Irresistible Food and Spirit Pairings Your Guests are Sure to Love This Summer

Irresistible Food and Spirit Pairings Your Guests are Sure to Love This Summer

Guests are feeling the heat of the summer, causing them to order refreshing beverages. They are pairing liquor with menu items on their own , but they want more options.

The continued growth in craft cocktails and mixology has influenced guests to be significantly more adventurous when they head out for a drink.

So the ability to satiate the thirsty masses looking for intriguing cocktails that are perfectly paired with food offerings is a win for both the restaurant and the guest.

The great part is that the menu can be tweaked to fit the beverage program or vice-versa.

Need some recommendations? Let’s go over a few.

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Best Beer Pairings for Your Barbecue

Best Beer Pairings for Your Barbecue

By Fred Crudder, Foodable Industry Expert

Backyard barbecues never tasted so good. No, not because of the elevated culinary interests of Americans far and wide (thank you, Food Network), but because a once simple part of the menu — ­­the beer — ­­is finally gaining the attention it deserves.

It used to be perfectly alright to stock a cooler full of whatever 30­-pack was on sale that day. Not anymore. You can’t just put out a big ol’ bucket of boring anymore. Nobody wants that. So how do you pair great beers with your summertime masterpieces? It’s easy…

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Now Trending: Boilermakers — Creative Beer & Shot Pairings

Now Trending: Boilermakers — Creative Beer & Shot Pairings

By Natalie Migliarini, Foodable Contributor

Beers are now being paired with different spirits to create a fun experience for guests. They are paired to complement each other but also have different themes as well like location-based pairings. This gives the customer the best of both worlds and they can sip on the shot while enjoying beer that is perfectly paired– creating a match made in heaven. Or they can treat it as a fun and trendy boilermaker by dropping the shot into the beer to combine the flavors. Check out these beer and shot pairings available around the country. 

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5 Things to Consider When Pairing Craft Cocktails

5 Things to Consider When Pairing Craft Cocktails

By Natalie Migliarini, Foodable Contributor

The Shift of Restaurant Pairings: From Wine to Collaborative Craft Cocktails

With the explosion of craft cocktails being introduced into restaurants, it’s no surprise that there has been a new and competitive surge of pairings. From casual pizza cafés to modern, refined restaurants, cocktail pairings are rapidly growing, and diners are forfeiting wine pairings for craft cocktails. Restaurants are hiring experienced and trained mixologists to bring a new element to the establishment in order to keep a competitive edge. This skilled and trained generation of craftsmen are working closely with chefs of all calibers to create co-existing, collaborative menus. As a result, the dining experience is being heightened and the diner has additional options that will entice the palate.    

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