When you head to your favourite restaurant for your favourite food, often there’s only one thing that can improve the experience – a fantastic drink to go alongside it. Restaurants often create perfect pairings of cocktails and meals that match up deliciously, but if you’re cooking from home there’s no reason you can’t take the same inspiration. If you need to stock up your bar first, the best thing to do is usually to order alcohol online from specialist suppliers before you start cooking. Here are five fabulous combinations to try.
1) Chocolate & Berry Dessert + Chambord Sour
A traditional seasonal dessert is the classic combination of chocolate and winter berries. For example, a chocolate and cranberry torte would make a great alternative Christmas treat, or even a classic Black Forest Gateau could do the trick. For the perfect accompanying drink, shake whiskey, egg white, sugar and lime juice with ice before straining and adding a dash of Chambord raspberry liqueur.
2) Lemon Chicken + Pineapple Mojito
Lemon is a simple but effective way to enhance the flavour of chicken, and works best when you’re either grilling or roasting your meat. For a sweet summer combination, there’s no better drink than a refreshing Pineapple Mojito to serve alongside it. For best results, use mint flavoured sugar syrup and pineapple rum to maximise your flavours.
3) Beef Burgers + Bacardi Mojito
We know… we really like Mojitos, and they happen to go brilliantly with several meals! This Jamie Oliver recipe is particularly on point, and just as easy to follow as you would expect. Our favourite meal to pair with this drink would be homemade beef burgers, which are a really fun and flexible meal to master if you enjoy having friends over for some simple home cooking and cocktails.
4) Tiramisu + Mexican Coffee
For coffee lovers, tiramisu is a great choice for a dessert – it’s not exactly traditional, but you can certainly swap some ingredients to make a coffee flavoured version. While you’re enjoying your delicious dessert, try adding tequila, kahlua and vanilla ice cream to a strong coffee for a supremely rich after-dinner cocktail.
5) Roast Lamb & Rosemary + Madeira Martinez
Roast lamb can be a succulent treat once you learn how to cook it to a restaurant standard. It all depends on the quality of the meat, too, and of course your fresh seasoning. To really enhance the flavour, pair with a Madeira Martinez – fortified Portuguese wine with gin, honey syrup, Angostura bitters and pomegranate molasses. It might sound like a lavish combination, and that’s true, but it’s a great accompaniment for the meat, especially when garnished with a rosemary sprig.