We’ve made it easy for you to serve exactly the right waters at your Thanksgiving dinner by providing a classic progression of waters based on a three-course dinner. There are several alternatives for each course.
Cocktails and Appetizers: Start With Some Lively Bubbly
Welcome your guests with a sparkling water that is either Classic or Bold. Classic is what most people think of when they talk about a sparkling water. The bubbles are medium-sized; the density of the bubbles creates significant differences among the brands. Some waters feel very fizzy while others are less aggressive, like Champagne. Some Bold waters can create a “fireworks-in-your-mouth” kind of feeling. Served ice-cold, the bubbles can be overwhelming to some people who do not like “bold” waters. Served closer to room temperature, the bubbles will be less lively.
Dinner: Waters With High Mineral Concentrations Complement Robust Foods
Pair your dinner with Effervescent or Light waters. Light waters have a smaller bubble than Classic waters. These waters draw broadscale interest and attention: many people who claim they don’t like sparkling water (“too many bubbles”) love waters in this category. Effervescent waters have the smallest possible bubbles: some are barely noticeable.
The smaller bubbles make Effervescent and Light waters a perfect match for the mouthfeel of the turkey and the side dishes. Due to the robust food flavors, medium to very high TDS* waters are called for, as they have more structure (definable qualities). When selecting a water, the level of bicarbonates also should be considered, as high levels are, in general, advantageous to digestion.
*Total Dissolved Solids, the percent of minerals and other elements that flavor the water.
Dessert: Effervescent Waters Are An Epicurean Surprise
Pair your dessert with an Effervescent or a Still water. More then 65% of consumers in the U.S. prefer Still (non-sparkling) waters with their food, but Effervescent waters are an epicurean surprise to many. These sophisticated waters delightfully straddle the line between Still water and Light sparkling water. Some of these waters are barely effervescent, almost still; others lose their sparkle very quickly and become almost still—like a wine that quickly evolves.
Effervescent waters are almost flat, but their hint of mouthfeel will be a special sensation to those who have not experienced them. They are a perfect match for pumpkin pie with whipped cream, as the super-small bubbled provide some contrasting mouthfeel to the classic Thanksgiving dessert. If you prefer completely still waters, we have provided two excellent choices.
With all courses, you can serve more than one water, which affords a greater voyage of discovery. This is not only a day of thanksgiving, but a day to learn something new and valuable that will enrich your life going forward.
Water is a health and energy enhancer, and most people don’t drink enough of it. There’s no better guarantee of consuming one’s eight glasses a day than finding waters that make you want to reach for the bottle.
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