Seasonal Sips: Holiday Cocktail Pairings for Classic Feasts

by The Tasting Alliance Team  |  12.26.2023

As traditional holiday flavors grace our tables, elevate your celebrations with a trio of captivating cocktails perfectly harmonized with classic holiday foods.

Cranberry Mule

Pairs well with roasted turkey or ham.


  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • Ginger Beer
  • Fresh Cranberries and Rosemary for garnish

Fill a copper mug with ice. Add vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and gently stir. Garnish with fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.

Spiced Apple Cider Bourbon

Pairs well with savory dishes like glazed ham or roasted vegetables. 

1 oz Maple Syrup


  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 4 oz Apple Cider
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Apple Slices and Star Anise for garnish

Heat the apple cider with the cinnamon stick until warm (but not boiling). Remove from heat and let it cool slightly. In a glass, combine bourbon, fresh lemon juice, and the warmed cider. Stir gently and garnish with apple slices and a star anise.

Peppermint White Russian

Pairs well with desserts like chocolate Yule log or peppermint bark. 


  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Peppermint Schnapps
  • 2 oz Cream or Milk
  • Crushed Candy Canes for rimming (optional)
  • Whipped Cream and Peppermint Candy for garnish

Rim a glass with crushed candy canes (optional). Fill the glass with ice. Add vodka, peppermint schnapps, and cream. Stir gently. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a piece of peppermint candy.

With each sip, these cocktails infuse gatherings with a touch of elegance and festive spirit, transforming moments into cherished memories. Cheers to the joys of the season shared amidst laughter, good company, and the delightful harmony of food and drink.