Twisted Shaker: The Cocktail Combinations You MUST Know

If your usual cheese and wine pairings are getting a little stale, maybe it’s time you learned about the foods that compliment your favorite cocktails.

Jeremy Allan, Brand Manager of Twisted Shaker Cocktails, has revealed that it’s important to choose flavors that go with your drink rather than flavors that compete with it.

“You want a drink that naturally complements the food, expanding the main flavors and stimulating your senses, anticipating the next bite or sip,” he said.

Jeremy Allan, Brand Manager of Twisted Shaker Cocktails, has revealed that it’s important to choose flavors that go with your drink rather than flavors that compete with it.

He suggested that people serve their next espresso martini alongside dessert — emphasizing cheesecake and ice cream as perfect partners for the popular drink.

He suggested that people serve their next espresso martini alongside dessert — emphasizing cheesecake and ice cream as perfect partners for the popular drink.

This could be something sweet and creamy, like ice cream or cheesecake alongside your espresso martini, he explained.

The complimentary palate is much more enjoyable than trying to pair a creamy drink with something like steak or pizza.

Jeremy also revealed five cocktail and food combinations that are good to try at home.

Margarita

You want a dish or appetizer that complements the lime flavors of the margarita.

Guacamole and chips are an easy and simple combination, but if you have a little more time, try raw kingfish ceviche.

You want a dish or appetizer that complements the lime flavors of the margarita

He said kingfish cerviche paired perfectly with the drink?

You want a dish or appetizer that complements the lime flavors of the margarita, he revealed that offering kingfish cerviche is a great option

“If you enjoy it, don’t be afraid to add a little chili on top too, that’s always a treat,” he said.

Another option is anything grilled or barbecued. The sweet notes of a margarita balance the spice and salt; you can think of this combination with a ‘draw opposites’ mentality.

Cucumber Gin Gimlet

Instead of just sipping your sushi, consider mixing it up with a gin gimlet next time.

Jeremy suggested a gin gimlet as a good match for sushi

Jeremy suggested a gin gimlet as a good match for sushi

The citrus notes from the lime juice, a hint of sugar and the taste of a good dry gin go really well with all the salty, wasabi goodness of a sushi meal.

The citrus notes from the lime juice, a hint of sugar and the taste of a good dry gin go really well with all the salty, wasabi goodness of a sushi meal.

Sushi with cucumber will enhance the flavors already present in the cucumber gimlet and the cocktail will act as a palate cleanser between bites.

The citrus notes of the lime juice, a hint of sugar, and the taste of a good dry gin go really well with all the salty, wasabi goodness of a sushi meal.

Espresso Martini

Think about what you would like with your morning coffee. A nutty biscotti or rich chocolate dessert will balance the bittersweetness of the coffee element.

Pour it over vanilla ice cream (affogato al caffe style), pair it with a classic cheesecake, or just plain chocolate.

“Remember that sweet flavors close the palate, so enjoy sweeter drinks at the end of the meal or in the evening, not at the beginning, or your brain will tell you to stop eating,” Jeremy offered.

Whiskey-based cocktails pair well with beef, especially on the barbecue, said Jeremy

Whiskey-based cocktails pair well with beef, especially on the barbecue, said Jeremy

Old fashioned

Whiskey-based cocktails go well with beef, especially on the barbecue. If you’re looking for a little extra flavor, try a smoky BBQ rub on the meat before cooking, the subtle smoky flavors round out the old-fashioned nicely.

‘For something on the lighter side, try smoked salmon. The smoky taste of the salmon gives the cocktail a spicy fruity taste that complement each other well.’

If you're looking for a little extra flavor, try using a smoky BBQ rub on the meat before cooking, he said.

If you’re looking for a little extra flavor, try using a smoky BBQ rub on the meat before cooking, he said.

The cosmo lends itself well to a good old cheese board

Hard cheeses such as aged cheddar and pecorino or softer cheeses such as brie pair well with the fruity and floral flavors of the raspberry hibiscus cosmopolitan

Hard cheeses such as aged cheddar and pecorino or softer cheeses such as brie pair well with the fruity and floral flavors of the raspberry hibiscus cosmopolitan

cosmopolitan

The cosmo lends itself well to a good old cheese board.

Go for a little flavor in your cheese, but not too overpowering, which means it’s best to avoid blue cheese.

Hard cheeses such as aged cheddar and pecorino or softer cheeses such as brie pair well with the fruity and floral flavors of the raspberry hibiscus cosmopolitan.

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