Cocktails aren’t just for “cocktail hour” anymore! “Mixology” – the art of mixing drinks – is catching on all over the globe, bringing us more complex cocktails using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Trendy restaurants are pairing cocktails with their menus. What fun! Farm Fresh Cocktails To Pair With Food is a first look at pairing cocktails with food…
Summer has come and gone in the northern hemisphere, and autumn colors have begun to decorate landscapes in much of the U.S., yet south Texas is still hitting the century mark. 😯 The Rio Grande Valley is a major agricultural area, and farmers’ markets, local groceries, and my herb garden are still going strong. Fresh herbs, chiles, cucumbers, mangoes, figs, and blackberries are plentiful, inexpensive, and local. Of course I incorporate them into my menus regularly, but I have only recently begun playing with cocktails. Just this month I posted my first cocktail recipe An Exotic Tropical Margarita.
I think when I mention “cocktails,” most people think of “cocktail hour” – perhaps a drink with hors d’oeuvres before a formal dinner… reserved for an event or party? I spend a fair amount of time following food trends (one of the hazards of being a food blogger 😉 ), and lately, cocktails and food pairings have become very popular in the culinary world. Trendy restaurants are hiring mixologists to create cocktails that pair with their menu items using house made syrups and flavorings, and farm fresh seasonal ingredients. This is a trend I’m quite happy to jump on! For more information see A Guide To Pairing Food and Cocktails. In considering a cocktail, keep in mind that you want the cocktail to complement the dish/meal rather than match it…
If you follow my blog, you may have noticed my recipes tend toward bold, spicy flavor profiles. Many of my recipes don’t pair well with wine (i.e. Tropical Black Beans and Rice) Even if the menu works well with wine, sometimes you just want to change it up a bit. I asked some of my food blogger friends for their best farm fresh cocktails recipes, and was so excited (and a bit overwhelmed) by 135 submissions! I narrowed this list to reflect the gorgeous produce currently available in the Rio Grande Valley. With a little bit of encouragement, this may become a regular feature on my blog. 😉 Need a summer cocktail? Check out 8 Low Calorie Summer Cocktails You Must Try (#3 is Amazing!) from Positive Health Wellness.
I would love to hear your thoughts! Do one or two (or more) of these cocktails tickle your fancy? They certainly do mine!