We talk a lot about pairing wine and beer with food, but what about cocktails? Do you sip cocktails with snacks or with meals — or do you just drink them alone? If you drink them with a bite of food, do you have pairings that you love? Here are a few ideas for pairing cocktails with delicious snacks.
What makes a good pairing of cocktail with appetizer? Do you look for complementary flavors, colors, or textures? Personally, I look for related tastes — a pineapple cocktail with herbs to pair with mozzarella toasts; a crisp gin and tonic to go with cucumber-topped crackers.
Here are a few ideas that seem like they would make great pairings for a cocktail party.
5 Cocktails with Hors D'oeuvres to Match
• Watermelon Mojito with Paella — Sweet, salty, smoky, and a little spicy; all of these flavors would work so well together.
• Gin and Tonic with Cucumber and Shrimp Crackers — Crisp, cool flavors. These two recipes were made for each other.
with Smoky Deviled Eggs with Greek Yogurt
— Yes, you could go the obvious route and pair a margarita with guacamole (try this grilled version)
but why not try something different? The tangy, salty punch of margaritas would go splendidly with these rich, smoky deviled eggs.
• Pineapple Basil Cocktails
with Fresh Mozzarella Toasts with Spicy Herb Oil
— Basil paired with herb oil and mozzarella, for a summery take on the caprese salad, in cocktail form. You could also pair this cocktail with these tomato mozzarella skewers
• Lemon Verbena and Orange Blossom Fizz with Cream Cheese and Arugula Toast Bites — A sweet, herbed (potentially non-alcoholic) cocktail is complemented by creamy yet slightly spicy toast bites. A perfect pair from the garden.
What are your favorite cocktail snacks to go with your own favorite cocktails?
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