5 Best Cocktails to Pair with your Pizza
Pizza and beer -- it’s a classic! But, what if you wanted something more elegant, Instagram-worthy sight held in your glass, and prefer a long drink on a cocktail glass rather than malt inside a mug? What cocktails go well with pizza? This list gives you the low-down of five of the best cocktail with pizza to compliment your game night viewing pleasure.
The Ultimate Guide to a Pizza-Cocktail Pairing
The rule of thumb you can use as a general guide to snap out of the usual pizza and beer pairing is to look at the key ingredients of your pizza. Wines and spirits are not originally invented just to give you booze and a tipsy, you know. These drinks are meant to bring out the best flavors from food, including pizza which just happens to be one of many Italian foods that you dig and simply can’t live without.
Here is your top 5 list of the Best Cocktails for Pizza:
1. Mozzarella Pizza And Dry Vodka Martini
Mozzarella is a mild and creamy Italian cheese. This is exactly what makes it a crowd favourite as a pizza topping; whether you’re cravings are more all-cheese pizza or, when you’d rather have your mozzarella over meat and a flavorful selection of yellow, green and red bell peppers.
The gooey structure of mozzarella when baked and its inherently creamy and mildly salty properties makes it a mozzarella pizza suitable for pairing with a dry vodka martini. This cocktail balances the fullness of taste that mozzarella delivers with every bite, making it a great cocktail to have with pizza mozzarella.
To fix your dry vodka martini, simply combine 4 ounces of vodka and half an ounce of vermouth in a shaker filled with ice cubes. A Stoli or a Smirnoff will do well in this cocktail. Vigorously shake and strain the contents in a martini glass. Add olives to further complement this pizza and cocktail pairing. It’s almost as simple as merely popping a crown of bottled beer!
2. Seafood Pizza and Classic Mojito
This cocktail food pairing will take your Friday night pizza and cocktail adventure all the way to the Carribean! Spruce up your staycation with a taste of freshest sea catch. Go for a pizza delivery that serves up shrimps and scallops on the brick oven-baked dough, complete with fresh, giant slices of slightly toasted tomatoes. Rum and only rum can bring this cocktail pizza recipe to perfection.
However, since not everyone is well acquainted with the strong flavours that make rum an iconic drink, a classic mojito offers a more palatable way for you to discover this phenomenal cocktail to serve with pizza and seafood. To enjoy a classic single serve of this drink, place two teaspoons of sugar, mint leaves, and a few drops of carbonated water or soda in a glass. Muddle well. Add the juice of one lime and 2 ounces of rum -- and you’re done! Light rums will add a more refreshing tipple to this drink. The Bacardi Silver Rum and the Mount Gay Silver Rum are highly recommended.
3. Hawaiian Pizza And Tequila Sunrise
Imagine the baked, juicy goodness of pineapples and ham combined with the strong, hot and spicy flavour of tequila! What cocktail goes with a pizza favourite of all time? The Tequila Sunrise comes highly recommended.
To fix a glass of this classic cocktail drink, pour 1 to 2 ounces of silver tequila in a glass. This is a cocktail job for a Patron Silver Tequila. In case you prefer something more intoxicating with every drop, try using a Sierra Silver Tequila 150 proof instead. Next, add 4 ounces of orange juice to the glass. Then, follow through with 1 ounce of grenadine, added slowly while continuously stirring. Once you sip, you’ll know you’ve found a better match for your go-to Hawaiian lovers’ pizza than your preferred brand of light beer.
4. Pepperoni Pizza and Negroni
Not only do the words rhyme, pepperoni and Negroni are best enjoyed together as well. Gin’s straightforward; no fuzz character blends well with, generally, salty, preserved meats, including pepperoni. The spiciness of the gin helps clean your palate to bring out the best flavour on your next bite of pepperoni pizza. Negroni takes this philosophy further with the addition of bitters.
To fix a Negroni at home, you will need 1 ounce of gin. Try this drink with a Hendrick’s Gin, Tanqueray London Dry Gin or, Plymouth Gin. Add 1 ounce of Campari, a brand of alcohol-infused with bitters, 1 ounce of vermouth, and a dash of orange peel.
5. All Herb Pizza and Manhattan
The Manhattan is a good cocktail with pizza regardless of what fresh ingredient you put in it. In general, a simple bread and butter pizza and cocktails using whisky as the base alcohol ingredient will prove to be an enticing treat, and one that won’t cause your belly to bulge -- thank goodness!
To prepare a Manhattan, you need rye whisky. Try the Templeton Rye or Sazerac Rye. Pour 2 ounces of your choice of whisky in a glass, add half or up to 1 ounce of sweet vermouth, and 2 dashes of Angostura bitter. After mixing with a cocktail stirrer, pour over a glass with ice.
So, next time you find yourself craving for a pizza and alcohol to go with it, don’t ever stop at asking, “What cocktail goes with Italian food?” Know that there is an unlimited list of cocktails out there whether classic recipes or custom-made fixes that can deliver even more excitement to a night of drinking and entertaining than just your usual six pack.