As the festivities of the year close in, people worldwide are excited to be with family and friends. Nothing tops the cravings for delicious holiday special foods enjoyed with punchy drinks. The thought of mashed potatoes, turkey, chocolate cake, hot cocoa could make you drool. But pairing them with some classy wines, gin, and whiskey is what makes a holiday truly special and extraordinary.
The perfect food and drink pairings can complement each other elegantly to take you on a joyous flavor ride. While gin has been enjoyed much as an aperitif, the drink can bring an exquisite rush of flavors this holiday season with the right food pairings. Here are five exceptional gin and food pairings to experiment with this time of the year.
1. Mixed Roasted Vegetables with Beet Juice Cocktail
The aroma of roasted vegetables in spices is quite an indication of the beginning of holiday festivities. A mixture of Brussel sprouts, carrots, kale, squash, onions, sweet potatoes, radish, broccoli, red bell peppers, and golden potatoes cooked in the enchanting flavors of rosemary, balsamic vinegar, black pepper, and thyme is an exquisite choice to relish a drool-worthy dinner.
You can pair it with a winter special beet juice gin cocktail that brings in gorgeous color and unique flavor profile. The earthy and sweet tones of the beet combine well with the punchy gin to complement this simple roasted vegetable mixture.
Beet Juice Gin Cocktail Recipe
- 1 cup gin
- ¾ cup beet juice
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ½ cup ginger-turmeric syrup
- ¼ cup celery puree
How To Prepare
- Blend ¼ cup ginger root in 2 cups of water. Strain the water and add 2 cups sugar and 2 cups turmeric.
- Bring the contents to boil and store it for about two weeks to prepare the cocktail instantly.
- Blend stalks of celery with water and set aside.
- Add all ingredients to a shaker along with ice.
- Shake the mixture vigorously and pour into a glass.
Your beet cocktail is ready to relish with the mix of your favorite veggies.
2. Turkey With Gin & Tonic
Thanksgiving means turkey, and what better way to enjoy an elegant holiday recipe than with an extraordinary glass of gin. A savory turkey dinner is best complemented with fresh liquor choices that are punchy and refreshing at the same time. A glass of gin with your turkey will elevate the seasonings and spices that go with your recipe smoothly and add a dash of fun to it.
Alternatively, you can also explore pairing your turkey dinner with citrusy gin cocktails that are light and perfect for sipping along with a heavy recipe. You can try this refreshing G&T Andre champagne as well.
G&T Sangria Recipe
- 1 ½ cup gin
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 3 tablespoon lime juice
- ½ cup cucumber
- 1 bottle semi-dry Pinot Grigio
- Fever-Tree Tonic
- Fresh Rosemary
How To Prepare
- Add all ingredients except the tonic in a large pitcher and dissolve the sugar.
- Top with the tonic or sparkling water.
- Refrigerate and garnish with rosemary to serve.
3. Chicken Wings and Dry Gin
The crispy feel and the spicy flavors of a chicken wing may not be a traditional holiday meal, but nothing screams fun better than this delicious recipe. During the holiday season, everyone loves to enjoy these amazing fried foods. But did you know these wings could taste even better with some gin? When it comes to pairing chicken wings with gin, a good choice of dry gin will come in handy to smoothly elevate the flavors. The drink will contrast the recipe’s crispness and compliment the spicy flavors that make it an incredible pair.
You can try Plymouth dry gin that adds soft and subtle flavors to your pairing. The drink provides a hint of lemon zest, sweet orange, and cardamom that delicately finishes with an earthy taste. The sweet and refreshing taste of this gin will go well with the spicy chicken to enjoy a fun holiday meal.
4. Smoked Salmon and G&T
Everyone loves to enjoy the classic G&T that is a symphony of botanical flavors with a sparkly finish. This cocktail that has lasted decades is also the best choice to pair with your seafood platter. This cocktail will accessorize smoked seafood such as salmon or prawns with a touch of mint grapefruit or raspberry garnish.
The delicate texture of fish and prawns matches well with the exhilarating cocktail to give a perfect appetizer and drink combination. The unison of spices and smoked flavors gathers well in the acidic cocktail to lighten your mood with a drool-worthy festive meal.
5. Meatballs with Italian Gin Fizz
The sweet taste of honey on tender meatballs will leave you yearning for more with every bite. The sauce tends to gather the spices of the recipe well and give them a more pronounced presence. The best drink pairing with this incredible recipe would be a simple gin and prosecco cocktail with a citrus finish. The harmonious finish of this pairing is the perfect way to relish a wholesome Christmas meal.
Italian Gin Fizz Recipe
- ¼ cup gin
- ¼ cup limoncello
- Chilled prosecco
- Lemon wheels
How To Prepare
- Add the gin and limoncello to a champagne flute and stir.
- Top the drink with chilled prosecco.
- Garnish with lemon wheels to serve.
It will give you a light and bubbly drink to pair with your festive meal.
These are just a few of the best food and Gin pairings you can try this festive season. Let your creative juices flow and experiment with various flavors and food pairings.