Whenever I set foot at the Regent Cocktail Club, which is my favorite cocktail club in Atlanta, I always get excited not only for the drinks but also for the food. No, I am not talking about the kind of food you get to enjoy in a posh dinner. Rather, I am talking about the finger foods and plates for sharing! They are perfect pairs for their cocktails. They make drinking more fun! That being said, in the rest of this post, I will share with you some of the best foods that will be the perfect match for your go-to cocktail.
Margarita and Nachos
Nothing says Mexican better than drinking a margarita while eating nachos. It is also fairly easy to prepare. All that you have to do is to fill a rectangular tray with tortilla chips and to top it with your desired ingredients. Cooked chicken, shrimp, ground meat, bell peppers, tomatoes, and cheese are some of the best. All that you have to do is to top the ingredients and put it in the oven.
Bloody Mary and Cheese Sticks
The main ingredient in a Bloody Mary is tomato juice, which will be perfectly balanced by the overwhelming taste of cheese. After all, tomato and cheese often pair well, right? The taste of the cheese will surely be noticeable especially because the Bloody Mary also has herbs and spices.
Martini and Marinated Olives
In most places, a glass of martini is served with olives. Why not spice it up by opting for a different kind of olives? You can consider marinated olives as an alternative! In a small skillet, under moderate heat, toast fennel seeds for about two minutes until it reveals a toasty smell. In a medium bowl, mix the olives with the toasted fennel seeds, red pepper, orange zest, and garlic. Marinate for at least four hours before serving with a glass of martini!
Negroni and Bacon
The bitterness of Negroni can be overwhelming for some people, especially for those who have not had the drink before. To perfectly balance the distinct bitter flavor, you can pair it with bacon dishes. You do not have to serve bacon strips on its own. You can be more inventive on how it is served, such as through making bacon-wrapped dates with goat cheese.
Sangria and Curry
If you love wine, sangria is definitely a cocktail that you will like. It can be incorporated with almost any fruit that you can think of. This is also great for those who would like to drink a lot without getting wasted early on. Because of the sweet and fruity flavor of the sangria, it will go well with curry. The thick and spicy sauce of the curry will be perfectly complemented by the taste of the sangria.
Whether you are in a rooftop bar, bars with live music, or a neighborhood pub, among other places, consider the food and cocktail pairings that have been mentioned above for an explosion of flavors!