This Thanksgiving, Drink outside the box with Dewar’s 12

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When hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, we generally reach for wine to serve alongside the standard fare. But this year, I wanted to think outside the box when it comes to Thanksgiving libations. Being a whisky loving woman, I figured, why not try whiskey with Thanksgiving dinner this year? So that’s exactly what I’m going to do, with Dewar’s 12 Blended Scotch Whisky.

I’ve hosted a few Thanksgiving dinners in my time (I know, try to contain your shock) and let me tell you, it’s no easy feat. Cooking the turkey to tender perfection, peeling and mashing potatoes, making dessert, and figuring out how to make everything before your guests arrive; there are a lot of moving parts to this operation. With all the hard work that goes into it, picking an accompanying whisky requires careful consideration. You need something that suits all the hearty, savory and aromatic flavors of your dinner, but that can also compliment the dessert you’ll be serving.  You’ve got your guests tastes and exposure to whiskey to consider as well. Dewar’s 12 fits the bill on all counts.

Dewar’s 12 is blended in a time-honored process and aged in vintage oak casks as the flavors come together harmoniously. The whiskey is double aged for a smoother taste, making it a great gateway scotch for those new to the spirit. And being the world’s most awarded blended whisky (seriously, this guy has won over 500 medals in international competition), Dewar’s 12 will impress even the most sophisticated scotch drinkers in your party.

Whether you focus on the turkey and all the flavorful fixins’, or you set your sights on the sweets awaiting you at the end of the meal, Dewar’s 12 whisky will compliment whatever you crave.  Serve it neat alongside turkey and stuffing, its smooth flavor complimenting the homey tastes of the meal. Serve it with dessert, its smooth vanilla and honey notes perfectly suited to traditional pumpkin pie.

To help you get creative this Thanksgivings, our friends at Dewar’s have concocted some delectable cocktails. Consider serving one of these alongside your turkey, or as a companion to whatever dessert happens to grace your table.


The Grateful Ginger

1.5 parts Dewar’s 12 Blended Scotch Whisky

.75 parts Lemon juice

.75 parts Honey syrup

3 slices fresh ginger

Candied ginger garnish

Method: With a wooden muddler, muddle fresh ginger in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Combine blended Scotch, lemon juice, and honey syrup, and fill shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled (about 20 seconds). Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass, double straining to remove any stray ginger if desired. Enjoy!


Blackberry Bounty

1.5 parts Dewar’s 12 Blended Scotch Whisky

.75 parts Lemon juice

.50 parts Simple syrup

.25 parts. Crème du Mure

Blackberry for garnish

Method: Combine all listed ingredients (minus crème de mure) in a rocks glass. Fill with crushed ice and stir. Top with more crushed ice and then drizzle crème du mure on top. Garnish with a fresh blackberry.


Gold Fashioned

1.5 parts Dewar’s 12 Blended Scotch Whisky

Honey Syrup

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

2 dashes Orange Bitters

Orange zest garnish

Method: If not already done, prepare honey syrup by combining equal parts hot water and honey and leaving to chill. Combine honey syrup and bitters in glass, add cubed ice, add whisky and stir. Top with more ice and stir if needed. Twist orange zest oils over the drink and garnish.

So this year, choose whisky over wine and serve Dewar’s 12 with your Thanksgiving Dinner. Click here for where to find it in Ontario.

Enjoy your holiday weekend, and please drink responsibly.

This post is in partnership with Dewar’s and Addicted Media Inc.

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Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Addicted Magazine. Her myriad of addictions include music, fashion, travel, technology, boxing and trying to make the world a better place. Nadia is also a feminist, an animal lover, and a neverending dreamer. Keep up with her on social media through @thenadiae.
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