Spring produces lush produce, the urge to indulge in lighter dishes and al fresco dining. But what should you sip while you’re savoring spring fare like asparagus, strawberries and spinach salads? Well, we have you covered with a few of our must-try refreshing beverages and pairings from Pinterest.
Wines: Spring’s warmer weather and fresh greens calls for sippable white wines that pair well with veggies.
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- The Details: Soave is a dry, white wine from Italy that is a good alternative to Pinot Grigio for diners wanting to try something new.
- Try it With: Soave pairs nicely with pastas, particularly the pasta primavera you’re likely to encounter in the spring time.
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- The Details: This popular white wine is dry with “herbaceous” qualities. It originated in France but many varieties hail from New Zealand.
- Try it With: Sauvignon Blanc pairs exceptionally well with the ubiquitous spring veggie asparagus, as well as fish, cheese and sushi.
Beer: Though fall, winter and summer have many popular seasonal beers, spring is the forgotten season in many breweries. Summer brews may start to appear, but the only true spring beers are the bock varieties.
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- The Details: Bock beers are strong German lagers that have given rise to several varieties, including maibock, heller bock and doppel bock. A version you’re likely to find in a restaurant is Shiner Bock.
- Try it With: This German lager accompanies well with German cuisine, earthy cheeses like fontina and gamey meats.
Cocktails: Spring brings several cocktails that are also common during the summer, but we’ve found a couple that flourish April—June.
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- The Details: This British favorite is comprised of Pimms’ Number 1, a gin-based spirit with the flavor of fruit and spice, cucumber, lemon and chopped fresh fruit, like strawberries, and orange.
- Try it With: This warm weather favorite is often found on brunch menus and is popular with barbeque fare and at picnics.
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- The Details: White sangria is a cool, crisp spin on traditional sangria. It’s made with white wine, vodka, peach schnapps and fruit like apples, oranges and grapes.
- Try it With: White sangrias combines well with seafood, spicy foods like chorizo and salsa, and cheeses.
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- The Details: When mixed with sugar, rhubarb has a sweet, tart flavor that mixes well in mezcal margaritas.
- Try it With: Like all margaritas, it’s served best with Mexican foods like tacos, fajitas and other rich, spicy dishes.
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- The Details: This cocktail is a twist on the traditional warm weather cocktail. It’s a mix of rum, raspberries, mint, sugar and sparkling water.
- Try it With: Like the traditional mojito, this Cuban cocktail tastes great with ceviches, Cuban pork sandwiches and grilled fish dishes.
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- The Details: This twist on a 2014 food trend includes green tea, vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup.
- Try it With: The Green Tea Cooler can be paired with similar foods as white wine. Try it with a salad, melon dishes or grilled chicken.
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- The Details: This cool, fruity beverage can be made with or without alcohol. Just add strawberries and a bit of fresh basil to traditional lemonade and voila (vodka is optional)!
- Try it With: Salads with balsamic vinaigrette, flatbreads with goat cheese and rosemary or spinach dishes are the perfect pairings for this sweet and sour drink.
Which spring drink and pairing captured your eye? Tell us in the comments below!