Nothing says summer like a cool, refreshing drink, and when paired with your favorite seafood meal, there’s no better warm-weather combo. We’ve rounded up some drink recipes and paired them with some of our favorite fish dishes. Serve up these delicious duos at a party with friends or on a quiet night on the patio with your partner.
White Peach Sangria and Ceviche
Take advantage of peach season by making a pitcher of this White Peach Sangria from Bobby Flay. This white wine sangria features pineapple and orange juices, brandy, triple sec and of course, peaches. All you have to do to make this 5-star favorite is mix together all the ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate it for at least eight hours. This sangria goes especially well with ceviche, as the sweetness of the peach complements the acidity of the ceviche.
Sweet Tea and Grilled Seafood
Grilled fish is a summertime staple, so why not pair it with a classic summer drink like sweet tea? To make this southern staple, simply sprinkle a bit of baking soda into a heat-proof glass pitcher and add six teabags before pouring in two cups of boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for 15 minutes, then remove the teabags and add some sugar and cold water. The boldness of the tea complements the big barbecue flavors of grilled fish, especially those that have been prepared with a rub.
Lime Margaritas and Fish Tacos
Margaritas and fish tacos are truly a match made in Mexican food heaven. To make a pitcher of margaritas, combine tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and ice in a pitcher and stir until combined. The zesty lime pairs well with the flavors in the fish tacos, while the tequila adds a bit of an edge to the meal.
Cucumber Coolers and Chinese Cuisine
The phrase “cool as a cucumber” isn’t just a fun saying—according to Chinese medicine, cucumbers actually help cool one’s body temperature. Take advantage of these cooling properties by whipping up some cucumber coolers to serve alongside one of these Chinese dishes. To make a cucumber cooler, fill a cocktail glass with cucumber slices, muddle them and then add some ice cubes and simple syrup before filling the glass with ice and ginger ale.
Coconut Lemonade with Coconut Crusted Shrimp
Is there anything more refreshing in the summer than a tall glass of lemonade? This Coconut Lemonade recipe from Jillian Harris puts a tropical twist on the classic drink. Coconut Lemonade pairs well with recipes like coconut crusted shrimp by matching the sweetness and complementing the texture. To make the lemonade, squeeze the juice of six lemons into a pitcher and add a can of coconut cream, some lemon simple syrup and some ice cold water. Stir and enjoy!
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