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When it comes to birthdays, everyone knows that candles and cake are the quintessential pair. But what about cocktails and cake? We’ve put together this helpful list of some of our favorite whisky and food pairings sure to elevate your next birthday bash. So blow out the candles and let’s celebrate.

Give a memorable birthday toast with this elegant cocktail that features the harmonious combo of The Glenlivet 12 Year Old and champagne. With notes of dry citrus, fresh fruit and toasted brioche spices, it’s an ideal pairing for the sweet goodness of desserts like baked apples and peach cobbler.

– Nutella brownies
– Baked apples
– Peach cobbler

Add spice to any birthday celebration with the peppery heat of ginger found in this refreshing cocktail. Made with The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, it effortlessly pairs with the spicy sweetness of carrot cake or a batch of zesty lemon bars.

– Lemon bars
– Carrot cake
– Funfetti

Nothing says it’s my time to shine better than a Mai Tai! Traditionally made with rum and a tiki party fave, this version gets a smooth upgrade with The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve. Turn on the party jams and dig into a tropical-inspired dessert to pair with your scotch (drink umbrella optional).

– Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes
– Mango Mousse
– Key Lime Tarts

Sometimes you don’t want a cocktail. Sometimes you just want to get lost in the sweet and fruity aromas, succulent flavors, and smooth finish of a single malt. While it pairs with many foods, for a birthday celebration we suggest enjoying it with the salty sweetness of a toffee chocolate bar or the bright and buttery decadence of an orange pound cake.

– Poached spiced pears
– Orange pound cake
– Toffee chocolate bars