The Christmas dinner menu is set. You’ve ordered one of the full dinner catering options from one of Addison’s restaurants. But do you have drinks to pair with dinner? Don’t worry, we are here to help! We have searched far and wide to find some answers on what are some of the different wines and cocktails to pair with your Christmas dinner.
Let’s start with a tasty Christmas-flavored mimosa. The Cranberry Mimosa is a great starter cocktail as everyone is walking in and getting settled. You will need:
- 1 lime, halved
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 cup sweetened cranberry juice
- 1 bottle champagne
- 12 fresh cranberries
- 4 small sprigs of fresh rosemary
Rime champagne flutes with lime and dip in sugar. Pour 1/4 cup cranberry juice into each glass and top with champagne. Use a toothpick to poke a hole through cranberries. Thread rosemary skewer through cranberries and garnish mimosas.
Of course, having the right wine for the dinner portion is key, and understanding how the different wines pair with the different meats is very important.
For example, if you are serving turkey, Sauvignon Blanc is one of the best wines to pair with it. “Known for its citrus-based flavors that can be surrounded by herb or mineral undertones, this crisp white is a prime pairing candidate for turkey,” according to The Spruce Eats. If you are looking for a red wine to go with your roasted turkey dinner, Pinot Noir is the way to go. “The wine’s bright high acidity, as well as extreme versatility on the table, make it a solid choice for pairing not only with turkey but also the handful of sides that will cover the rest of your plate,” according to Food & Wine.
Are you ordering the prime rib dinner from Lawry’s The Prime Rib? Try pairing it with a Cabernet Sauvignon which can cut through the fat or a Zinfandel or Merlot which are more medium-bodied.
Do you have a favorite wine or drink for Christmas dinner? Share it with us in the comments section below.