Summer meals and drink pairings you’ll love.
There are only a few weeks left to soak up the sweet days of summer, and we’ve got cold cocktails and brews on the brain. Backyard barbecues, relaxed family dinners and romantic summer meals under the stars–now’s the time to opt in for quick, easy meals paired with bold, refreshing beverages.
Treat yourself this season by truly enjoying mealtime and savoring every sip. Here are a few drink pairings for you to enjoy with all the summer meals on your menu:
The Dish: Chicken on the Grill
When it comes to grilled chicken, we recommend keeping things light with a sweet, refreshing cocktail that packs a punch.
The Drink: Georgia On My Mind
- ⅓ cup lightly packed mint leaves
- 12 ounces bourbon
- 4 ounces crème de pêche (peach liqueur)
- 4 ounces fresh lemon juice
- 2 ounces pure maple syrup
- 24 ounces chilled apricot or peach ale
In a pitcher, combine all of the ingredients except the ale, ice and mint sprigs and stir until the maple syrup is dissolved. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Add the apricot ale to the pitcher and stir well. Pour into 8 ice-filled highball glasses and garnish with mint sprigs.
The Dish: A Summer Salad
Summer is truly the season of the salad. If you’re struggling to get creative in the ingredients department, we’ve got you covered. Fall in love with our Caprese Pasta Salad from this week’s menu.
The Drink: Ice Cold, Summer Brew
We love the idea of cracking open a crisp, summer brew with this lighter dinner option. Why not keep it local? Opt for a hoppy and bitter flavor to offset the acidity and sweetness of the salad with Terrapin Beer Co’s Rye Pale Ale. Or, if you’re craving something sweeter, 21st Amendment Brewery’s High or Hell Watermelon is a delicious summertime brew for pairing.
The Dish: Delicious Dark Meat
Whiskey can serve as an awesome accompaniment with your dark meat dishes this summer.
The Drink: Voya White Manhattan
- 2oz American Spirit Whiskey
- 1oz Dolin Blanc vermouth
- 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters
- Orange peel or twist
Combine ingredients with ice and stir. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with orange peel or lemon.
The Dish: Something Spicy
There’s something about summertime that calls for a few heat packed meals (like our South of the Border Quiche). Cool things down with this incredibly refreshing recipe.
The Drink: Summer Sangria with Watermelon & Pineapple
- 1 bottle Moscato wine (750 ml)
- 1/2 C brandy
- 1 lime, thinly sliced
- 2 C Del Monte® watermelon, cubed and cold
- 2 C Del Monte Gold® Extra Sweet Pineapple, cubed and cold
- lemon lime soda, for serving
- ice cubes
Pour the wine and brandy into a pitcher and stir to combine. Add the sliced lime, watermelon, and pineapple. To serve, place some of the fruit in a glass with ice. Pour the sangria over the ice and top with lemon lime soda.
The Dish: A Paleo-Friendly Meal
Paleo friends, we’ve got you covered. No, alcohol isn’t technically “paleo,” but there are a few paleo-friendly spirits to pair with your favorite paleo meals in an effort to keep blood sugar levels stable.
The Drink: Soltado Spicy Orange Margarita
- 2 oz Soltado Spicy Añejo (100% Weber agave)
- .5 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
- .5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
- ½ oz agave syrup
- Top sparkling water
Combine first four ingredients into a cocktail shaker and add ice, shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour through a cocktail strainer into a margarita glass with fresh ice. Top with soda, stir once. Garnish with a lime wheel, and a chili pepper. Optional chili/salt rim.
The Dish: A Vegetarian Meal
Embrace Meatless Monday all summer long by opting for vegetarian meals to keep your diet balanced and well-rounded. Pair with a bold drink that will more than make up for the absence of meat.
The Drink: Gin Spritz
- Lemon or Lime
- Mint (4-6 leaves)
- Sugar (1 tbs)
Start with a chilled glass. Muddle the lemon/lime juice, mint, and sugar. Transfer to a cocktail shaker with ice and a shot of gin. Pour the gin mixture into your chilled glasses and top with Prosecco.
Rather than spending your precious summer evenings slaving over the stove, let us deliver fully prepped summer meals right to your front door. Your only task? Whipping up a refreshing, summer cocktail. Cheers!