Thanksgiving is officially right around the corner. If you’ve taken on the big task of hosting this year’s feast, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to the menu. While your mind may be focused on the main dishes, such as the turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, don’t forget about what your guests will be sipping. While wine is a typical option, why not serve some water-based beverage options that are both festive and balance out a heavy feast? These Thanksgiving drinks, including apple water, orange water and cranberry water, can help reenergize your guests as the food coma sets in.
Nothing says “autumn,” quite like apple cider. For a lighter take, especially needed when devouring those heavier Thanksgiving dishes, try out Apple-Cinnamon Infused Water. In a large pitcher, combine thinly sliced apple slices and cinnamon sticks and fill with water. Prepare this the day before Thanksgiving to allow for proper infusion and also to take off the day-of pressure. Right before serving, strain the water into another pitcher, fill with ice cubes and pair with dessert for a refreshing, slightly sweet and balanced drink.
For a warm, after dinner drink, Ginger-Cinnamon Tea will get your guests feeling cozy and comfortable. Heat up ginger and cinnamon with water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low, simmer for approximately five minutes. Strain the mixture before serving. The cinnamon keeps with the seasonal fall theme while the ginger may help to soothe the digestive system after a much-enjoyed feast.
This year’s cranberry sauce might have some competition with Orange, Cranberry and Sage Infused Water. Infuse orange slices, cranberries and sage leaves together in two liters of water overnight. The drink has a mix of sweet and savory flavors, which will pair nicely with the main turkey dish.
Whether it’s apple-infused water or hot cinnamon-flavored tea, these festive Thanksgiving drink recipes require quality filtered water to match. Culligan is here to ensure your water system is filtering to the highest standards, because your guests deserve the best water-based drinks with the best meal of the year!