Who doesn’t love a cocktail or two (I mean, it’s always five o’clock somewhere right), and here at The Black Olive we are no exception! But what about when you start to feel a little peckish and fancy a bite to eat? The right drink can really enhance your dining experience, so we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite tipples and their perfect food accompaniment to act as a handy guide next time you’re perusing our extensive drinks menu.
Martini – Shaken or stirred, clean or dirty, this classic cocktail works well with fish dishes as it can take the edge off the flavour of the alcohol. Some personal suggestions from us would be a refreshing salmon salad or some battered haddock and chips.
Mojito – Light rum, even more so when mixed with lime juice like in a mojito, cuts through the saltiness of pork and crackling. Next time you have a hankering for some crispy belly pork, make sure you treat yourself to a minty mojito on the side!
Whiskey – Traditionally a drink to relax with, this elegant spirit is best enjoyed on the rocks and paired with a thick, juicy steak; and is better still when the meat is well-marbled.
Gin – It’s fair to say gin is having a renaissance, and the huge range of flavours now becoming more readily available make it an all the more exciting drink. Pair your G&T with a light, prawn dish to add another layer to your meal.
Vodka – Chilled and crisp, vodka is another drink that pairs well with fish – especially smoked. Horseradish and pepper also add a further layer when eating with the versatile spirit. Traditionally in Russia, vodka was actually consumed straight over ice with pickled items such as onions, and ‘the word ‘water’ in Russian is actually ‘vodka’!
Light Wine – Wine is always considered a favourite go-to when dining out; for the most part the colour of the wine is usually a good indicator of it’s ideal pairing (i.e. white wine always complements fish or chicken). That being said, next time you’re enjoying rich dessert, like a chocolate tart, make a light wine your drink of choice – you won’t be disappointed!
Red Wine – Next time you’re enjoying a rich, hearty burger or a succulent steak you might consider ordering a big glass of red to wash it down. Both red meat and cheese complement a good red beautifully; as a general rule the leaner the red meat you’re matching, the lighter the red wine you should use. A rich cut, such as a prime rib, pairs nicely with a bold, full-bodied wine.
This is just a tiny glimpse into the wonderful world of food and drink matching, there’s so much more to it than meets the eye! So next time you’re out for a drink or meal, why not take things to the next level…