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Date Night Grilling Pairings

Date Night Grilling Pairings

Your backyard grill outs may not always be burgers and dogs for the masses. Sometimes grilling up dinner for two on a hot summer night is just what the doctor ordered! And just because you’re grilling doesn’t mean you have to drink beer.

Checkout our collection of dishes, each paired with a cocktail, beer, and a wine, because you never know what the mood might call for.

Steak

A good grilled steak is rich and fatty with a lingering smokiness that demands a beverage just as big and bold. A higher level of acidity can help cut the fatty richness revealing more of the meats true flavor.

Cocktail Pairing: Rob Roy

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Scotch
  • 3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Brandied cherry for garnish

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass over ice and stir.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with 2 speared brandied cherries.

Beer Pairing:

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA

Wine Pairing:

Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Fiole Du Pape Père Anselme

Bratwurst

Bratwurst, or any sausage for that matter, pairs well with an acidic beverage ingredient as it does a wonderful job of cutting through the fat.

Cocktail Pairing: Rosa & Soda

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. Cocchi Rosa
  • 2 oz. sparkling lemon water
  • Lemon wheels
  • Ice

Directions

  • Place ice cubes in a rocks glass, add Americano Rosa and soda.
  • Stir well with a bar spoon.
  • Add a lemon wheel and serve.

Beer Pairing:

Clown Shoes Clementine Wheat Ale

Wine Pairing:

If you’re adding a spicy mustard or any spicy element to your brat, you’ll need something to counter the heat. A Gewurztraminer, with its floral and fruity flavors of white peach and nectarine is a wonderful complement to spice.

Seafood (kebabs & fish tacos)

Acidity plans an important part in seafood dishes as well. The salty brine of most seafood dishes is counterbalanced by the acidity found in certain beverages.

Cocktail Pairing: Classic Margarita

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place the tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake for 10 seconds, and then strain into a prepared cocktail glass filled halfway with ice.
  3. Garnish with a lemon wedge if desired.

Beer Pairing:

Dogfish Head Seaquench Session Sour

Wine Pairing:

Assyrtiko Santorini is a Greek wine that provides a lovely savory component to seafood while maintaining a high acidity.

Grilled Veggies

Grilled vegetables are typically seasoned with herbs and spices which can make overpowering them all too easy. That’s why you need a drink with an herbaceous quality that won’t fight with veggies but rather complement and lift their delicious qualities.

Cocktail Pairing: Boulevardier

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ oz. Bourbon
  • 1 oz. Campari
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • Garnish: orange peel

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
  3. Garnish with an orange peel.

Beer Pairing:

Deschutes Black Butte Porter – the darker coffee notes work well with the char on your veggies.

Wine Pairing:

Fire Road Sauvignon Blanc – the herbal and fruit notes help it pair with dark greens as well as sweeter veggies like carrots.

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