When your favorite restaurant is booked for the evening or you want to treat yourself to a nice meal at home on a cool autumn evening, we can help you bring the restaurant experience home. Discover new restaurants (and old favorites) on our app, and see what your delivery options are, all in one place. That way you can order the food you want, how and when you want it. But we get that even with delivery there’s a piece missing: that warm energy you get when sitting in the middle of a bustling restaurant, sipping on the perfect glass with your meal. So, while we can’t deliver a sommelier or in-house mixologist, we can give you a few pointers on which drinks pair nicely with our 10 most-ordered cuisines.
Montepulciano with Italian
Our pick for a hearty Italian meal is Montepulciano! It comes from the east-central region of Italy and pairs excellently with meatier, fattier pasta dishes. This medium-bodied red is highly acidic, making it a great choice with tomato-centric sauces. You can also expect to taste fruit-forward notes with a hint of spice. So cue up some jazzy tunes and have a glass or two of Montepulciano with your Spaghetti Bolognese or a Seafood Puttanesca.
Rice Lagers with Sushi
Seasons come and go, but one thing that remains constant, sushi is always a great choice! It’s basically all your favorite ingredients rolled up into one beautiful, tiny (and tasty) package. This perfect culinary delight deserves to be paired with a refreshing Rice Lager. Whether you like to keep things simple with a crisp California Roll or get zesty with a Spicy Tuna Roll, the clean, subtle taste of this Japanese style beer is sure to complement fresh seafood so you can savor the flavor in each bite.
Cucumber Cilantro Margaritas with Mexican
This cuisine style offers up an abundance of rich flavors, colors, and textures, but the taco has always been the breakout star. It’s simplistic perfection, with grilled meats or veggies piled on a warm tortilla and often topped with onions, cilantro, and a robust salsa—what’s not to love! While you can’t improve on perfection, you can complement it with a chilled Cucumber Cilantro Margarita. The coolness of the cucumber mixed with the smooth tequila topper is sure to round out your meal. Here’s our breakdown of the recipe:
- Muddle 1 lime wedge, 2 tbsp sugar, 2 sprigs of cilantro, and 3 cucumber slices in a shaker
- Fill a shaker with ice and shake, shake, shake!
- Rub the rim of your glass with 2 more lime wedges and coat with sea salt
- Strain the cocktail into the glass
- Garnish with a cilantro sprig and a cucumber slice
IPAs with Burgers
Every once in awhile, you get a hankering for a juicy burger, grilled to perfection and piled high with the best seasonal fixings. When you finally get your hands on the burger of your dreams, you realize something’s missing—a crisp, refreshing IPA. Burgers and beers have been an iconic duo since the dawn of time (maybe not that long ago, but at least a century for sure).
A well-balanced IPA features piney and citrus hop notes, which cut through the fat while the carbonation cleanses and primes your taste buds for the next beautiful bite.
Tumeric Ginger-Spiced Gin And Tonics with Indian
Not many things sound better than a plate of Chicken Tikka Masala or Chickpea Curry with a side of Naan. The aromas, flavors, and warm fuzzy feelings you get with each bite can only be enhanced by the right cocktail—a Tumeric Ginger-Spiced Gin and Tonic. Its tangy blend of citrus and spice both balances the flavors and cuts through the heat. And it could be all yours in a few simple steps:
- Add 4 oz of gin, ½ tsp of turmeric, and juice from ½ a lime into a shaker with ice.
- Give it a little shake, then strain the mixture evenly into two ice-filled highball glasses.
- Top with even amounts of ginger beer (6-8 oz total), garnish with a lime wheel and serve.
Sangiovese with Pizza
We know we already chatted about Italian, but we think that pizza is a culinary wonder deserving of its own category. Its variety of flavor profiles, from a classic Margherita to (the sometimes controversial) Hawaiian style, make it a more challenging food pairing. Luckily, just about every kind pairs well with Sangiovese (trust us, we’ve tried it). This medium-bodied wine is a true chameleon; its many forms can take on delicate, strawberry aromas or intense, deep flavors, which makes it the ideal counterbalance to everything you could think to throw on a pizza.
Lychee Martinis with Chinese
A wise person once said, “Lo mein is the window to the soul.” Okay, maybe that was just us. Either way, Chinese food is the king of take-out orders and a weekly staple in most households—judging by our recent delivery survey results, our diners agree. So how can you level-up this top reigning cuisine? Two words, Lychee Martini. This Asian-inspired cocktail is as smooth as can be, a fruity complement to the salty, sour flavors found in most Chinese dishes. Here’s an easy recipe for you to try:
- Fill a shaker halfway with ice, add in 3 oz vodka, 1 oz dry vermouth and ⅓ cup lychee juice (fresh is always best, but feel free to use a can)
- Shake and strain into 2 martini glasses and garnish with a lychee fruit
White Ale with Greek
Shout out “Opa!” on those nights when your craving a mouth-watering Lamb Gyros or a hearty Moussaka. This Mediterranean cuisine is best known for its use of feta cheeses, tangy olives, creamy yogurt, and nutty olive oils, just to name a few. With such an expansive flavor profile of fresh ingredients, White Ales (and their citrus notes) make for a delightful taste combo with Greek entrees. Oddly enough, the light crispness of this beer also tastes great with Greek pastries like Katiafi and Melitinias.
Spiked Thai Teas with Thai
Yet another favorite around OpenTable. From a steaming bowl of Tom Yum Soup and a flavorful green curry to oodles of Pad Thai noodles, this cuisine style pushes all boundaries of your palate. These spicy Far East flavors need a sweet and creamy counterpart, like the Spiked Thai Iced Tea. This classic Thai drink is an ideal pairing the traditionally fiery foods we all know and love. But, just like everything else in 2019, we decided to give it a reboot. See our twist on tradition:
- Make the tea ahead of time. Using Pantai Thai Tea Mix or any Ceylon/black tea bags boil water and steep your tea.
- Stir in ¾ cups of sugar until it’s dissolved, then let it cool in the fridge.
- Fill a glass with ice and pour in 1 oz vodka or rum, then add the tea.
- Add a splash of condensed or coconut milk, stir, and serve!
Bordeaux with BBQ
Whether you’re a true Southerner or just an all-out bbq enthusiast, it’s hard to resist the calling this comfort food. Ribs, cornbread, mac & cheese—the list of savory, salty goodness goes on and tastes great with a Bordeaux Blend. Primarily composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, Bordeaux blends are powerful with scents and essences of blackberry, vanilla, and coffee. This wine’s eclectic taste profile matches the flavors of barbecued ribs, brisket, and other smokey delights without masking them. So have a sip, or a few, as you smother some bbq-goodness in a rich sauce (vinegar or mustard-based) and turn up some sweet country tunes.
Order In, Drink Up, and Enjoy!
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