Skip to content

Thanksgiving Secrets: vodka, rum & sparkling shiraz!

November 26, 2008

No, my Thanksgiving Day secrets are NOT getting blotto by drinking vodka, rum and sparkling shiraz!

Instead, try VODKA in your PIE CRUST, RUM in your PECAN PIE, and sparkling SHIRAZ with your bird–whether it be turkey, duck, goose or even (flying!) pig! It even works well with my favorite vegetarian entree, stuffed portabello mushrooms. These secrets will give you EVEN more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!

First up, staples of our Thanksgiving dessert tradition, pumpkin and pecan pies. First things first!

What makes a pie a pie is the crust–preferably a flaky one. Even though I don’t make my own crusts, I do know a few secrets: if you’re going homemade, substitute 2 tablespoons of vodka for 2 tablespoons of water. We all know that water and flour combined make glue; substituting vodka provides the needed moisture to combine the ingredients without turning it into something better suited to a kindergarter’s art project.

If you’re buying a crust, do bother to pick up a fresh or frozen one. Roll it out a small amount, smoothing out gently any cracks or creases, then place in your own pan. Glass pans are the best for crisping up a crust.

Do crimp the edge by pinching the crust between your fingers to crimp it. I pinch a bit of crust between the thumb and forefinger of one hand into the forefinger of the other.

Do bother to make your own pumpkin pie. You’d be amazed at how easy it is–and how much better! The small boy and I made one and now the house smells heavenly. Just follow the recipe on the can!

My next secret has to do with adding a Tablespoon of dark rum to your pecan pie recipe (the one on the dark Karo syrup works fine). Again, it is absolutely worthwhile to make your own pecan pies–very very easy and so yummy! I have built quite a reputation on this pie of mine; for my pecan pie recipe with rum and chocolate chips, go here. I also like to add molasses for a richer, more complex and robust flavor.

The third secret is to serve your dinner delicacies with a sparkling red, like a sparkling shiraz like Trevor Jones, Majella or Paringa–it will go with everything and be an unexpected and festive pleasure!

Up soon: our stuffed portobella mushroom recipe…

Happy Thanksgiving! Even if you don’t live in the US and celebrate “thanksgiving,” which can be quite problematic actually, any day set aside to give thanks and to be grateful for our blessings is a god day.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 28, 2008 5:23 am

    Hmmm…. vodka in the pie crust. A compelling idea I must try the next time I make pie. I usually like to make my pumpkin pie crust out of toasted walnuts. I’m saving my baking energy for Christmas treats. :)

  2. November 28, 2008 7:11 pm

    yummy–crust out of toasted nuts! hung together with sugary something and butter i hope!

    let me know how it comes out next time you make a traditional crust!

    happy thanksgiving!

  3. tothewire permalink
    November 29, 2008 8:10 pm

    Yes indeed…wonder if lawman2 will bake for me? We will have to direct him here to find out!

  4. Lawman2 permalink
    November 29, 2008 8:13 pm

    i thought tothewire said to go to this page…i am but just a humble caveman using her laptop.i guess i could try to bake for her if it would get her to say i do…????

  5. November 29, 2008 8:16 pm

    caveman all you need to do is being able to buy the ingredients, pour them in a bowl, mix and dump in the pie pans, bake for an hour or so, let cool and voila!! it really is that easy to make pecan pies!!

    enjoy and tell me how it goes!


  1. Pages tagged "sparkling"

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Crushed Grape Chronicles

Adventures in Wine Exploration


Taxi Talk Without Tipping

Querus Abuttu

The "Q" Review

Jack Elliott's Santa Barbara Adventure

. . .tales from one man's wanderings, regional insight and history

The magical world of wines from Grocery Outlet

The best and the worst of Gross Out.

Stephen McConnell

A Daily Journal of Fruit, Structure, Varietal honesty, and Balance.

Sonoran Images

Photography by Steven Kessel


Diary of a Wine Student

Syrah Queen

Wine, Food & Travel Resource

The Paper Plane Journey

About my passion for wine and travel

Briscoe Bites

Booze, Baking, Big Bites and More!

Mythology Matters

Matters of Myth, and Why Myth Matters

Smith-Madrone News

Good Thoughts & Great Wine from Spring Mountain, Napa Valley

Fueled by Coffee

Lifestyle, food, parenting, DYI

Bottled Bliss

Day-colored wine, night-colored wine, wine with purple feet...

Do Bianchi

Negotiating the Epistemologic Implications of Oenophilia


Global wine culture

Elizabeth Gabay MW

Wine, Food and History: from the Rhone to Piedmont

Budget Trek Kashmir

Family run Company Specialist Trekking in Jammu & Kashmir, North Indian Himalayas

Oldfield's Wanderings

Objects in blog are closer than they appear

Memorable Moments

With Lists & Adventures That Keep Life Interesting

Vinos y Pasiones

Información acerca de bodegas, vinos, gastronomía y enoturismo.

Best Tanzania Travel Guides

from Kilimanjaro to the Serengeti and beyond


The Best Guide in Tanzania

Pull That Cork

Wine makes our life more fun.

Always Ravenous

Adventures in Food and Wine

Joy of Wine

"Wine cheereth God and man." -- Judges 9:13

Side Hustle Wino

If you're not having fun, you're not doing right.

Vineyard Son Alegre

Organic Wine And Olive Oil From Santanyí, Mallorca (Spain)

L.M. Archer

wordsmith | consumer, b2b + b2c

What's in that Bottle?

Better Living Through Better Wine!


My humble wine blog


When food and wine click!

The Flavor of Grace

Helene Kremer's The Flavor of Grace

The Swirling Dervish

Wine Stories, Food Pairings, and Life Adventures


Living La Vida Vino!

Dracaena Wines

Our Wines + Your Moments = Great Memories

%d bloggers like this: