Some may say a classic gin martini goes best with nothing but the olives in the glass, but I believe a nibble or even a full meal is useful alongside the boozy cocktail. The fragrant aromas that waft out of gin may seem difficult to pair with, but they actually work quite well with a number of different foods. Here are just five snacks and meals that pair well with a gin martini.
Even if you already have olives in your glass, a few more to munch on is never a bad idea. The flavor of the sharp cheddar pastry and the salty green olives both complement the bold, bitter taste of a classic martini.
The botanicals in gin really complement just about any seafood appetizer or entrée, but shrimp cocktail is a classic pick for a pre-dinner bite. The chill on the shrimp match the chilled cocktail sauce, and the sweetness of the shrimp is enhanced by the fragrant gin.
Instead of complementing the flavor of a martini, smoked fish contrasts it, which is a fun experiment — you end up really tasting every element of the martini and every element of the rillettes. Plus, both feel extra luxurious.
A salad with a martini? Why, yes! This grain and bean salad actually works great with a classic martini because its dressing is made up of two major flavor characteristics in gin: coriander and citrus.
A fancy martini feels at home next to a fancy steak dinner, but it may even be more fun to pair it with a not-so-fancy (but equally indulgent) steak sandwich. Pile budget-friendly sirloin steak on an onion roll with whole-grain mustard, quick-pickled onions, and arugula and dig in.