Paso Robles Magazine’s Mocktails & Cocktail Tasting at Pappy McGregor’s

By the Paso Robles Magazine Editorial Board 

Photos by Hayley Mattson 

As the holiday season draws near, it’s the perfect time to immerse yourself in the world of mixology and uncover exciting new flavors that will elevate your festive celebrations. In preparation for this year’s annual holiday taste contest, our team embarked on a delightful journey to Pappy McGregor, a beloved local gem nestled in the heart of downtown Paso Robles. 

Our journey into the world of holiday mixology was made even more enjoyable as we were hosted by Donovan Schmit, President and CEO of the Park & Pine Group, along with his talented team. Together, we explored a lineup of signature cocktails and exclusive holiday creations, setting the stage for a memorable afternoon filled with tantalizing flavors and creative concoctions. Pappy McGregor’s expert mixologists amazed us in four categories: Presentation, Aroma, Taste, and Originality. Each category showcased a standout cocktail that left an indelible mark on our palates. 

During this holiday season, be sure to make a visit to Pappy McGregor’s and savor the favorites selected by our team! Our winning choices are highlighted below. Here’s to a season brimming with extraordinary cocktails and unforgettable moments! Cheers!

Category Winners 

Presentation — Smoked Maple Old Fashion

Aroma — Sugar and Spice 

Taste — Tango After Midnight

Originality — The Final Say 

Staff Pick Cocktail

Taste Winner

Tango After Midnight 


Reposado tequila + tamarind + lemon + five spiced simple + tajin brown sugar rim + torched orange + rocks

Break the Chain 


blackberry bramble gin + rosemary simple + lemon + orange liqueur + torched rosemary + served up

Originality Winner

The Final Say


last word play * botanist gin + clarified lime + luxardo cherry + green chartreuse + orange liqueur + butterfly pea ice + served up

Keep on Fallin


Rosemary apple infused gin + cranberry simple + orange + egg white + sugar cookie + served up 

Presentation Winner

Smoked Maple Old Fashion


Whistle pig piggy back rye + smoke + whistle pig estate maple syrup + large rock

Irish Coffee Slushie


Made with Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey & topped with house whipped cream

Un Cafecito


Cold brew infused tequila + oat milk + ancho chile + piloncillo syrup + vegan foam + cobble ice 

Staff Pick Mocktail

Aroma Winner

Sugar and Spice


Apple cider + spiced cranberry + orange juice 

South for the Winter


Charred pineapple + coconut + lime


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