Make your holidays extra special with tasty combos that’ll wow your guests. Imagine sipping on a fruity Blackberry Martini while enjoying smoky deviled eggs. And don’t miss out on the fun – try margarita’s to martinis, and dips to nibbles, these pairings create a mix of yummy flavors that’ll make your celebrations awesome!

Appetizer & Cocktail Pairings Guide for the Holidays

Cocktails and delicious appetizers are the dynamic duo that take center stage at any gathering, be it a casual get-together or a swanky cocktail party. The art of food pairings with a favorite cocktail is a great way to start any party! Wine pairings are always a hit, but pairing a savory appetizer with a refreshing cocktail, now you have a party! Join us on a journey through an array of cocktail and appetizer pairings that celebrate a fusion of flavors, from tangy blackberry martinis to savory sensations like smoked deviled eggs, creating a symphony of taste that is sure to impress.

Contents hide
1 Appetizer & Cocktail Pairings Guide for the Holidays

 Tex-Mex Appetizer & Cocktail Pairings

Indulge in the creamy goodness of Corn Dip featuring Smoked Poblanos & Cream Cheese, paired flawlessly with the tropical kick of Mango Margaritas. The smoky, creamy dip perfectly contrasts the fruity sweetness of the margaritas, making each bite and sip a delightful blend of savory and tangy flavors that’ll keep you coming back for more.

Corn Dip with Smoked Poblanos & Cream Cheese & Mango Margaritas

Easy Watermelon Margaritas & Mexican White Cheese Dip {Queso Blanco}

From Rachel at Craving some Creativity

Spicy Michelada Paired with Easy Grilled BBQ Shrimp Appetizer

From Yvette at Muy Bueno

A classic Mexican beer cocktail, this Spicy Michelada recipe is a lighter version of a bloody mary that’ll go down super easy any time of the day! Pair with: Easy Grilled BBQ Shrimp Appetizer with Baked Flour Tortilla Chips. These are made with just 7 simple ingredients in less than 20 minutes. Juicy grilled jumbo shrimp are piled onto crispy baked tortilla chips with a dollop of creamy guacamole.

Spicy Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita Paired with Tequila Lime Wings

From Denay from Confetti & Bliss

This spicy strawberry jalapeño Margarita is the perfect summertime drink. It has a hint of sweetness, a fresh fruity flavor, and a kick of spice from the jalapeño. Pair with  tequila lime wings that are  crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside. Easy to make in an air fryer or oven, they’re packed with Mexican flavor. Serve with creamy tequila-lime dipping sauce and juicy wedges of lime. Serve them as appetizers, lunch or dinner.


Spicy Jalapeno Basil Moscow Mule - The Short Order Cook
This spicy jalapeno basil Moscow mule is the best summer cocktail. Absolut Peppar vodka & ginger beer make a refreshing, fun, & easy drink.
Check out this recipe

Pair with:

Watermelon Pico de Gallo (salsa) - The Short Order Cook
The sweet watermelon in this pico del gallo (salsa) balances the pungent onions, spicy peppers, and the fresh kick from the lime and cilantro.
Check out this recipe
Watermelon Pico de Gallo (salsa) - The Short Order Cook

Classic Margarita with Baked Chicken Tacos

From Dana At Killing Thyme


Classics Appetizer & Cocktail Pairings with a Twist!

Let’s start with a classic cocktail pairing. Make your own Bloody Mary mix and set up a bar! This vodka cocktail is a brunch favorite. The tangy flavors, accentuated by the addition of tomato juice and a hint of lemon juice, make it the perfect complement to Spicy Deviled Eggs! The perfect pairing for your next Brunch!

For a more timeless duo, consider making these pecan, spicy jelly & boursin tarts. The balances the bold flavors of the cocktail, making it an excellent choice for any cocktail hour.

 Sweet & Savory Boursin Mini Pecan Tarts & Cranberry Boston Bourbon Sours!

Classic Canadian Caesar Cocktail Paired with Bacon Spinach Pinwheels

From Elizabeth at Frugal Mom Eh

Air Fryer Egg Rolls paired with Strawberry Bellinis

From Tiffany at Simply Happenings


The Best Pickle Juice Martini - Dash of Jazz
Make the best easy pickle juice martini, aka the pickletini, with just a few ingredients and about five minutes!
Check out this recipe

Pair with:

Easy Southern Deviled Egg Dip (Keto, Gluten-Free & Vegetarian) - Dash of Jazz
Classic deviled egg flavors are remixed into an easy dip that will satisfy keto, gluten-free, vegetarian, and traditional eaters alike!
Check out this recipe


Hugo Cocktail - Chrstina's Cucina
A hugo cocktail is a clear, refreshing chilled elderflower flavored cocktail. It’s a popular, before-dinner summer drink in Europe.
Check out this recipe

Pair with:

Prosciutto and Melon (Prosciutto e Melone) - Christinas Cucina
Prosciutto and melon is a classic Italian antipasto dish which combines two contrasting flavors for a surprisingly delicious combination.
Check out this recipe

Festive Holiday Appetizer & Cocktail pairings

When it comes to a Christmas or New Years Party, you are gonna want to jazz up your usual cheese and crackers with a glass of wine. Time to bring out some fancy snacks and your signature cocktails. All of these look fancy and taste amazing, but they are simple to make.

Steak Crostinis paired with Pomegranate Lemon Drop Martinis

Steak Crostinis are an easy appetizer that you can make from leftover steak, and bread. Seriously. A mix of ricotta cheese with horseradish, a drizzle of balsamic honey glaze and a few pomegranate arils, and this is the perfect bite! This recipe for Pomegranate Lemon Drom Martinis is great for entertaining because it’s easy to make in bulk so that you have plenty for your party guests—and it   looks as beautiful as it tastes!

Winter Aperol Spritz paired with The Best Cranberry Whipped Feta Dip

From Jess at Cooking in my Genes

Prepare for the festive holiday season with a delightful Winter Aperol Spritz that perfectly complements this seasonal Whipped Feta Appetizer. The creamy whipped feta is adorned with a simple homemade cranberry compote, topped elegantly with chopped pistachios, and finished off with a drizzle of honey, creating a flavorful and visually appealing pairing that will elevate your holiday gatherings.

German Mulled Wine paired with Baked Figs with Goat Cheese

This easy and warming German Mulled Wine recipe (Gluhwein) is a perfect drink to serve during festive season. It smells like Christmas and serves a crowd! Serve with these easy 15-minute Baked Figs with Goat Cheese, walnuts, honey and sage recipe.

Baked Brie with Pears & Almonds with a  Green Apple Martini

Charcuteri Cups & Cranberry Gin Cocktail

From Jen at Peel with Zeal!


Handheld mini charcuterie cups are ideal for parties and gatherings. Mix and match the filling to make unique and fun combinations that wow guests and fit your budget. Pair these cups with a cranberry gin cocktail!  No hard-to-find ingredients or complicated steps. Just a classic cocktail you can easily make at home.


Antipasto Wreath paired with White Lady Cocktails

From Amanda at Amanda’s Cookin’

This gorgeous Antipasto Wreath is an eye-catching festive appetizer to snack on before your holiday meal, and it’s so easy to assemble! Pair it with these totally dreamy White Lady Cocktails! The silky surprise of frothy gin, egg whites, and orange flavored liqueur make the white lady cocktail a beautiful sipper with a citrus bite.

Cheese Lovers appetizer & cocktail pairings

How about some good ol’ Southern charm with the spicy cheesy goodness of this pimento cheese paired with this refreshing blackberry bourbon sour!


Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini with Roasted Grapes & Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktails

This delicious Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini with Roasted Grapes is the perfect appetizer for fall and winter. This appetizer goes so well with Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktails for a Fall holiday get together.

From Veronika at The Healthful Ideas

 Citrus martinis, plus Sweet and savory brie

Seafood Lover appetizer & cocktail pairings

Smoked Salmon + Raspberry Martinis: YES PLEASE!

The smoky salmon flavor pairs perfectly with the slightly tart raspberry martini!

If you love island cocktails and seafood, then you will be obsessed with this combination from Angela at the Short Order Cook! This heavenly tropical Pina Colada on the Rocks is a shaken, not blended. It is the perfect breezy, slightly sweet drink to pair with Ahi Tuna Poke Nachos with Wontons.

Pineapple Rosemary Crush Cocktails paired with Dynamite Salmon Appetizers

From K.C. at Gluten-Free Foodie

Crisp, refreshing and surprising too, these Pineapple Rosemary Crush Cocktails are the sparkling libation you didn’t know you were missing. Pair with Dynamite Salmon Appetizers that are almost as gorgeous on the plate as they are delicious – and they’re so easy you’ll have all your party guests fooled.

Shrimp Cocktail & Champagne Cocktails Recipe

From Lisa at Delicious Table

Once you try this amazing shrimp cocktail recipe, you will never buy the shrimp ring of packaged pre-cooked shrimp at the store. Chic Champagne Cocktails glitter with real gold and bubbles of fine Champagne or prosecco for New Year’s Eve or holiday celebrations like a Christmas party!

Vegan Appetizers & Sips

Easy Vegan Crab Bites paired with Mulled Apple Cider (Mocktail!)

From Melissa at Vegan Huggs


Perfect Party Appetizer & Cocktail Pairings Guide

Course: Appetizer, cocktails
Cuisine: American, Italian, Mexican
Keyword: appetizer, bourbon, cocktails, dips, gin, martini, snacks, vodka


  • cocktail glasses
  • Serving Plates
  • Napkins
  • Small forks


  • Party Food Pairing for Tex-Mex Fans
  • Classics with a Twist
  • Festive Holiday Pairings
  • Perfect for Cheese Lovers
  • Seafood Lover Appetizers & Cocktail Pairings


  • Prep ahead of time!
  • Chill the glasses!
  • Have enough bottled water & plain seltzer on hand!
  • Have a back stock of additional varieties of crackers and veggies to fill in.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


Granny smith green apples and green apple martini
Bourbon Gingerbread Eggnog with whipped cream and eggnog and ornament
blackberry martini with a half of lemon, and a jigger of blackberry simple syrup
2 Raspberry martinis for valentines day cocktails




spicy pimento cheese in a bowl with crackers and a napkin
baked brie with fig jam and almonds and pears and prosciouto
Sweet and Savory Boursin Mini pecan tarts with pepper peach jelly

Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

Hi, we are Bruce and Dina Miller. We love to cook every night. We enjoy making a few healthy dishes, and also comfort food. We love crafting cocktails too! Come take a look, we would love to share our recipes with you.


  1. joy Reply

    Your stuff Rocks! Love your blog, website etc. You guys got it going on. Big Hug Dina, Happy New Year’s 🍾❤

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply


      You seriously just made our day! Thank you for the hugs! I miss you! And your laugh! Happy New Years! Cheers to 2022!!!

      Dina (and Bruce!)

  2. Tayler Reply

    These are all such great pairings! I especially can’t wait to try the pomegranate recipes!

  3. Holley Reply

    These are great recipes and tips! Saved me a lot of time when I was preparing for my dinner party!

  4. Andrea Reply

    All of these recipes sound fantastic and I love the parings.

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply


      With Summer party season coming up these come in handy!

      Dina and Bruce

  5. Shadi Hasanzade Reply

    Fabulous recipes! They’re perfect for parties and gathering!

  6. Erik Reply

    5 stars
    So many great ideas! Def would not have thought to pair some of these.

  7. Suja md Reply

    5 stars
    Better than store-bought and so much more wholesome! Loving these!

  8. Ali Reply

    5 stars
    Great suggestions for cocktails and appetizer pairings!! I love hosting cocktail hours and there are some perfect ideas in here for my next one.

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply


      Our friends have been asking for app and cocktail party ideas, so we just had to round these up. So many to choose from! And all so good!

      Thank you,

      Dina and Bruce

Leave a Reply

Recipe Rating

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.