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How to Pair Food and Alcohol to Achieve the Perfect Combination

December 20, 2017

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Is there anything more blissful than achieving the perfect balance of your favorite alcoholic beverage with an amazing meal? Well, as an alcohol and food lover, I too can vouch that pairing these two is one of the most heavenly combinations ever!

We usually enjoy this twosome in parties or at a get together with friends, but perhaps we’re not exactly aware as to what types of food would go best with a particular drink and vice versa.

If you don't do it the right way, you may actually end up spoiling out your entire dining experience. But if you are able to do it right, then voila! You are guaranteed a wonderful gastronomic experience

While wine has been the favorite drink amongst many food lovers, people all over the globe are increasingly switching to other alcholic drinks such as beer and whisky to pair with food. Let us help you discover the most suitable pairings of food and alcohol that will result in a sumptuous dining experience: 

 

1. Champagne and oysters

 

champagne and oysters

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Oysters have a distinguished and unique salty flavor whereas champagne has a light, subtle and sweet flavor. When they are combined, they offer an amazing combination of that perfectly balances the sweet and salty flavors. Keep in mind that generally, seafood also goes well when paired with white wines or sparkling wines such as Prosecco.

 

2. Light wines with desserts

 

Desserts are sweet on their own and because of this, you should choose a wine which does not have an overly sweet flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon for example, thanks to its bold fruit flavors, can make a great pairing when combined with sweet and rich desserts such as a blackforest cake. 

 

3. Red wine & red meat

 

smoked ham and red wine

 

If you consider yourself a food lover, you may already know about this combination. Red wine such as Merlot renders a strong and a bold aromas and goes well along with foods having a robust flavor. Beef dishes and roast lamb (or even ham) are some that would taste best when paired wth red wine. Also, if you also happen to be a chocolate lover, you should also consider host chocolate and red wine pairing parties! Both red and white wines are perfect when combined with chocolates. 

 

4. (Low alcohol) Wines with spicy food

 

If you’re on the hunt for alcoholic beverages that would go well with flavorful and spicy dishes such as Indian curry, go for those which have a lower alcohol content. You can even opt for sweet wines such as Riesling to bring about a distinct flavor of the two.

 

5. Beer and food pairing

 

beer and steak

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Many people choose to enjoy their meals with beer on the regular cause it goes with almost everything. But you may not know is that beer can also make a great choice when paired with contrasting food combinations too. You can gulp a glass of strong beer with sweet desserts like a cheesecake pot, and it will enhance the flavors of your sweet treat. Contrary to this, you can also pair a salty snack such as a pretzel with beer, to elevate the flavors of each.

 

6. ‘Earthy’ wine with ‘Earthy’ foods

 

 One of the most enchanting pairing combinations is the one wherein the food and the wine mirror one another. The factor of earthiness is usually found in the red wines like Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo, making them a great fit to go with the earthy ingredients like bison steaks or wild mushrooms.  

Now, that you know some great tips on how to pair food and alcohol, discover some mouthwatering combinations of your favorite food and alcohol.

 

7. Cocktails with food

 

finger foods

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Cocktails such as the margarita smash are the best to serve your guests during a dinner party along with some complementary finger foods to nosh on. It’s important to understand that the aroma and the taste of the cocktails of the mixers and the flavors, as opposed to the type alcohol used. So, we should ensure that the ingredients in the food are chosen would compliment the taste of the mixers!

 


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