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Drink and Pastry Pairings for Your Fall Gatherings

Autumn is just around the corner, and it brings with it plenty of opportunities to gather with family and friends. Whether you’re joining in on a harvest festival or enjoying meals together around the fireplace, “Share the Good” with all your loved ones by including your favorite, seasonal Butter Braid® Pastry. Our hand-braided pastries are made with 100% real butter and come with several sweet and savory fillings to add an extra layer of decadence to all your fall celebrations. Once you’ve picked the pastries you want to serve, you just need to choose which drinks you’ll serve with them.

We’ve written before about the importance of choosing the right drink to pair with your pastry offering. Butter Braid Pastries are made with buttery, flaky dough, fresh and indulgent fillings, and topped with a variety of sweet icings or rich dipping sauces. Each one is full of flavor, and the right drink has the ability to harmonize with those flavors to create a truly unforgettable dining experience. Our guide on fall drink and pastry pairings will provide you with tips on picking just the right beverage for your pastry. Whether you’re getting ready for a memorable holiday meal or a simple morning breakfast with loved ones, these flavor combinations are sure to delight your guests and help create unforgettable moments around the table.

Bring Out All the Flavors of Your Apple Pastry

Apple Braided Pastry next to a glass of Apple Cider Spritzer. A full pastry is in the back on a serving platter with a slice on an individual plate. Green cloth napkin is in the background.

The Apple pastry is bursting with apple flavor. Hand-braided layers of dough are wrapped around a spiced apple filling to create a treat that is sure to impress any guest. When picking a beverage to serve with this delicious pastry, choose one that will highlight all the complex spices and natural fruity flavors that make this timeless treat so irresistible.   

Sparkling Apple Cider Spritzer

A match made in fruity heaven; a sparkling apple cider spritzer will bring out the best in your Apple pastry. Vibrant and refreshing, this blend of sparkling apple cider and soda water elevates the sweet and tangy notes of the apple filling. The crispness of the cider mirrors the butter layers of the pastry, creating a symphony of flavors that will leave your taste buds singing.

Spiced Chai Latte

For a cozy pairing perfect for those chilly, fall days, pair your Apple pastry with a spiced chai latte. The aromatic spices in the chai latte blend seamlessly with the apple’s natural sweetness. The chai’s warmth and the pastry’s delicate layers create a comforting combination that’s perfect for a leisurely afternoon treat.

Complement the Warm Spices in the Cinnamon Pastry Rolls

Cinnamon Pastry Rolls next to a Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon. Rolls are together on a serving platter with one on an individual plate. Purple cloth napkin is in the background.

Our Cinnamon Pastry Rolls are just like the ones your grandma used to make. They’re made with layers of buttery dough, infused with brown sugar and cinnamon filling, and topped with our famous cream cheese icing. These rich, warm flavors are best complemented by drinks that are smooth and sweet as they will enhance those beautiful spices that you know and love.

Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon

Indulgence takes center stage when you pair your Cinnamon Pastry Rolls with a warm hot chocolate. The velvety cocoa perfectly pairs with the warm aroma of cinnamon. It highlights all the flavors in the filling while setting off the tangy flavor from the cream cheese icing. The hot chocolate matches the intensity of the pastry rolls without overpowering them. Add a dusting of cinnamon to the hot chocolate to add an extra layer of spice that will complement the decadent taste of your Cinnamon Pastry Rolls.

Vanilla Chai Latte

The vanilla chai latte, with its sweet, creamy base and hints of vanilla and spice, is the perfect companion to your Cinnamon Pastry Rolls. The cinnamon from the pastry adds some rich flavor to the milk-based drink while the latte smooths out the powerful flavor of the cinnamon in your pastry rolls. The gentle warmth of the latte complements the classic flavors of the Cinnamon Pastry Rolls, making each bite and sip a moment of pure bliss.

Contrast the Richness in a Cinnamon Pastry

Cinnamon Braided Pastry next to a glass of Cranberry Orange Spritzer. A full pastry is in the back on a serving platter with a slice on an individual plate. Brown cloth napkin is in the background.

Thick, gooey cinnamon filling inside layers upon layers of buttery, flaky dough makes the Cinnamon pastry a family favorite. Since cinnamon is a very rich flavor, it’s a good idea to opt for beverages with contrasting characteristics. You’ll want to look for something that is refreshing and bright but not overwhelming. The cinnamon flavor should remain the star of the dining experience.

Cranberry Orange Spritzer

The zesty tang of a cranberry orange spritzer beautifully contrasts with the rich depth of flavors in our Cinnamon pastry. The spritzer’s profile features the bright, tart essence of cranberries mingling with the citrus vibrancy of oranges, creating a refreshing blend. The freshness of the fruit sweetens the experience by striking a balance between the contrasting flavors and complementary notes in the cinnamon filling and buttery pastry. This combination of flavors is what makes it a delightful companion to the warm, spicy allure of a Cinnamon pastry.

Mint Tea

Mint tea pairs remarkably well with the Cinnamon pastry due to the contrasting flavors it offers. The fresh, cool, and herbal profile of mint tea creates a harmonious contrast against the warm and spicy characteristics of a Cinnamon pastry. The coolness of the mint awakens the palate, preventing the pastry’s warmth from becoming overwhelming and allowing you to fully appreciate each element in tandem.

Balance the Sweetness in Your Bavarian Crème Pastry

Bavarian Crème Pastry next to a hazelnut latte. A full pastry is in the back on a serving platter with a slice on an individual plate. Brown cloth napkin is in the background.

Our Bavarian Crème pastry is inspired by the classic French dessert. It’s made of layers upon layers of buttery dough, filled with a sweet vanilla custard, and topped with chocolate fudge icing. This pastry is incredibly sweet and delicious. To keep the sweetness from becoming overpowering, it is better to serve a drink that is tart or earthy in nature. These types of drinks will provide a grounding and balanced element to the pastry.

Raspberry Lemonade Fizz

The tartness of a raspberry lemonade fizz will perfectly offset the richness of the Bavarian Crème pastry. The flavors work to complement and enhance each other because the creamy sweetness of the vanilla custard finds balance in the bright, tangy notes of the raspberry lemonade fizz. The drink prevents the pastry’s sweetness from becoming overwhelming, creating a balanced and more nuanced flavor profile.

Hazelnut Latte

The nutty richness of the hazelnut latte complements the creamy elegance of the Bavarian Crème pastry, resulting in a symphony of flavors that is both comforting and satisfying. The elements in the drink and pastry work together to enhance and elevate one another. The slight nuttiness of the latte prevents the overall experience from becoming too sugary, allowing you to enjoy the pastry’s sweetness without it dominating your palate.

Refresh Your Palate while Enjoying a Cinnamon Pastry Ring

Cinnamon Braided Pastry Ring next to a glasses of Pomegranate Spritzer. The full pastry ring is on a serving platter. Brown cloth napkin is in the background.

If you’re looking for a twist on the buttery, flaky dough and gooey cinnamon filling you know and love, the Cinnamon Braided Pastry Ring is for you. It’s a unique product that makes for a perfect centerpiece for your gatherings and celebrations. It also gives you plenty of opportunities to get creative with your drink pairings. You can add a whole new level of flavor to your Cinnamon Pastry Ring by choosing drinks that lift the cinnamon and add a level of freshness that will highlight all the pastry has to offer.

Iced Vanilla Latte

An iced vanilla latte is the perfect drink to serve with your Cinnamon Pastry Ring due to the way their flavors harmonize to create a refreshingly indulgent experience. The coolness of the iced latte offsets the warmth of the cinnamon, allowing each flavor to shine without overshadowing the other. The vanilla notes in the latte also complement the cinnamon’s depth of flavor, enhancing the pastry’s overall taste profile.

Pomegranate Spritzer

When it comes to contrasting the spicy profile of cinnamon, fruity drinks are the way to go. The tartness of a pomegranate spritzer provides a counterbalance to the warm spices of the Cinnamon Pastry Ring. The contrast invigorates the palate and prevents any single flavor from dominating the experience, resulting in a well-balanced fall drink and pastry pairing. The fruitiness of the pomegranate also serves to refresh the palate between bites to round out the flavorful combination.

Emphasize the Caramel in Your Caramel Pastry Rolls

Caramel Rolls next to a cold Caramel Macchiato. Rolls are together on a serving platter with one on an individual plate. Brown cloth napkin is in the background.

Give in to ooey-gooey goodness when you bite into one of our Caramel Pastry Rolls. Buttery dough is infused with a cinnamon-sugar filling and topped with an indulgent caramel glaze for a treat that will have you going back for seconds. The sweet caramel flavor is what makes these pastry rolls a fan favorite. It’s also the flavor you’ll most want to highlight with your drink pairings. So, when looking for a beverage to serve with your pastry rolls, choose something with a similar level of sweetness as well as a contrasting, secondary flavor that is bitter or tart.

Caramel Macchiato

The caramel syrup in the caramel macchiato resonates with the Caramel Pastry Roll’s sweetness. This balance prevents either the drink or pastry rolls from becoming overwhelming, allowing you to appreciate the complexity of the flavors. At the same time, the espresso shots in the macchiato contribute a gentle bitterness that helps to balance out the sweetness of the pastry rolls. This bitterness creates depth and complexity to your eating and drinking experience, preventing it from becoming overly sugary.

Caramel Apple Cider

You can’t beat the combination of tart and sweet which is exactly what you get when you pair caramel apple cider with your Caramel Pastry Rolls. The tartness of the apple cider complements the sweetness of the pastry rolls, resulting in a combination that is both refreshing and indulgent. The contrast also helps to refresh the palate between bites, ensuring that each taste remains vibrant and enjoyable.

Are You Ready to Start Crafting Your Own Fall Drink and Pastry Pairings?

We hope this guide has given you a glimpse into the world of possibilities that comes with fall drink and pastry pairings. As you prepare your menus for this season of togetherness, remember to have fun with it! Personal preferences will vary, so feel free to experiment and find the combination that appeals to your guests. Whether you choose a coffee-based drink, tea, or fruity spritzer, the goal is to create a balanced and enjoyable experience for all. Now, remember to pick up all your favorite pastry flavors, so you have plenty of buttery, flaky goodness to enjoy all season long.

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