One of my favorite things to do when entertaining is pairing food with wine or even beer. The right red can take pasta to a new level while a delicate white perfectly complements light seafood. This weekend, I want to mix it up and pair a cocktail with my meal. So, I headed over to Better Homes and Gardens Associate Food Editor Hali Ramdene for the 411 on pairing cocktails with food.
I loved this gorgeous Blackberry Gin Shooter from Dine and Dish. It looks like a fun way to get the party started! Hali recommended pairing the sweet shot with these Rosemary-Brie Chicken Burgers. “Rosemary and gin are a classic combination. This duo is perfect for summer grilling parties!”
Feeling like something sparkling? This Kombucha Cocktail from Camille Styles looks super refreshing and delicious. The perfect pairing for this summer strawberry drink? Creamy Avocado Basil Pasta. “The slightly-sour drink will cut through some of the pasta’s richness and the basil is a great match for strawberries.”
I love breaking out the blender and I can’t wait to make these Frozen Coconut Pineapple Margaritas from The Blond Cook. Rich and creamy, this tropical drink practically screams summer. Hali suggests a bold, spicy sandwich to enjoy with the frosty drink. We love these Sausage Dinner Hoagies!
One of my go-to summer sippers is shandy and the ultra-refreshing Southern Shandy from Pretty Plain Janes looks even better than the classic version. Their ingenious addition? Peach Brandy! Pair this with a smoky grilled Baconista Brat. “There’s nothing better than a grilled brat and a cool cocktail on a warm summer night.”
Looking for the perfect sangria? We’re partial to the gorgeous Watermelon Basil Sangria from JJ Begonia. Sweet, juicy watermelon and rose wine were meant to be together. A drink this sweet screams for steak. Hali recommends pairing it with these Greek Flat Iron Steaks. “These steaks are amazing and a great twist on a summer classic.”
There you have it! Our picks for perfectly paired cocktails and dishes. Have a favorite pairing? Let us know in the comments section!
Sarah, Associate Digital Food Editor