When hosting a dinner party, you might want to consider branching out from beer and a bottle of sauv. From aperitifs, right through to digestifs, we explore what to drink with each course.
Welcome your guests with a glass of freshly popped bubbly. Dinner parties often kick off with a healthy dose of mingling and catching up, and there’s no better way to do it then with champagne in hand.
An aperitif is an alcoholic beverage served before a meal to stimulate the appetite. These drinks tend to be dry and low in alcohol such as vermouth, Pernod or Campari.
Serve these with a few nibbles or canapés.
During the main, sticking to wine and beer is a sure-fire way to keep everyone happy. Light food likes to be paired with white wine and pale ales, while red wines and dark beers work well with heartier, meat-heavy meals.
If you’re feeling adventurous, serving cocktails will no doubt impress your guests. Check out our guide here.
After chowing down on your delicious food, your guests will need a little something to help with digestion.
Originating from 18th century Europe (digestif in France, digestivo in Italy), these post-dinner drinks are often in the form of a neat spirit or dessert cocktail. Examples include brandy, whisky, sherry, port and liqueurs.
An espresso martini would go down a treat.
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