Perfect Drink Pairings for Your Favorite Holiday Moments
The holiday season is all about spending time with family and friends, sharing special moments, and enjoying good food and drink. We created a guide for perfect drinks pairings that are quick and easy to make for your favorite holiday moments — from wrapping gifts, to entertaining guests, and more.
Read on for our handy holiday drink guide to making the perfect (and easy) drinks to pair with every special moment this season.
Holiday hors d’oeuvres with friends: You’re hosting a group of friends for holiday hors d’oeuvres before heading off to The Nutcracker or the symphony. You want to serve a drink that pairs well with salty snacks that also whets the palate before the show.
What to make? A Kina Cocktail. Fill a mixing glass with ice. Add 1.5 oz. gin, 1.5 oz. vermouth, 1.5 oz. Lillet Blanc, and .75 oz. of sherry and stir to combine. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
Holiday movie-athon: Perhaps the most magical moment — that time between Christmas dinner and bedtime (or the weeks leading up to the big day) — when the family gathers around the living room to watch Christmas movies. Whether you watch a classic like White Christmas or a crowd-pleaser like Elf, everyone enjoys relaxing and laughing together as a family. This moment calls for a drink that doesn’t take away from precious family movie time and also pairs well with movie snacks like popcorn, candy, and Christmas cookies.
What to make? A Boulevardier, strong enough to last the length of an entire movie. In a mixing glass full of ice, combine 1.5 oz. of bourbon, 1 oz. Campari, and 1 oz. sweet vermouth. Stir to combine and strain into a coupe glass.
Wrapping presents: The kids are finally asleep after a long day of holiday pageants and parties and you’ve got a few quiet hours ahead of you cutting ribbon and doing holiday origami. Whatever you make needs to be made quickly and swiftly (think stirred, not shaken). A little caffeine to give you a quick boost of energy wouldn’t hurt either. The drink should also be easy to make, because let’s face it, you have enough to do without doing dishes too.
What to make? A Vanilla Berry Cola. Take an old-fashioned glass and fill it with ice. Add 2 oz. Chambord and 2 oz. Vanilla Vodka and stir. Top with Coke Zero.
Christmas morning: It’s 7 AM and the family is already gathered around the tree. The stockings have just been dug into. The ribbon candy is being bitten into. Presents are about to be ripped open. Mom and dad need an early pick-me-up that’s warm and inviting, as the kids squeal in excitement over their newest Lego set.
What to make? Irish Coffee. Pour hot coffee into a hot glass until it’s 3/4 full. Mix in two sugar cubes and stir to dissolve. Add 2 oz. Irish whiskey. Whip heavy cream and top the Irish coffee with lightly whipped cream.
Assembling your child’s present: Santa brought your kid his own train set and now you’re left figuring out how to assemble it — all 300 pieces of it. If you’re in the garage putting together this gadget, you’ll need something to warm you up. Caffeine to get you through this project is key too.
What to make? Mexican Hot Chocolate. Brew up 6 oz. of your favorite hot chocolate. Pour into a mug and add 2 oz. of Anejo tequila and stir. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with chili powder and cinnamon for a little kick.