Whether you're hosting a dinner party or going out to eat with friends, the right food and drink pairings can make all the difference. A well-chosen pairing can enhance the flavors of both the food and the drink, and can create a truly memorable dining experience.
One Redditor recently asked: “What is the best food drink pairing besides pizza and beer?”
Coffee and Donuts
From TV shows to movies, there isn’t a more classic than coffee and donuts whether it’s cops on a stakeout or breakfast at the office, these two pair so well together!
One commenter shared: “I’m more of a chocolate milk guy with my donuts personally” for those who aren’t coffee fans!
Bloody Mary and Grilled Cheese
While many users agree that tomato soup and grilled cheese is an iconic duo, they didn’t really meet the food and drink pairing requirement.
However, it wasn’t long before someone suggested pairing a grilled cheese with the popular tomato-based cocktail Bloody Mary. One used shared: "Bloody Mary and Grilled Cheese. It's like breakfast and lunch in one delicious meal."
Tacos and Margaritas
There’s no question that tacos and margaritas pair well together. These are probably two of the most popular Mexican dishes for a reason.
While others chimed in by suggesting that margaritas go with any Mexican food, including more margaritas.
Cookies and Milk
Many agreed that the pair of cookies and milk was legendary, but other users had fun spinoffs of this idea!
One commenter suggested: “Or brownies and milk. I'm going for the brownies.”
Another suggested dropping the milk for hot cocoa with this suggestion: “Thin Mints and hot cocoa.”
Tea and Scones
A popular favorite among the commenters was tea and scones.
Many users agreed that there is nothing better with a pastry than a hot beverage to go with it. One Redditor shared: "Tea and scones. It's like a hug in a cup and a cuddle on a plate."
Coffee and Pastries
This pair works perfectly for a mid-morning pick-me-up or a sweet way to get you through the afternoon. Hot coffee and sweet pastries make the perfect snack or breakfast.
Burgers and Milkshakes
The drive-in staple of burgers and milkshakes was a popular suggestion among users in the thread. While some argued that fries and milkshakes were more iconic than burgers.
The sweetness compliments the savory aspects of the burger perfectly to provide so much flavor with each sip and bite.
Steak and Red Wine
Many users agreed that steak and red wine were one of the list's best food and drink pairings. Others suggested other beverage options, such as scotch or bourbon over red wine.
The tannins from the red wine actually work to soften the meat while the meat works to mellow the beverage providing both with immense flavor profiles.
Indian Food and Fizzy Drinks
An odd pairing on this list was Indian food and fizzy drinks. While it wasn’t the flavors that combined for a fun pairing, it was actually the fizziness of the drink that made the combo!
One user commented: “South Asian cuisine in general with soft drinks slaps,” and another stated: “The spices and the bubbles like effervesce.”
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