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SPONSORED — One of the best parts of the holiday season is the food. There are so many flavors to choose from for your next festive gathering.

The key is to match your dishes with the right drink, whether by adding it as an ingredient or offering it as a pairing. Here are a few ideas that will impress guests at your next party and satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

Artichoke and spinach dip

Busy the day of the party? Let your slow cooker do the heavy lifting for you. This irresistible artichoke dip can be made fast with frozen spinach, prepared Alfredo sauce, and plenty of Swiss cheese. Serve with your choice of chips, breadsticks, toast, or veggies — it goes with everything.

Enhance the dip with Elk® Rider Gin from Heritage Distilling Co. (HDC) for a hint of fresh and herbal flavor.

Buffalo chicken dip

Take advantage of a streamlined way to enjoy the spicy goodness of buffalo chicken wings, without the messy work. You can pull this dip together with just five minutes’ of prep work to chop the chicken and add the buffalo sauce. Pop it all in the slower cooker and warm. Then mix in some HDC Sweet Ghost Pepper Vodka for an extra hit of heat.

Festive veggie platter

Don’t just throw veggies on a platter — make a Christmas tree out of them. You can make greenery and ornaments with broccoli and tomatoes, use pretzels for the trunk, and create snow with cauliflower. Throw in a creamy dip and you have a healthy and tasty appetizer.

Pair a Lavender Rickey with your platter. This light and fizzy drink will let the crunch and flavor of fresh veggies shine. To make this simple and delicious drink, mix the following ingredients in a tumbler:

• Pressed lime wheel
• 2 ounces HDC Lavender Vodka
• ½ ounce cranberry juice
• Dash of lemon bitters
• Top with soda water

Turkey parmesan cheese balls

Turkey parmesan cheese balls are an easy-to-make crowd pleaser with a blend of Italian seasoning, parmesan, and garlic. You’ll likely want to make a double batch, so switch it up by making one batch with sausage instead of turkey.

Looking to enhance the flavor? Add a little D’s Seasoned Vodka to this dish for a flavorful layer of fresh rosemary & thyme, roasted garlic, black pepper, sun-dried tomatoes and other savory spices.

Cheesy garlic pull-apart Christmas tree

Loaded with cheddar, mozzarella and Colby and Monterey Jack cheeses, this appetizer is almost too good looking to eat — almost but not quite.

Pair this dish with a BSB 103 Mule for a spicy and clean drink that will give you enough room for more bread. To make it, mix the following in a tumbler or copper mug over ice:

• 2 ounces BSB 103® (103 proof Brown Sugar Bourbon)
• ½ ounce lime juice
• Top with ginger beer
• Lime wedge or wheel for garnish

Holiday-themed cheese ball

Make a grand entrance with an adorable snow person made of your favorite flavors of cheeseballs, with seasoned cream and cheddar cheeses.

This time, your perfect pairing is a Bourbon Old Fashioned. A nutty and herbal, slightly oaky and smoky drink will complement the richness of cheddar and cream cheese.

To make it, muddle two dashes of aromatic bitters with a sugar cube and a splash of soda water in a tumbler. Then add the following:

• 2 ounces HDC Dual Barrel (Vanilla) Bourbon
• Ice
• Top with soda water
• Orange twist and cherry for garnish

For more holiday beverage recipes, visit or try the wide portfolio of whiskeys, gins, vodkas and rums at one of HDC’s tasting rooms throughout Washington and Oregon.

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