If you don’t like wine or don’t want lager, what drink complements the richness of a steak the best? How about a cocktail? Pairing a delicious drink that complements food enhances both while giving you a combination of flavours that work well together on your palate. It isn’t just for food snobs, we can all enjoy food and drink pairing!
Steak has a particular flavour profile that is rich, deep, sometimes sweet and sometimes subtle. We need a drink that works with all those flavours and leave you feeling satisfied. Here are five cocktails you could try.
Anything with whisky is going to work with steak because they share similar characteristics in richness and depth. The Old Fashioned uses a good quality whisky, Angostura bitters, sugar and some orange peel. Done right, the balance is perfect for steak.
If you don’t drink or are designated driver, a cranberry juice is the ideal drink. It is rich and full bodied and won’t make you feel left out. If it’s a little strong, use some soda to calm it down a bit or lemonade to add sweetness to the bitter fruit. Either way, it goes very well with steak!
Bloody Mary is a classic but for good reason. The mix of tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, vodka, Tabasco and seasoning complements the steak in all the ways you imagine it would. As long as the Bloody Mary is made well with the right balance of flavours, it’s a sure fire winner!
The mojito may be an ‘in’ drink at the minute but you shouldn’t ignore it just for that. The combination of lime, sugar, white rum, soda and mint combine to make a very cool drink. It’s a pleasing palate cleanser that cuts through the richness of the meat in a way few other drinks can so is perfect to have with your steak.
Ginger and Pear Punch
Another non-alcoholic cocktail that goes well with steak is the Ginger and Pear Punch. It’s a mix of fresh ginger, pear juice, soda, sugar, ginger syrup and lemon juice combined to make a fresh, sharp cocktail. You can substitute pear for apple for a similar effect and goes very well with red meat.
Those are five cocktails that work well with steak. Try one the next time you’re at The Stone Grill. You might be surprised at how much you like it!