As you very well know, the holidays are upon us! With the launch of our two new 750 mL celebration bottles in Cranberry and Ginger, we wanted to find a fun way to show how they can be incorporated into your season’s festivities. Our food blogger friend, Amber Kercmar of Loves Food, Loves to Eat, suggested we host a Virtual Pairing Party which would celebrate DRY-inspired pairing and cocktail recipes created by some of our favorite bloggers. We immediately said “yes,” to her brilliant suggestion, and now here we are. Welcome to the party!
Each blogger conjured up original recipes and images for his/her own blog, but also included links to recipes from all of the #VPP participants in their post. We hope this gives readers loads of holiday inspiration, plus an introduction to great new blogs.
Without further adieu, we’d like to introduce this year’s participants from across north America and their incredible recipes. We encourage you to check out each and every one of them.
Loves Food, Loves to Eat highlights stories, recipes, and photos from a 30-something Pacific Northwest gal living, cooking, and eating in Seattle. As mentioned, this blog’s writer, Amber Kercmar, is the co-host of our Virtual Pairing Party and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with her. Check out her Blue Cheese + Bacon Cheesecake to pair with Cranberry DRY and Dark Chocolate Satsuma Truffles to pair with Ginger DRY Sparkling.
Appeasing a Food Geek is a New York-based food blog that explores the science behind recipes in order to understand what makes food so delicious! With loads of delectable snacks and sweets, bubbly drinks, and some serious home-cooking knowledge, Appeasing a Food Geek is the secret to your favorite food memories. Prepare to be amazed by their Cranberry DRY pairing recipe for Sparkling Cranberry Orange Cream Puffs.
Denver-based Cake ‘n Knife is all about creating food that is straightforward, relatable and will blow your friends and family away. Here you’ll find fresh ingredients + unique flavors + love = gourmet food, every single time. Now jump right into their Cranberry Ginger Bourbon Fizz.
SoCal-based Chicano Eats invites readers to experience a piece of Chicano culture and traditions through food and drink, alongside personal stories. Dip your toe into the world of Mezcal with their Grapefruit Mezcal Mule.
DailyWaffle is a Seattle-based lifestyle blog covering books, bricks and bites. Its food coverage includes new products, recipes, food and wine events, and the occasional restaurant review. It also offer spotlights and reviews of cookbooks, food culture and food-related fiction. For a fabulous holiday party starter, check out their Apple and Onion Carmelized Tartlets.
Dunk & Crumble is a Seattle-based recipe and lifestyle blog that focuses on simple, flavorful meals and the occasional (or maybe not so occasional) indulgent treat. We love the recipe and images of their Gin and Ginger Fizzy Lifter as much as we love its name.
North Carolina-based Feast + West shares indulgent recipes, travel inspiration and tips for cooking, entertaining and living — all to help make your life a little more luxurious. Now add their Sparkling Cranberry Vanilla Old Fashioned to your holiday repertoire. You won’t be disappointed!
A Joyfully Mad Kitchen helps inspire you to get in the kitchen without the fear of learning to cook! The Arizona-based food blog shares easy recipes, quick hospitality tips and other ways to make life stress free! For a refreshing side that pairs perfectly with Cranberry DRY, try their Pear and Pecan Arugula Salad with Sparkling Cranberry Vinaigrette.
A Little Saffron is a cooking journal from a humble kitchen in Florida. The blog’s namesake comes from a line in Ratatouille, a movie that charmingly reminded us that anyone can cook. A Little Saffron features weekly posts on cooking projects, recipes, family life and more! For a beautiful and delicious addition to your holiday cocktail go-tos, check out their Ginger Bourbon Cooler.
Nommable is a baking blog that started in 2015 due to a severe lack of hobbies and a desire to do something a little different. Along with some sweet treats, there are almost always words on family, friendship, and Indianapolis. In a way, the blog likes to remind others of the good things in life – the people who make us smile and the places that make us dream big. Their Rosemary Parmesan Scones are the perfect addition to a holiday breakfast or brunch.
Whip up delicious, eclectic recipes and learn the stories behind them at Dallas-based, The Speckled Palate. Like any good Southerner, Erin Parker likes meals with a heaping side of conversation, inviting readers to “Gather ’round the table, and let’s talk food!” What better way to start said chat than with a Ginger Pomegranate Mule?!
Weeknight Society is your answer to the question “What’s for Dinner Tonight?!” Every week the app is loaded with new recipes to get you cooking fabulous dinners your family will want to eat. Follow along on the blog for tips, tricks, and cocktails to make your time in the kitchen a little more fun! For our #HolidayPairingParty, they created this amazing Pumpkin Pasta with Toasted Pecans.
Wit & Vinegar is a Los Angeles-based blog that focuses on fun and approachable food and recipes, with hints of fashion, design, and nonsense. For a fresh take on a holiday pairing, try their Crispy Pork & Sesame Slaw Sliders.
Thank you so much to each of our participating bloggers, and especially to Amber of Loves Food, Loves to Eat for making all this holiday magic happen!
Additional incentive to read: Most of these bloggers are running contests for sweet DRY Sparkling shwag and holiday bottles on their sites. Check out their posts for instructions on how to enter.
Cheers – and happy mixing and pairing!
*PS – If you’re a blogger and want to participate in a future VPP, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll keep you in the loop.