notes that rye lovers look for. It also has just enough sweetness to balance these notes out, making it great to stuff yourself on when Grandma takes too long to get all of the appetizers out in time.
  • Side salad: La Quintinye Vermouth Royal
    While a salad should probably be a shot that contains multiple different spirits, we’ve gone with a flavorful, aromatic vermouth that incorporates 28 different plants and spices — enough greens go into this vermouth that the Jolly Green Giant would think it’s a long lost kid.
  • Side salad part 2: Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka
    A runner-up in Best American Flavored Vodka category of The Manual Spirit Awards 2018, Prairie Organic’s cucumber vodka is made from English cucumbers and is fresh, light, and full of real cucumber flavor. Paired with the vermouth, you’ll have yourself a smorgasbord of salad flavors.
  • Carrots: Boardroom Spirits Carrot
    Made from 100 percent carrots that are processed and distilled, this is literally a side dish made into alcohol. The fragrance is like shaved carrots with a flavor reminiscent of coleslaw. All you’re missing is a little bit of butter.
  • Stuffing: Modern Spirits Celery Peppercorn Vodka
    This vodka tastes exactly like it sounds. It’s best served in a drink like a Bloody Mary, but the flavors of celery and peppercorns work perfectly here for a nice stuffing. For those that want a different kind of stuffing or dressing, try substituting an apple brandy such as Laird’s for an apple stuffing-flavored side.
  • Sweet corn: Glen Thunder Corn Whiskey
    For sweet corn, you want an unaged whiskey that really brings those sugary corn flavors to the forefront. Glen Thunder from Finger Lakes Distilling in Burdett, New York, captures that essence, with a fresh corn nose and great smoothness on the palate.

Main Course

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  • Turkey: Wild Turkey Rare Breed
    We’re cheating a little here and going with the name. That being said, there’s nothing better to anchor a meal than a good shot of bourbon. In the case of Rare Breed, this bourbon is barrel proof and rich in tobacco and oak flavors that are perfect to sip on all night long.


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  • Gingersnap cookies: Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur
    Simultaneously sweet and spicy, Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur offers up all of the flavors you love in ginger-flavored cookies, just in liquid form. After a long heavy meal, this spirit will awaken the sense and get you ready to close it out with some other desserts.
  • Blueberry Pie: Art in the Age Black Trumpet Blueberry Cordial
    Seeing as both black trumpet mushrooms and blueberries are harvested at the same time in New Hampshire, Tamworth Distilling decided to mix both together in a liqueur that is both savory and sweet. The two ingredients play off each other for a rich, fruity, smoky spirit that would be the perfect end to a long meal.
  • Apple pie: Leopold Bros. New York Sour Apple Liqueur
    If you’re looking for an apple pie that strays from the over-spiced and overly sweet kind you get in the store, opt for this liqueur instead, which maintains the tartness of green apples while still allowing for the somewhat sweet palate. It is a refreshing, bright take on apple liqueurs perfect for after dinner drinks.
  • Mixed berry pie: Eau Claire Distillery Equineox
    A spirit made from a barley base that falls between gin and vodka, EquineOx uses prickly pears to give the spirit a refreshing, fruity flavor. For those that eschew traditional Thanksgiving pie flavors (pumpkin, pecan, apple), a mixed berry pie is a delicious alternative.
  • Hot tea: Townshend’s Spice Tea Liqueur
    Made using a blend of black tea, ginger, cassia, sweet orange peel, and other botanicals, Townshend’s Spice Tea offers up a sweet, spicy tea that is as good straight as it is slightly heated as part of a warming cocktail.
  • Coffee: Caffè Borghetti
    After more dishes than you’ve got fingers, a nice cup of coffee would be a welcome respite. This espresso liqueur is made from the same recipe that the creator, Ugo Borghetti, made in 1860. A classic recipe to round out a classic meal.