For some, the booze at the Thanksgiving table is as important as the turkey

Justin Udo
November 22, 2018 - 12:47 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Thanksgiving ranks as one of the most popular drinking days of the year, and a few spirits stand out above the rest.

Turkey and stuffing usually help complete the traditional holiday dinner. And afterwards, many people opt for a slice of pie or two. But in some homes, the holiday booze is just as important as the meal.

Wine is the most popular alcoholic beverage on Thanksgiving, according to Beer is the second-most popular.

For Jane Berryman and her friend Blessing, wine is also their Turkey Day drink of choice.

"I have a Beaujolais in the house," Berryman said Wednesday night, outside of a Pennsylvania wine and spirits store in Old City Philadelphia.

"I picked up a Yellowtail cabernet sauvignon, and a Chronic Purple Paradise," Blessing said.

Josh, another customer, said he prefers Jack Daniel's with his meal, which is not a big surprise. Whiskey is the third-most popular booze of the day.

"I usually just like it with Coke on the rocks, and have it with a good meal," he said. "Mac and cheese, ham, you know, all that good homemade stuff."

Many people credit quality time with family as their reason for having a few extra drinks during the holiday. For some, it's the stress. 

"You got to have a couple of drinks to handle the craziness," said Alana, another customer.

For others, like Andre, it's the camaraderie.

"All your cousins come around," Andre said. "Yeah, that's when the drinking starts. It's a happy time. I'm glad you're around. Let's go."

The survey shows the average drinker has a little more than two and a half alcoholic beverages during Thanksgiving. 

Alana says she plans on being on the higher end of that average.

"We're definitely going to be popping some bubbly. I'm having some Champagne, white and red wine, and then for dessert we're making brandy Alexanders, which is like vanilla ice cream mixed with brandy."