Celebrate the Holidays with Festive Wines, Beers, Cocktails and More


Total Wine & More is getting in the spirit of the season with fun and festive drink ideas just in time for all your holiday entertaining. From Christmas cocktail recipes to bubbly bottles, Total Wine & More experts share their picks for quenching your holiday thirst.

Looking for the perfect red or white to compliment your holiday spread? Total Wine & More’s Manager of Wine Education, Robb Kimbles, suggests Chateau de Nages Nimes Blanc Vieilles Vignes, ideal for pairing with white meats, and at only $14.99, this white won’t break the bank. Kimbles also suggests Cadence Coda Red Mountain. At $29.99 per bottle, this red blend provides well-balanced flavors perfect for serving alongside of a hearty stew or red meat dish.

Wondering what to pair dessert with this year? Total Wine & More’s beer expert, Rob Hill, suggests Mikkeller’s Santa’s Little Helper. This Belgian-style strong dark ale pairs perfectly with chocolate cake, pumpkin pie, and other holiday desserts.

No holiday beverage guide is complete without a pop-worthy Champagne to ring in the new year with. Total Wine & More suggests welcoming 2014 with a flute full of dry and citrusy Montaudon Brut.

For colorful cocktails reminiscent of the season, Total Wine & More suggests stocking the bar with all the makings for their Festive Cranberry Cocktail. This crowd-pleasing cocktail is simply sumptuous, and perfect for serving at your upcoming holiday party.

Festive Cranberry Cocktail

  • 1 ounce Decadent Vodka
  • ½ ounce Montbisou Framboise
  • 3 ounces cran-raspberry juice
  • Ice

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add vodka, framboise and juice. Shake well and pour into a miniature martini glass. Garnish with fresh cranberries and enjoy!

Want more recipes like the Festive Cranberry Cocktail? Check out Total Wine & More’s Cocktail Corner for more holiday cocktail ideas including recipes for a Mistletoe Martini, Partridge in a Pear Tree cocktail and more.

Celebrate the holidays is fun and easy with these simple and festive beverage suggestions. For more wine, beer, spirits, cocktail recipes, and even gift ideas, visit Total Wine & More.


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