A Guide to Pairing Holiday Movies and Cocktails – VinePair

December 22, 2021 by No Comments

Maybe it’s the cold weather. Maybe it’s the widespread good cheer, or possibly the dark. But whatever the justification, no other season is as widely associated with great movies as the holidays, a fave subject for directors from Frank Capra to Greta Gerwig. There’s nothing quite like curling up with a relaxing holiday movie after an intense shopping session or a few hours wrapping gifts. And for an easy way to take things up a notch, pair that classic holiday movie with a great drink.

Just as with food and wine pairings, combining specific movies with selected beverages offers a chance to discover overlooked similarities and harmonious connections between two of your favorite things. To get into the holiday spirit, try one or more of the following six movie and cocktail pairings. Think of these as a starting point to try with other holiday films — at this point there are literally hundreds — for a perfect match with one of your go-to bottles or favorite recipes.

Movie: A Christmas Carol (1951)

This beloved retelling of the Charles Dickens novella perfectly captures the spirit of Victorian London. While the 1984 color film starring George C. Scott might feel slightly less dated, most critics consider the 1951 black-and-white release the best cinematic version of the story ever made.

Drink: Rusty Nail
The rich spice and heather-honey notes from the whisky liqueur highlight similar flavors already present in Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch — an ideal pairing in its own right — while also creating an ideal Old World, “Christmas spice” mood echoing the one from the film.


  • 1 ounce Johnnie Walker Red Label
  • 1/2 ounce whisky liqueur
  • Cocktail cherry or orange peel, for garnish


  1. Combine Johnnie Walker Red Label and whisky liqueur in an ice-filled mixing glass.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Strain into an Old Fashioned or other serving glass filled with ice.
  4. Garnish and enjoy.


Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Widely considered one of the greatest films ever made, Frank Capra’s holiday classic starts out austere — even somewhat bleak! — before blossoming into its rich climax, full of joyous holiday vibes. As a cultural touchstone, this movie’s lines and scenes are regularly quoted and repeated.

Drink: Johnnie Walker Black Label, Neat
Allow the whisky a few minutes after your first sniff (or consider adding a drop of water to help the flavors open up). Then observe the rich aromas and …….

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