In this post your favorite seafood restaurant reels you in with four more captivating food and beverage pairings to try on your next visit! When the evening calls for a mixed drink there is usually little consideration given to which flavors pair best with certain menu items, but the idea is catching on. Just like with wine or beer, your objective when choosing a mixed drink is the same. You want it to either compliment the meal or provide the right contrast to round out all the different flavors. Each of the selections we’ve listed below can be used as a guide to finding a combination that will make your mouth water!
We can’t talk about specialty drinks without mentioning the Poinsetta. Made with Cointreau, Cavit Prosecco, and cranberry juice, this bubbly beverage is the perfect match for our succulent stone crabs! Both sweet and tart the flavors play up the taste of the crab without competing with its delicate nature. The Poinsetta also provides a delicious contrast in flavor to our Macadamia Encrusted Grouper. The nutty crust and flaky white flesh of the fish come to life on your palate when you sip the sweet-tart drink between bites. When it comes to seafood like crabs, always choose a light, refreshing mixed drink. Some liquor can be too heavy and will drown them out.
Our Texas Bloody Mary gets its tangy, zesty bite from our Bloody Mary Mix and horseradish blended flawlessly with Tito’s Homemade Vodka. The savory taste favors dishes in the same flavor category. Try this with our Fried Shrimp appetizer or Stuffed Mushroom Caps and follow it up with our New York Strip Steak, Chopped Sirloin Steak, or our Blackened Grouper. Add a baked potato as a side dish for a smooth transition from food to beverage.
Hold on to your napkin for this next pairing! Our Florida Lobster specialty drink comprised of Crown Royal, Amaretto, and cranberry juice takes our Baked Stuffed Shrimp to a whole new level. The savory spices we use in this seafood recipe pop when enjoyed between sips of sweet nutty Amaretto and crisp tart hints of cranberry. It’s a staff favorite especially when the cooler weather rolls into town. The Florida Lobster can also be paired with our Fried Oyster appetizer, Hot Seafood Combination appetizer, and the Coconut Shrimp dinner.
These next three seafood dishes are even more sinfully decadent when accompanied by our Lycheetini. The richness of the Snapper Oscar with jumbo lump crabmeat, asparagus, and hollandaise sauce is balanced nicely by the slightly sweet, fresh Lychee liqueur, Lychee nectar, and Tito’s Homemade Vodka. Similar to the Oscar, our Grouper Bretone featuring sauteed capers, mushrooms, shallots, crabmeat, and jumbo shrimp in a lemon butter wine sauce requires just the right pairing to set it off and the fruity Lycheetini is exactly the right fit. Perhaps the dish that benefits the most from the semi-sweet cocktail is our Fettuccine Alfredo with Sea Scallops! Talk about tempting your taste buds! The mouthwatering combination is a house favorite. Try it once and you won’t be able to resist the creamy cheese against the light, sweet flavor of the Lychee fruit!