Another holiday season has come and gone, but winter will be hanging around for a couple more months. If you’re trying to cope with the winter chill, then it is time to sit back, relax, and enjoy some much-deserved winter cocktails. But with so many choices to be found on the shelves of liquor stores, how do you know which cocktails go with which winter foods?
Keep reading to learn about some of our favorite food and drink pairings for winter.
When serving wines there are a number of different types to choose from. Wines have many different flavors, and each one should be paired differently with certain foods for flavor profiling. The five most popular wine flavors are Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. When serving light whites like the Riesling or Chardonnay, they are best paired with white cheeses and nuts. Whites also go very nice with lean meats such as chicken, turkey, veal, and pork for entree pairings, or appetizers filled with these proteins. Red wines like the Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon go great with filet mignon, lamb, or sausage. For dessert, red wines pair very nicely with semi-sweet chocolates, making them great for chocolatey desserts of all kinds. Your local liquor store can help you choose the right wines for your winter menu.
The Best Beer Food Pairing for Winter
If you’re looking to drink something that goes along well with anything you eat this holiday season, then choose beer. Beer goes well with almost any food, and you can choose between many different kinds if you’re looking to switch it up. Beer is served at almost every event where alcohol is served because it goes with practically every food. Beer can enhance the flavors of sweet desserts, bring down the intensity of spicy foods, and wash down savory dishes. Beer is such a simple drink, but the simplicity is very welcoming when it comes to the crazy holiday season. Local beer is a great selection to try from your liquor store.
If you’re planning a winter menu for an upcoming dinner party, then choose hearty winter ales and seasonal brews. Dark beers are best served with light salads, grilled meats, and hard cheeses. For an unusual but delicious combination, consider pairing dark beers with sushi this winter.
Cocktail Food Pairings
Cocktails and mixed drinks are great with all kinds of appetizers. People sipping on cocktails like to mix up their palate and enjoy the different flavors offered. Cocktails can be paired with all types of flavors, from spicy, sweet, savory, smokey, cheesy, and much more. The best cocktails to enjoy with your winter appetizers are simple ones with mild flavors. Consider margaritas, beer cocktails, martinis, and similar drinks with only a few ingredients.
Spirits and liquors are very popular drinks to sip on around the holiday season. They can be harder to pair with foods than a simple glass of wine. Gin is great to enjoy with any type of citrus flavoring or something smokey. Bourbon’s smokey flavor profile pairs well with anything barbecued. Vodka is one of the most versatile spirits and can be paired with most anything. Think of vodka as a blank palate and fill in the blanks with whatever you like. Scotch pairs great with savory beef and other dark flavors. Try to avoid anything too spicy when servings spirits, as the heat can be exaggerated by the liquor.
If you’re feeling inspired by any of these winter food and drink pairings, then head down to your local liquor store to stock up.