Hosting the perfect party is an art and part of the art is in knowing what to offer your guests to eat and drink. Luckily, there are food and drink pairings out there that will please a wide range of guests and make your hosting duties a little bit easier.
Serving a crazy cocktail is a way to wow your guests, but you may want to stick with serving something safer, something that everybody will be anxious to try.
Cider, Bloody Marys, and dessert cocktails based on familiar flavors are examples of some safer options. The Bloody Mary, for instance, is a very popular cocktail, people know what to expect from it, and, most importantly, it is easy to match with food. Seasonal cider and drinkable dessert are equally attractive.
Check out three food and drink pairings that are sure to please nearly every kind of guest. Keep in mind: you may never please everyone, but almost everyone is a start.
Bloody Marys and Bacon Wrapped Scallops
Bacon is often used as a garnish for a Bloody Mary these days, so we believe it’s safe to say that the two belong together. Try preparing a spicy bowl of Bloody Marys with a meaty appetizer. Bacon-wrapped scallops will do.
Spiced Cider and Spinach Artichoke Dip
Now that the holidays are in full swing, cider is a beverage option worth considering. Let your guests warm up with a spicy cup of cider — spiked or virgin — paired with a humbling and tasty comfort food, such as Spinach Artichoke dip.
Peppermint Cocktail and Chocolate Fondue
Serve this food and drink combination, and dessert will never be the same again. A peppermint cocktail provides a holiday-appropriate, chilly and refreshing feeling, and the warm, soul-soothing qualities of chocolate fondue will balance it out. For this pairing, we suggest a Peppermint Pattie cocktail with a do-it-yourself chocolate fondue table, complete with dipping foods of your choice. Crackers, marshmallows, and fruits are a great place to start.