Dessert and Drink Pairings

I’m handing my blog over to Kacey from The Drifter Collective today! She’s sharing some yummy dessert and drink pairings for a fancy and fun evening! 

Dessert and Drink Pairings for Your Fancy and Fun Evening

Whether you’re hosting a wine tasting or a dinner party, your fancy and fun evening isn’t complete without the perfect dessert and drink pairings. Whether you like sweet or salty, there are a number of tasty desserts to pair with alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks for all picky palates:


Three Beers and Their Perfect Desserts

Are you a dark beer or a light beer person? When your event is BYOB, a selection of tarts or fresh berries are easy desserts to pair with a variety of beers:

1. Porter and Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Porters are deliciously thick and dark, with nut, toffee and chocolate notes depending on your choice. The perfect complement to a porter is a classic tray of chocolate-covered strawberries.

The sweet strawberries will add a lush lightness to the thickness of the beer, and the chocolate will melt perfectly with the taste of the beer. Dark chocolate would go especially well with this beer, with added heart health benefits.

2. Pilsner and Lemon Desserts

Pilsners usually have a medium body or a light body, depending on if it’s a German or American origin, for example. Pilsner has a malt taste and finishes clean and dry, with floral notes.

This beer pairs well with a vibrant, clean and tart lemon. For dessert, a lemon tart or shortcake adds an additional sweetness to diversify the taste range, without detracting from the pilsner’s flavor.

3. Ginger Beer and Cheesecake

Ginger beer comes in alcoholic and nonalcoholic varieties, but the naturally homebrewed type is more spicy. Temper the ginger beer with a light pumpkin and mocha cheesecake. This will accentuate the flavor of the ginger, without overpowering it.


It’s Cocktail and Dessert Hour

You usually think of cocktails before the dinner party, but they’ve been trending and pairing stunningly lately with desserts. A tip to the best pairings is to match your mixer with key ingredients in the dessert:

1. Coffee-Based Cocktails and Sweet Desserts

The acidic flavor of coffee pairs well with sweeter desserts, such as double-chocolate chip cookies or a down home peach cobbler. If you’re making a White Russian or an Irish Coffee, consider the Kahlua or Bailey’s as you pick your sweet dessert.

For a nonalcoholic mock tail, skip the booze and go with similar syrups you’d find in a coffee shop. Replace chocolate liqueur with a rich dark chocolate syrup, for example.

2. Cognac/Scotch Cocktails with a Cheese Plate

Cheese isn’t just an appetizer. A soft goat cheese or Brie pairs complements a cognac cocktail, with a light, fruity flavor. Pair a smoky Dutch cheese with a scotch cocktail to highlight similar smoky or oak notes.


Host a Wine Tasting with Finger Desserts

Dry, sweet, light, round, white and red — the options for wine choices are as varied as the palates of those attending your party. When hosting a wine tasting, it’s best to have small samples of salty and sweet desserts as guests sip. Consider truffles, cookies, fudge, small squares of dark chocolate, small sorbets and miniature versions of other desserts with your wine choices at the party:

1. Moscato and Fruit Pies

Moscato is an Italian sweet wine popular for its fruity and light taste. Wonderful to sip on the porch in spring and summer weather, moscato is also thought of as a dessert wine. A pink moscato will have nuanced flavor: vanilla or caramel to a citrus or nectarine taste. Red moscato will range from a wild cherry to a peach. They can also have honey or apricot notes.

Moscato may be balanced with a fruit pie, such as a red moscato with a cherry pie. You could also grill fresh fruit on skewers for a different twist.

2. Cabernet Sauvignon and Truffles

From a medium to full body, cabernet sauvignon blends are rich and may contain notes of blackberry and oak, among others. Decadent chocolate truffles with a creamy center extend the richness of this wine.

Desserts and drinks for a calm and warm evening help guests to unwind after a strenuous week while socializing with loved ones.

Your fancy and fun evening, with its unparalleled pairings, will be spoken of for months to come. What delicious dessert and drink pairings do you plan to add to your menu?


Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

You can also find her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.


  1. April J Harris says:

    Pinned, tweeting and sharing on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page! What lovely ideas for entertaining from Kacey. Beer, wine and cocktails can make such lovely dessert companions. Thank you so much for sharing this post with Hearth and Soul, Courtney.

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