Top 5 Food and Drink Pairings for Your Party

Top Food and Drink Pairings

Step up your cookout and cocktail game with Tall Guy’s Top 5 food and drink pairings for the summer. Our drink choices are hand-picked to both contrast and mirror the incredible flavors of your food. There’s no need to be a party expert, we did the work for you!

#1 Moscow Mule + Zesty Citrus Salad

Moscow Mule + Zesty Citrus Salad

For all of you citrus lovers – this pairing is like nothing else! From the sweet orange and Citrus Vinaigrette to the spiced almonds from Treat Bake Shop, the Zesty Citrus Salad has everything. Fresh, crisp salad greens keep the citrus from being overpowering and match the sweetness of a cool Moscow Mule.

The key to a great homemade Moscow Mule is fresh lime, Central Standard Vodka, and a spicy ginger beer from Top Note Tonics.

#2 Oatmeal Stout + Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs

Oatmeal Stout + Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs

Slow-cooking some ribs this weekend’s party? Crack open a beer that pulls out the best flavors from the meat and Tall Guy’s BBQ sauce. Stick with beers that have toast and dark fruit flavors.

I happen to have a favorite brewed by Third Space Brewing. Their Acres Edge Toasted Oatmeal Stout is brewed with special crystal oat malt for a nutty flavor that I love even on its own.

#3 Mojito + Shrimp Ceviche

Mojito + Shrimp Ceviche

Our Executive Chef, Dana, is always sharing fresh herbs from her garden with the Tall Guy team. When she brings in mint, it’s my signal to swing by Outpost. There I’ll pick up Great Lakes’ Roaring Dan’s Rum so I can start mixing up mojitos.

The buttery sweetness of this beverage complements the acidity of our Shrimp Ceviche. It would also taste great with empanadas, oysters, or a tropical fruit salad.

#4 Sauvignon Blanc + Assorted Wisconsin Cheese

Sauvignon Blanc + Assorted Wisconsin CheeseWe live in Wisconsin, after all, so we have to feature a drink pairing for our favorite appetizer: cheese!

When I put together a sampler as a host, I  consider first what wine I’d like to serve. My current favorite is a Sauvignon Blanc from Nobilo in New Zealand. Its acidity cuts through the richness of my favorite Chevre goat cheese at Clock Shadow Creamery. It’s also very easy to drink with a light seafood dish or lemon herb chicken.  

#5 American Style IPA + Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts

American Style IPA + Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts

The secret to our wildly popular Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts? The right combination of salty and fatty flavors.

If you’re making your own version, I recommend pairing this combination with Good City Brewing’s Risk IPA. Salty and fatty foods compliment the hops in your IPA instead of overpowering them.

Keep It Simple

Start with one of our easy recommendations and experiment from there. If you try one of these pairings or discover an awesome combination of your own, comment below! Or if you have an important party coming up and you want us to do the cooking and pairing work for you, contact us today.