Milk & Cookies for Grown Ups: Cocktails & Cookies

Photograph by Julia Ahtijainen

Winter has arrived and it’s time to step up your approach to holiday festivities and creative menu items. For some, celebrating in December is all about cocktails. For others, the holidays are a fantastic excuse to eat candies, cookies and other comfort foods with reckless abandon. Well, we have great news: this is one of those cases that affords you the luxury of pleasing everybody.

If you think about it, serving cookies with cocktails makes sense. Cookies have been served with all sorts of beverages: tea, milk, even ouzo. So why not step up your holiday cocktail presentation by using cookies as garnishment? Another creative use of cookies with cocktails is crushing them to create a cookie rim for signature beverages. If you don’t have access to a kitchen at your bar, you don’t want to bake them yourself, or you don’t have a cook or other staff member who can bake cookies, this is a great opportunity for you to develop a working relationship with a local bakery. At the very least, consider holiday cookies as a bar snack or dessert item to accompany your signature winter cocktails. Oh, you don’t have any signature winter holiday cocktails? There’s no need to worry – our extensive recipe database has just what you need to infuse your menu with liquid holiday cheer.

Happy holidays!

Sugar Cookies are great for the holidays because they can be baked into festive shapes and decorated in a multitude of ways.

Rum Balls pair very well with cocktails that feature cream, creamy liqueurs and coffee.

Gingerbread practically screams Christmas. These Chewy Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies are delicious as garnish or dessert.

The Chez Panisse Gingersnap created by Alice Waters may just be the epitome of winter holiday cookies.

If you want to impress guests and bartenders alike, offer them these Fernet Branca Cookies created by Celeste in Chicago.

Glogg is a traditional Scandinavian spiced wine beverage that provides relief from cold weather.

Eggnog is a winter classic and this Bailey’s Eggnog recipe is sure to please your guests.

The Snowball is a holiday cocktail developed by the same people who brought you Fernet Branca Cookies.

If you’re looking for a simple but satisfying holiday cocktail, Smirnoff Peppermint Hot Chocolate definitely fits the bill.

Not only is the Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel by Nicolas de Soto unique in that it’s a Hanukkah-themed cocktail, it’s actually made by infusing tequila with gelt: chocolate coins.


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