With Thanksgiving around the corner, many of us begin to think about gatherings, celebrations, and of course, food. What better way to celebrate camaraderie and friendship than with a spirit that embodies those characteristics as well as tradition, hospitality, and togetherness. We’re talking about Irish Whiskey. We want to show you why it deserves a spot at your Thanksgiving table & how to bring it from the bar to the table, making it an exciting and complementary companion to any holiday meal.
Bird is the Word
When talking Thanksgiving and pairing food with spirits, we must address the bird in the middle of the room. Turkey is a long-honored tradition and the centerpiece of most Thanksgiving tables. Our favorite Irish Whiskey to pair with turkey is Jameson. With its full forward body and balanced spice, this whiskey is sure to complement any beautiful turkey, from the deep-fried to the 3-day brined.
On the side but never forgotten
Red Breast 12 Yr is an Irish Whiskey that we offer at the Shannon Rose Irish Pub that is certainly complex enough to stand up to any Thanksgiving side dish. It can be paired with anything from marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes to creamy green bean casserole, yet it is soft and subtle enough that it can be enjoyed by even the most overstuffed guests.
A sweet ending
Desserts at Thanksgiving can be just as epic as the main course. With a table full of pies like apple and pumpkin, as well as chocolate offerings, a perfect pairing would be Tullamore Dew 12 Yr. This whiskey is light and soft with a touch of honey and vanilla, ending with a nutty and oaky bittersweetness sure to please any palate. At the Shannon Rose, we have been known to serve this whiskey alongside our apple crisp or in an Irish coffee.
No matter which course or what flavors you cook with, the versatility of Irish Whiskey proves that it deserves a spot at your Thanksgiving table, and the idea of coming together and celebrating the holidays feels like a perfect pairing. We wish you and your loved ones a safe & happy Thanksgiving!
We will be closed for Thanksgiving Thursday, November 26
We are thankful for our team, our guests and this opportunity to spend the day with our loved ones. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!