Cookies & Cocktails
by Candace Nelson
It’s a special time of year for a food lover. You may celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef and potatoes. Maybe you’re celebrating Mardi Gras with King Cake. Or, you might enjoy a delicious curry while celebrating Holi.
But for this lifelong Girl Scout, March means Cookie Season. That’s right: Thin Mints, Samoas (or Caramel DeLites), Tagalongs (or Peanut Butter Patties), and this year’s newcomer, Adventurefuls, are prime palate pleasers this month as they make headlines with delivery notices throughout the country.
And I know I’m not alone in my love for the seasonal treat. The Bluegrass region of the country has good taste in these famous sweets. According to research from Influenster in 2017, Tagalongs, Thin Mints, and Samoas were the top sellers throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
Girl Scout Cookies are big business. They’re like the Alison Krauss of cookies. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest entrepreneurial program for girls in the world.
If you want to experience these cookies the right way, put that Krauss record on in the background, pull out those boxes of cookies and pair them up with these alcoholic beverages that are time-tested for a match made in bluegrass heaven.
Girl Scouts Cookie: Samoa
Drink Pairing: Mudslide
The Samoa may be the most indulgent cookie with its chocolate, caramel, and coconut. So, naturally, it goes well with an adult version of hot chocolate. If you’re feeling froggy, crumble up some Samoas to top your drink with for some extra texture.
Girl Scout Cookie: Adventurefuls
Drink Pairing: Martini
I’ve not had as much time to experiment with this year’s brand new cookie, but I can tell you very few things don’t pair well with brownies and caramel in my book. That’s why we’re going with the martini. The martini serves as a blank canvas and will allow any other flavors to shine. For bonus points, try an espresso martini to pull out the bitterness that pairs with the indulgence of this cookie.
Girl Scout Cookie: Tagalongs
Drink Pairing: White Russian
As one of my personal favorites, the Tagalong pairs with almost everything; it’s crunchy and chocolatey and peanut buttery and doesn’t get much better. But if you want the classic milk and cookie combo, the White Russian comes pretty close. A coffee liquor, vanilla vodka, and sweet cream or milk take this experience to the next level.
Girl Scout Cookie: Thin Mint
Drink Pairing: Mojito
If you’re looking for refreshing flavors, look no further. The mojito is a citrusy, minty fresh drink that benefits from the chocolatey cookie to make a well-rounded treat.
Girl Scout Cookie: Trefoil
Drink Pairing: Old Fashioned
The Trefoil is a simple, shortbread cookie that pairs well with coffee, hot chocolate, tea, or a classic old-fashioned. The old-fashioned has notes of spices and citrus that complement the simplicity of the buttery cookie.
Girl Scout Cookie: Girl Scout S’mores
Drink Pairing: Moscow Mule
There’s something about the spicy ginger cocktail that makes me want to sit around a campfire. Or maybe a fireplace. Either way, it gives off the same vibe as s’mores. Warm up your s’more cookie to serve with the cold copper mug drink for more contrast.
Girl Scout Cookie: Lemon-ups
Drink Pairing: Margarita
If you’re a fan of citrus, this is the pairing for you. The sweet lemon flavor in the crunchy cookie goes well with the lime juice from the margarita. Bonus: the salted rim helps balance out the sweetness.
Girl Scout Cookie: Do-si-dos
Drink Pairing: Strawberry Daiquiri
There are few combinations better than the classic peanut butter and jelly, which this pairing emulates. The crunchy peanut butter cookie with the sweet, fruity daiquiri makes for a delicious grown-up version of the childhood favorite.
Girl Scout Cookie: Toffee-tastic
Drink Pairing: Hot Buttered Rum
The gluten-free cookie is buttery and crunchy, so the hot buttered rum complements the flavors and helps moisten up the Toffee-tastic. In this case, the drink may be more flavorful than the cookie, which pairs well, so neither is fighting for attention.
In full disclosure, I am employed by the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, and opinions expressed here do not reflect those of the Council. They are solely my own. I’ve always loved Girl Scout Cookies, so I’m excited to share my devotion – especially paired with booze.
What is your favorite Girl Scout Cookie and drink pairing? Let us know in the comments below.