Parched for the Perfect Pairing?
The perfect drink pairing can can elevate your meal experience. You might be already familiar with the more expected classic pairings, such as wine and cheese, tea and crumpets, and coffee with bagels, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.
There’s a reason why a waiter at a restaurant will always take your drink order first—it’s that important. Don’t leave your food lonely, when you can set it up with an ideal mate.
When You’re Pairing with Chicken
As a rule of thumb, white meats like chicken and fish are typically paired with white wines, like a sauvignon blanc. But in the creative culinary world, some rules are meant to be broken. Depending on how the chicken is seasoned or cooked, you can have many options.
India Pale Ales, (IPAs), can soothe away the extra zest of an especially spicy chicken. Richer dishes, like chicken with cream sauce, are complemented well with a carbonated drink, like soda.
Our Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice and Naan meal kit features a yogurt spice blended marinated chicken with creamy tomato sauce, and pairs winningly with a taste of Coca-Cola® Zero Sugar. You'll feel full, refreshed, and happy knowing that this particular beverage contains zero sugar as well as zero calories.
When You’re Pairing with Fish
If you prefer to eat fish with an alcoholic beverage, then pairing fish with white wine is ideal. Mild flavored fish like halibut, cod, or branzino can be easily overpowered by the strength of a red wine.
On the flip side, wine is not the absolute soulmate to all meals that contain fish. A branzino with butter seasoning pairs swimmingly with tangy drinks, like beverages that contain citrus. Try the Pan Seared Branzino meal kit with DASANI® Sparkling Lime. The bubbles refresh your palate and adorn the butter and thyme savoriness.
When You’re Pairing with Cheese
Wine and cheese is the classic go-to pair when there’s a cheese board on the table. But, for a more eccentric pairing, try cheese with gin and tonics, especially blue cheese. Or if you prefer a more mild cheese, then a pale lager can make a good counterpart.
However, if you don’t drink alcohol, reach for a sweet tea to team with your cheesy meal, like lasagna. The tannins in the tea will nicely highlight the flavors of the cheese.
Next time your family has an appetite for lasagna, check out our Cheesy Vegetable Lasagna meal kit and enhance your experience with Gold Peak® Slightly Sweet Tea. Impress everyone at the table when you drop a knowledge bomb about tannins and cheese.
When You’re Pairing with Spicy Food
Craving something spicy? Kick up that craving with a sweet Riesling. Riesling will help to counteract and alleviate that fiery sensation in your mouth. But, be careful—the higher the alcohol content, the higher the spice.
If you’re eating something like gumbo, or Chicken Fajitas, you might prefer a Coca-Cola™. The sweetness of a Coke™ acts like a buffer between seasonings, bringing out the best flavors of the food. Even those not too keen on spice might change their minds if they have the right drink pairing.
Whether you prefer lasagna, tacos, fish, or chicken, we've made it easy for you to enjoy the perfect beverage for your ideal meal.
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