When it comes to enjoying a well-crafted cocktail, the experience can be enhanced by pairing it with delectable snacks. The right combination of flavours and textures can complement the drink, creating a delightful symphony of taste.
Whether you’re attending a private celebration or a corporate gathering, here’s a curated list of selected snacks with cocktail recommendations from our catering partners Seasoned, which are guaranteed to elevate your drinking experience to new heights.
A classic choice that never disappoints, a carefully curated cheese and charcuterie board is a perfect companion to a variety of cocktails. The salty, savoury flavours of cured meats like prosciutto, salami, or chorizo provide a delightful contrast to the sweetness or bitterness of the drinks. Pair them with a selection of artisanal cheeses, such as creamy brie, tangy goat cheese, or sharp cheddar, and complement the flavours with olives, pickles, and honey for a truly indulgent experience.
The classic Old Fashioned cocktail, made with whiskey, sugar, bitters, and an orange twist, is an excellent choice. Its strong and slightly sweet profile harmonizes with the bold flavours of cured meats, while the bitters help to cleanse the palate between bites.
A bowl of spiced nuts is an excellent choice for cocktails. Whether it’s almonds, cashews, or peanuts, the crunchy texture and savoury flavours of spiced nuts make them a delightful accompaniment. Seasoned with a blend of spices like smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, or rosemary, they add a touch of warmth and depth that pairs well with a wide range of cocktails, from fruity concoctions to classic whiskey-based drinks.
A Moscow Mule, consisting of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, offers a delightful pairing with spiced nuts. The ginger’s subtle spiciness can complement the flavours of the nuts, while the lime juice adds brightness to the overall experience.
For a lighter option, bruschetta is a refreshing snack that perfectly complements cocktails. Toasted baguette slices topped with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, and drizzled with olive oil create a burst of flavours that complement a wide array of drinks. The combination of juicy tomatoes, aromatic herbs, and the crunch of the bread creates a delightful contrast that pairs exceptionally well with lighter cocktails like mojitos, margaritas, or Aperol spritzes.
The classic Mojito, made with rum, fresh mint, lime juice, sugar, and soda water, provides a refreshing and aromatic pairing with bruschetta. The mint’s herbal notes and the lime’s citrusy tang can accentuate the flavours of the tomatoes, basil, and garlic on the bruschetta.
If you’re looking for something heartier, mini sliders are a crowd pleasing option. These bite-sized burgers are packed with flavour and provide a satisfying complement to cocktails. Choose a variety of fillings, such as beef, chicken, or vegetarian options, and top them with cheese, caramelized onions, or your favourite condiments. The juicy, savoury goodness of mini sliders pairs perfectly with whiskey-based cocktails, classic martinis, or even a refreshing gin and tonic.
The zesty and tangy flavours of a classic Margarita, made with tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur, can provide a refreshing contrast to the savoury sliders. The citrus notes and the tequila’s brightness can cut through the richness of the meat, cheese, and condiments in the sliders.
For those who prefer a touch of elegance, sushi rolls offer a sophisticated and visually appealing snack option. The delicate flavours of fresh fish, crisp vegetables, and creamy avocado rolled in perfectly seasoned rice create a culinary masterpiece that pairs harmoniously with cocktails. The clean, umami-rich flavours of sushi rolls complement a variety of drinks, particularly vodka based cocktails, such as cosmopolitans or Moscow mules.
The Japanese Highball, a simple yet elegant cocktail made with whisky and sparkling water, can be an excellent choice to pair with sushi rolls. The effervescence of the sparkling water and the smoothness of the whisky can accentuate the flavours of the sushi while providing a refreshing balance.
For a touch of indulgence, chocolate-covered fruits are a sweet and decadent snack that pairs wonderfully with dessert cocktails or after-dinner drinks. Choose a selection of ripe strawberries, juicy cherries, or tangy orange segments and dip them in high quality dark or milk chocolate. The combination of the luscious fruit and the rich, velvety chocolate creates a luxurious treat that balances the sweetness of the cocktail.
The bold and bitter flavours of an Espresso Martini, made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and espresso, can be an excellent pairing with chocolate-covered fruits. The coffee notes and the vodka’s smoothness can enhance the richness of the chocolate while providing a contrasting bitterness.
Pairing the right snacks with your favourite cocktails can take your drinking experience to the next level. The careful selection of complementary flavours, textures, and aromas can create a delightful symphony of taste, elevating both the cocktail and the accompanying snack.