The rainbow of premixed cocktails greeting you when you step in store is a testament to their popularity; we love them and they’re here to stay. We love them because its convenient to open a single serving and maintain moderation, because they tag along easily (and mess-free) and because the simplicity-to-taste ratio is very appealing. And if that wasn’t enough, turns out they marry quite well with many summer dishes. The proof is in these pairings.
Salmon tartare with pineapple and puffed rice
Super popular for their “light” taste and 100 calories per can, White Claw drinks welcome a new pineapple flavour. Dry and easy-drinking, this RTD is subtle in taste and quite pleasant. Keep this fresh at the table with a salmon tartare with pineapple and puffed rice.
Barbecued pork ribs
This classic Caesar is enhanced by the flavour of pickled beans, making it an interesting alternative if you like things spicy. Serve it chilled with barbecued pork ribs.
Chicken quesadillas with grapefruit salsa
Who doesn’t like lemonade? This classic with a twist blends the freshness of grapefruit to a touch of rosemary to create a fresh new sparkling drink. A perfect match to chicken quesadillas with grapefruit salsa.
Fennel salad with citrus and feta
This vodka-based beverage highlights the acidic notes of lemon and of red berries. Rather sweet but well-balanced, this is an ideal complement for this refreshing fennel salad with citrus and feta as it will bite into the saltiness of the famous cheese.
Tropical chicken burgers with avocado, peach and mango salsa
A trip to the Caribbean in a can! Bacardi offers a unique rum-based drink with flavours of pineapple, orange, ripe mango and a touch of passion fruit. A perfectly exotic match to chicken burgers with avocado, peach and mango salsa.
Salmon in citrus sauce
Don’t feel like carrying or purchasing all the necessary products and tools to achieve the perfect Aperol Spritz? With this premixed cocktail, you don’t need to. Prosecco, the classic bitter liqueur and a touch of sparkling water are combined in a bright bottle. All you need are ice cubes and an orange slice and voilà. Your taste buds will be delighted paired with salmon in citrus sauce.
Spicy guacamole with bacon bits
Building on their success with their citrusy and seductively sweet gins, Seventh Heaven offers here a very fruity marriage that combines the richness and depth of blueberry with the sweet bitterness and acidity of cranberry. Just the thing to tame the kick in this spicy guacamole with bacon bits served with your favourite chips.
Fattoush (Lebanese salad)
The blend of watermelon and mint with a rum base and a touch of coconut creates quite the pleasant mix. Perfect to bring a little sunshine to any happy hour. As for finding the perfect pairing? The touch of mint will echo the ingredients in this delicious Fattoush salad.
Chicken brochettes with tapenade
The curiosity of sangria lovers will be quenched. The drink is a nod to the famous Spanish drink, but the red wine was substituted for a clever cranberry and citrus cocktail, highlighted by Stadaconé distillery’s “red” gin. Not too sweet and graced with a pleasing acidity, it will pair well with chicken brochettes with tapenade.
Scallop and salsa bites
For talented mixologist Patrice Plante, aka Monsieur Cocktail, this mojito is simply the best there is. With no artificial flavours or colours, this premixed drink comes from cold-pressed juices and a blend of artisanal Caribbean rums. Adding the freshness of mint from the garden, it will be perfect with scallop and salsa bites.