A Drinkable Feast: 6 Cocktails To Pair With Your Favorite Meals

Food = good. Food + cocktails = very good.

There are two types of people in this world: Those who have no problem deciding what they would like to eat for dinner, and those who waste 2+ hours scrolling through food delivery apps before ultimately deciding to make a sad PB&J (minus the J, actually, because they haven’t been to the store in a minute).

Regardless of which category you fall into, we have a hot tip: Deciding what cocktail you’re in the mood for can be *immensely* useful in helping you decide what to eat. Because complementary flavors and whatnot, you know? Some thought starters for you:

Good Old Fashioned BBQ

Bulleit Old Fashioned + BBQ


1.25 oz. Bulleit Bourbon

2 tsp. simple syrup

3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Orange peel


Pour bourbon, simple syrup, and bitters in a glass over ice. Give it a good stir, zest a little of the orange peel over the glass, and finish with a orange peel twist.

Taco ‘Bout a Perfect Pair

Don Julio Jalapeño Margarita + tacos


2 oz. Don Julio Blanco

1 oz. fresh lime juice

.5 oz. simple syrup


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, shake, shake. Strain into a glass with fresh ice and garnish with a slice of jalapeño.

Manhattan Goes Italian

Crown Royal Manhattan + pasta



1.5 oz. Crown Royal Canadian Whisky

.5 oz. sweet vermouth

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Maraschino cherries

Orange peel garnish


Combine all ingredients in a glass. Add ice and give it a stir until chilled. Strain it into a cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange peel twist.

Tanqueray & Catch of the Day

G&T + seafood



1.5 oz. Tanqueray London Dry Gin

3 oz. tonic

Lemon wedge


Fill glass with ice and add gin and tonic. Give it a little stir and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Spruced-Up Salad Days

Ketel One Moscow Mule + Salad



1.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka

.75 oz. lime juice

Ginger beer

Fresh mint


Combine Ketel One and lime juice in a copper mug with ice. Stir, and then top with a splash of ginger beer. Garnish with fresh mint.

Indulge Like You Mean It

Baileys Hot Chocolate + pie



3.5 oz. Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur

Hot chocolate

Marshmallows (optional)


Add Baileys to a cup of prepared hot chocolate. Top with marshmallows if that’s your vibe.


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