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46 Drink & Cookie Pairings for a Crawl Around the World

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Take a look at our Cookies of the World map and you'll find more than one recipe you want to make. And when you get thirsty after all that baking, you might need something to wash down all those sweets.

Eating around the world can be tough work.
Eating around the world can be tough work. Photo by James Ransom

Heck, you might just want to turn the whole affair into a cookie-cocktail crawl, so we helped you out (because we like the way you work). We paired each one of the 46 cookies on our map to a drink that would go with it nicely. And no, we didn't pick milk every time.

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Dorie Greenspan's Hot (and Cold) Chocolate

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Both are rich with chocolate and good really really cold.

Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas Cookies

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Holiday Milk Punch

Holiday Milk Punch by Erika Kotite

Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas Cookies and Holiday Milk Punch: both impossibly festive and old timey Americana.

Italian Rainbow Cookies

Italian Rainbow Cookies by Nina Caldas

Vanilla Egg Cream

Vanilla Egg Cream by Amanda Hesser

For the kid at heart—and anyone who likes really sweet treats.

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Potato Chip Cookies

Potato Chip Cookies by Leslie Stephens

How to Build a Better Beer Float

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If we're putting potato chips in cookies, then we're putting ice cream in beer, too.

Benne Wafers

Benne Wafers by Food52

Tipsy Arnold Palmer

Tipsy Arnold Palmer by Samantha Weiss Hills

Our home and design editor Amanda Sims voted to pair these sesame-studded cookie with Arnold Palmers, on account of needing something with tang to offset the richness of the wafers. And I chose a boozy version.

Prune and Chocolate Rugelach

Prune and Chocolate Rugelach by Food52

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Gift these rugelach with a bottle of red wine—Manischewitz if we're really being traditional.

Mini Black and White Cookies

Mini Black and White Cookies by Yossy Arefi

Manhattan

Manhattan by Erika Kotite

New York state of eating—and drinking.

Bizcochitos (Anise Cookies)

Bizcochitos (Anise Cookies) by Food52

Pastoral Wander

Pastoral Wander by fiveandspice

Anise-seeded cookies from New Mexico, meet this drink that has a dab of anise-spiked absinthe.

Mexican Wedding Cakes II

Mexican Wedding Cakes II by Food52

Mid-Winter Margarita

Mid-Winter Margarita by Food52

Nobody has ever served me cookies with a margarita, but maybe winter—when margarita consumption is down and cookie eating is up—is the time to try it?

Brazil's Favorite Sweet is Only 3 Ingredients

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The Milk Fat Percentages You Need To Know

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These Brazilian cookies taste like icing rolled in sprinkles; all you'll want is a big glass of milk.

The Sandwich Cookie Argentineans Love More Than Steak

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Magical Coffee

Magical Coffee by ErinH

These sandwich cookies have a little more going on than, say, an Oreo. So you should eat them with a drink that also has a little surprise: Magical Coffee's got cinnamon and brown sugar.

Serinakaker

Serinakaker by fiveandspice

Sunrise Over The Fjord

Sunrise Over The Fjord by fiveandspice

Fiveandspice knows Norway.

Swedish Rye Cookies

Swedish Rye Cookies by Heidi

Glögg (Mulled Wine Punch)

Glögg (Mulled Wine Punch) by Erik Lombardo

This combination screams Christmas in Sweden.

Polish Apricot-Filled Cookies

Polish Apricot-Filled Cookies by Food52

Apple Peel Tea

Apple Peel Tea by Micki Balder

For these light, buttery, jam-filled cookies, you want something fruity yet not too sweet. Enter Apple Peel Tea, which is like an earthier apple cider.

Grandma Bohlmann's Pfeffernusse

Grandma Bohlmann's Pfeffernusse by mary beth

Hot Spiced Drunken Apple Cider

Hot Spiced Drunken Apple Cider by Cordelia

When you're shopping for these spiced German cookies, grab a bottle of German wine to make a spiked, spiced apple cider.

Austrian Vanilla Crescents (Vanillekipferl)

Austrian Vanilla Crescents (Vanillekipferl) by Ursula | Lil Vienna

Creamy Cashew Hemp Latte

Creamy Cashew Hemp Latte by Gena Hamshaw

The match for crumbly vanilla cookies? A creamy vanilla latte.

Vanilice (The Little Vanilla Cookies)

Vanilice (The Little Vanilla Cookies) by QueenSashy

Vanilla Bean Lemonade

Vanilla Bean Lemonade by Ashley Rodriguez

These Serbian cookies translate to "The Little Vanilla Cookies"—so a little more vanilla can't possibly hurt.

Koulourakia (Greek Sesame Twist Cookies)

Koulourakia (Greek Sesame Twist Cookies) by cucina di mammina

Braulio Shandy (Valtellina)

Braulio Shandy (Valtellina) by Erik Lombardo

I couldn't decide if I'd rather have these cookies for breakfast or with after-dinner drinks, so I went with a shandy—like a mimosa, but with beer.

Flo Braker's Pains D’Amande

Flo Braker's Pains D’Amande by Genius Recipes

Voilà l'Été: The French 75

Voilà l'Été: The French 75 by pierino

French fanciness—without fuss.

Brandy Snaps

Brandy Snaps by Haley Priebe

Mulled White Wine with Pear Brandy

Mulled White Wine with Pear Brandy by Merrill Stubbs

Brandy cookie, meet Brandy drink.

Maltese Lemon Christmas Cookies

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Apple Blow Fizz

Apple Blow Fizz by Erik Lombardo

A cookie and a cocktail that are more zesty and sprightly than many other winter renditions in their categories (the lemon may have something to do with that).

Spanish Butter Wafers

Spanish Butter Wafers by Food52

Lemon and Sherry Spritzer (aka Rebujito)

Lemon and Sherry Spritzer (aka Rebujito) by Amanda Hesser

Spain at its simplest.

Tehina Shortbread Cookies

Tehina Shortbread Cookies by Michael Solomonov

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These earthy shortbread cookies are begging for freshness—in the form of mint (or any other herb!) tea.

Samsa (Almond-Orange Triangles)

Samsa (Almond-Orange Triangles) by Anissa Helou

Moroccan-Style Almond Milk with Orange Blossom Water & Cinnamon

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Almond and orange, two ways.

Chin Chin

Chin Chin by Egunsifoods

Sipping Chocolate

Sipping Chocolate by Heather Hands

Itty bitty drinks for itty bitty cookies.

Nigerian Coconut Cookie Crisps

Nigerian Coconut Cookie Crisps by Kitchen Butterfly

Sparkling Cranberry Gin Punch

Sparkling Cranberry Gin Punch by Food52

This cookie recipe makes 10 dozen cookies, so you're going to need a big batch of booze to follow suit.

Halawa Truffles

Halawa Truffles by Suzanne Zeidy

Date Shake with Toasted Nuts

Date Shake with Toasted Nuts by fiveandspice

You'll find seeds and nuts in both the truffles and the shake—fiber but in a funner form!

Mbatata (Sweet Potato Cookies)

Mbatata (Sweet Potato Cookies) by Food52

Warm Eggnog

Warm Eggnog by Waverly

Saying "mbatata" over and over will make you very giddy, so let some eggnog help that merry holiday spirit along.

South African Chocolate Pepper Cookies

South African Chocolate Pepper Cookies by Food52

Livorno Punch (Ponce Livornese)

Livorno Punch (Ponce Livornese) by Emiko

Neither the pepper-laced cookies nor this coffee-rum concoction are in any way shy or demure—get ready to shock your system (in a good way).

Basler Leckerli

Basler Leckerli by TheFritschKitchen

    Honey-Pomegranate Mulled Wine

Honey-Pomegranate Mulled Wine by Dinner was Delicious

The bitterness of the citrus peel in these German cookies finds a friend: the tangy pomegranate juice in this mulled wine. And honey in both helps sweeten the deal.

Elisenlebkuchen

Elisenlebkuchen by Sophia R

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk by AntoniaJames

The 7-ingredient spice blend in these gingerbread-like cookies begs for something cooling and subtle, like almond milk.

Buccellati (Sicilian Christmas Fig Cookies)

Buccellati (Sicilian Christmas Fig Cookies) by Emiko

Figgin' Delicious

Figgin' Delicious by fiveandspice

Gobble up all the dried figs in every way you can while you wait patiently for fresh fig season.

Curd Cheese Cookies

Curd Cheese Cookies by Olia Hercules

Butterbeer

Butterbeer by arielleclementine

If curd cheese is going in our cookies, then butter is going in the drink.

Rice Cookies with Cardamom and Rose Water

Rice Cookies with Cardamom and Rose Water by Taste of Beirut

Gingered Lemon Punch

Gingered Lemon Punch by inpatskitchen

These cookies and this punch aren't what you'd normally consider wintry: Instead, they're light as can be, aromatic and springy thanks to rose water and rice flour (for the cookies) and ginger and bubbles for the punch.

Helen Getz's Springerles

Helen Getz's Springerles by Amanda Hesser

Anne Willan's Ypocras (Spiced Red Wine)

Anne Willan's Ypocras (Spiced Red Wine) by Genius Recipes

If these recipes seem old fashioned (in a good way), that's because they are.

Stained Glass Cookies

Stained Glass Cookies by Dorie Greenspan

An Americano in Paris

An Americano in Paris by fiveandspice

Both are festive in red—and Dorie Greenspan, who created the cookie recipe, is an American living in Paris, so an Americano in Paris seems only natural.

Struffoli (Italian Honey Ball Cookies)

Struffoli (Italian Honey Ball Cookies) by Angela Brown

Nardini Spritz

Nardini Spritz by MollyandBrandon

A little spritz with fried foods is how the Italians like things to be.

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Buckwheat Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Preserves

Buckwheat Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Preserves by Alice Medrich

Hot Toddy with Dried Cherries and Lime

Hot Toddy with Dried Cherries and Lime by Amanda Hesser

Two cheers for cherries times two.

Chickpea Flour (Besan) Laddu

Chickpea Flour (Besan) Laddu by A Brown Table

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Tea time, Indian style.

Coconut Milk Fudge (Topra Pak)

Coconut Milk Fudge (Topra Pak) by Meera Sodha

Saffron and Cardamom Lemonade Concentrate

Saffron and Cardamom Lemonade Concentrate by Saee Khandekar

Coconut, saffron, cardamom, and lemon are great friends in Indian cuisine—and here in this 3-ingredient fudge and 5-ingredient lemonade.

Chinese Peanut Cookies

Chinese Peanut Cookies by Andrea Nguyen

Last Call

Last Call by gingerroot

While these sandy cookies would be divine with a pot of green tea, a green tea-infused cocktail might be wiser. 'Tis the season.

Matcha Butter Cookies

Matcha Butter Cookies by Emiko

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Polvorón Candies

Polvorón Candies by Food52

Brown Butter Spiced Ale

Brown Butter Spiced Ale by sdebrango

A little brown butter for the cookies—a little for the rum.

More: How to brown butter.

Pichet Ong's Tangerine Pies "Kuey Tarts"

Pichet Ong's Tangerine Pies "Kuey Tarts" by Food52

Orange Green Tea Sparkler

Orange Green Tea Sparkler by Merrill Stubbs

These "tangerine pies" from Singapore do not actually have tangerines in them, so the drink should be more honest: There is orange, and there is green tea.

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Irish Hot Chocolate

Irish Hot Chocolate by Marian Bull

The cookies one-up Thin Mints, and the boozy drink one-ups hot chocolate. It's like childhood, all growed up.

Mango Melting Moments

Mango Melting Moments by Emiko

Fizzy Orange Sherbet Cooler

Fizzy Orange Sherbet Cooler by EmilyC

If we're dreaming of the tropics by way of mango cookies, then we might as well get ice cream involved.


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