Yes, onions are a base ingredient in an overwhelming number of dishes, but on Thanksgiving they play an important recurring role. Find them finely chopped as a base for stuffing and gravy, or quartered and roasted inside the cavity of the turkey. Ben & Jack's Steakhouse in New York City offers a Gibson with pickled onions for garnish.
Like onion, celery is an important flavoring agent in many of your favorite Turkey Day dishes. The Gin & Sun cocktail, at Portland's Gilt Club, features house-made celery bitters.
Beets are a popular side dish at many a Thanksgiving feast, and at Russian restaurant Mari Vanna in New York City, the root vegetable gets infused in vodka. If you're into cocktails that literally taste ground-to-glass this powerful, earthy spirit is definitely for you.
Butter is a major Thanksgiving Day player—in the mashed potatoes, tossed with the sautéed vegetables, smeared on the cresent rolls. Hot Buttered Rum, like this one, from Cafe Nell in Portland is a natural cocktail equivalent.
Think Thanksgiving cornucopia and squash automatically comes to mind. This unique cocktail, from 8st Kitchen in New York, mixes Kabocha squash purée with soju to surprisingly delicious effect.
Apple cider, apple pie, apple diced up and mixed in your stuffing—the iconic fall fruit makes several feast day cameos. Vanderbilt's Hudson Buck hits the seasonal cocktail mark by using apple cider molasses.
Maybe you're more of a pecan pie kind of person. Pair a slice with a cocktail that features this homemade pecan-infused bourbon.