Perfect Pairings with Popular Cocktails

As every responsible drinker knows, it is important not to drink on an empty stomach. Unless your aim is to fall out of a bar after a couple of cocktails and seeing your drinks in reverse, it is sensible to line your stomach so that you can enjoy your evening for as long as possible. People traditionally pair their food with wine, not cocktails, but there are some amazing cocktail/food combinations to be enjoyed. Here are a few ideas.

Mojito and Pea Soup

How good does that Martini taste when you know you are also getting a big portion of your five a day? A warm pea soup in the summer tastes perfect with an ice cold mojito. The sweetness of the peas and the bitterness of the rum compliments perfectly. Also some pea soups are often made with mint added, so if your soup is lacking mint, it can be easily picked up in your drink.

Mojito Cocktail

Cosmopolitan and Cheese and Crackers

Who does not get excited when the cheeseboard is brought out at the end of a meal? The variety of cheeses and array of different biscuits means that almost everyone is satisfied. A cosmopolitan provides the perfect accompaniment to this. The sharpness of the cocktail is complemented by a soft brie cheese and crunchy cracker. The addition of a small piece of cherry or tomato adds to the fruity flavor of the drink.

Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Margarita and Fajitas

The Mexican masterpiece that is the margarita is naturally complemented by spicy Mexican foods. The appealing range of flavors in a fajita pair beautifully with the citrus vibe of the cheeky margarita. Whether you prefer your fajitas mild or super spicy, the margarita will taste perfect with your meal.

Margarita Cocktail

Long Island Iced Tea

You don’t get much more American than a Long Island Iced Tea, and as a result, the best food to soak up all that alcohol is the traditional American burger. The Iced Tea is almost pure alcohol, save for a splash of cola, so it is really important to eat if you would like to drink a lot. The burger is a good, filling food that will prepare your stomach for the onslaught of the potent cocktail, and taste really satisfying too.

Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail

Kir Royale and Strawberries and Cream

It doesn’t get much more decadent than this pairing. The fizziness of the cocktail tastes perfect with some super-ripe, sweet strawberries and smooth cream. Or skip the cream and pop a couple of strawberries in the glass. Heaven on a sunny day.

Kir Royale Cocktail

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