Top 10 drinks (other than wine) that go with food
When I'm at a Chinese-American restaurant, I crave a whiskey sour. When I'm eating Tex-Mex food, a margarita is what I want. Of such stuff Top 10 lists are made.
Yesterday a frequent commenter, The Baltimoron, who is a local bartender, sent me such a good Top 10 list I decided to use it today rather than the boring one I was working on. It's a list of great food and drink pairings, excluding wine.
He also added this postscript:
key lime pie martini and cheesecake; I make a martini with key lime juice, cream and 2 oz of 43 liqueur, rim the glass with graham cracker crumbs and serve with plain cheesecake, yum!!
cosmopolitans with tapas; the reason this works is while enjoying cosmos or tapas, you are actually enjoying friendly conversation, not a meal, and both cosmos and tapas complement the atmosphere you set with your company.
things that complement nothing:
grappa, ouzo, jagermeister, any more?
Now here's his list of drinks that do complement food, and the food they go with:
* Zen Press with a summer dinner salad. A Zen Press is muddled seedless cucumber with lemongrass, Hendrick's gin and either soda water or Sprite, garnished with fresh mint. It goes great with any dinner salad.
* Mojito with Southwestern/Mexican food. What could be better on a hot day than flautas and a mojito?
* Orange Manhattan with a steak. Use a better bourbon and orange bitters instead of sweet vermouth, or both, for this one. Great with a steak in a reduction or topped with blue cheese. It will cut right through it, you won't need a knife!
* Natty Boh and crabs. I can't leave that out, might get lynched.
* Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and anything beurre blanc. The nutty hoppiness of this beer will complement and cut the sweet cream buttery goodness of the sauce.
* Keyoke coffee with dessert, tiramisu for me. Brandy, Kahlua and coffee topped with whipped cream. I just came back from La Tavola; it was a great ending. Dinner was good, too!
* Hot sake with sushi. Need I say more? (Not a wine. Calling it rice wine doesn't make it wine.)
* Guinness and Irish stew or corned beef and cabbage. We're all Irish on St. Patty's day, aren't we?
* Milkshake with a burger and fries. It's the all-American meal we all grew up on, and still indulge in from time to time. Vanilla for me!
* Jager bombs and chili cheese fries. Just kidding. That was for those who are reading and are 21 years old to 21 1/2.
(Algerina Perna/Sun photographer)