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It’s not uncommon to see a bowl of salted peanuts on the bar of any fine cocktail establishment. These complimentary snacks are salted for a reason – they make you thirsty, so you’re more likely to drink more. But actually, nuts are an enjoyable pairing for cocktails. You don’t have to stick to the traditional peanuts. Here are some of our favourite nut and drink combinations.

Old Fashioned and Pecans

If you’ve ever been to a particularly high-class bar, you might have watched your bartender blending pecans to put in your Old Fashioned cocktail. Most don’t have the time, especially as the recipe doesn’t actually call for it, but you can get the same experience by having a small bowl of pecans alongside your cocktail. Sweeter versions pair better with the smooth bourbon, so look for nuts covered in caramel.

Old Fashioned cocktail recipe

  • 1 cube Sugar
  • Few dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 45ml Bourbon

Muddle the sugar with the Angostura bitters and a few splashes water in an old fashioned glass. Fill the glass with ice and add the bourbon. Stir gently. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry and serve.

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Margarita and Cashews

The silky soft cashew goes so beautifully with the sharp tequila of a Margarita. Both give off tropical holiday vibes,  and both are a naughty treat. You’ll only need a few Margaritas to earn a hangover, but at least a few cashew nuts will help soak it up a bit! Choose a roasted cashew nut, ideally with a coconut flavour, for the ultimate combo.

Margarita cocktail recipe

  • 20ml Triple Sec
  • 15ml Lime juice
  • 50ml Tequila
  • Pinch Salt

Rim the edge of a cocktail glass with salt by coating the edge with lime juice and dipping into the salt. Add the other ingredients to a cocktail shaker with a few cubes of ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.

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Chocolate Martini and Peanuts

Let’s be honest, a Chocolate Martini is almost a dessert, so it doesn’t necessarily need accompaniment. But if you do want to enhance your cocktail experience, peanuts are a great option. Leave those salted nuts to the beer drinkers – your Martini deserves somesophistication. Honey peanuts will taste beautiful alongside the decadant crème de cacao of your drink.

Chocolate Martini cocktail recipe

  • 45ml Vodka
  • 30ml Coffee liqueur
  • 30ml White vermouth

Moisten the rim of a chilled martini glass and roll in cocoa powder. Add the vodka, vermouth and crème de cacao to a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into the prepared chilled cocktail glass and serve.

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Martini and Almonds

There’s something classy about an almond which makes it the perfect match for a Martini. They also go well with Prosecco or Champagne. Add a little sweetness to the mix by choosing sugar-glazed almonds. This classic pair is always a winner.

Martini Perfect cocktail recipe

  • 45ml Dry gin
  • 22.5ml White vermouth
  • 22.5ml Red vermouth
  • Dash Angostura Bitters

Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain in chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel twist and serve.

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Espresso Martini and Brazil Nuts

What goes well with coffee-based cocktails? Brazil nuts! These large, chewy nuts taste amazing with Espresso Martinis, perfectly balancing the tartness of the coffee and smooth Martini flavour. Roasted Brazil nuts work best for this match.

Espresso Martini cocktail recipe

  • 30ml Coffee liqueur
  • 50ml Vodka
  • 10ml Sugar Syrup
  • 1 shot Coffee

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously; it should be somewhat frothy. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve.

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Swap the crisps for these nut-based snacks and enjoy a classier match. Nuts are a great choice for cocktail pairings, and there is something for everyone to enjoy. There’s no need to turn to boring peanuts anymore!

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