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When you sit down for dinner, there are many different beverages you can choose to have at the table with you, from a cold glass of water to a fizzy soda to a craft beer. But if you’re looking to elevate your meal, consider these cocktails that will pair perfectly with dinner.
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You can’t go wrong with a margarita. This cocktail recipe takes the citrus flavor from a lemon instead of a lime, but then keeps it simple with tequila, triple sec and salt. It can pair perfectly with any of our best-ever Mexican recipes.
Delicious berries and mint mixed with tequila and lime juice sounds like a pretty good time. The fresh ingredients in this cocktail would go great with a night of eating chips and guacamole. Make sure you learn how to make your guacamole last longer so you can enjoy this combo for several nights in a row.
If kombucha is your thing, then you will love this whiskey ginger smash. Along with the ginger kombucha, this recipe adds whiskey and lemon juice to make a perfect drink to enjoy with a hearty protein like perfectly grilled steak or meatloaf.
Anyone wearing a wacky hat at the Kentucky Derby will probably also be sipping on a cool mint julep. This take on the cocktail uses Kentucky’s official fruit, blackberry, to add an extra pop of color to the classic bourbon, simple syrup and mint mixture.
This fruity mango raspberry bellini is a delightful drink to enjoy with any meal. It’s a blend of prosecco with fresh mangoes and raspberries to create a sweetness that can contrast with food that uses the spiciest hot sauces in the world.
This cocktail recipe uses lime juice, a shot of tequila and maple syrup, making it the perfect concoction to wash down spicy food. The lime in this drink is not only a great match with the spices in Mexican food, but also those found in Cajun dishes like gumbo.
While you’re savoring the flavors of some classic Southern foods, you’ll want to have this spiked sweet tea on the side to wash everything down. This twist on Southern sweet tea uses strawberry jam, lemon juice and sweet tea vodka.
The ginger simple syrup in this cocktail pairs perfectly with seafood dishes like sushi. The drink is made of tequila, lime juice, ginger and a kick of jalapeno with added Tajín seasoning along the rim for extra spice.
This classic sour cocktail offers a little extra punch. With jalapeno simple syrup added to tequila, grapefruit and lime juice, this drink can be enjoyed on the side of some popular Tex-Mex dishes or sushi. While you’re sipping these libations, you can also learn more about the fascinating origins of your favorite cocktails.
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