5 Des Moines food and drink pairings done right
'Tis the season for holiday gatherings! Instead of staying cooped up all break long, get the family out and about. Here are five splendid drinks to try this season, each created exclusively by their respective restaurant and sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
Lurra Cocina's Kalimotxo
Pronounced cali-mot-cho, this drink brings together a full bodied red wine and house-made cola. Sounds peculiar, but the flavor sure isn’t. This newer cocktail, originally created in the Basque region of Spain, is versatile for those picky about their drinks. Infused within the wine-cola combination is Gong Fu’s Holiday Tea Blend, Cream Assam, plus warm spices, dried fruit and a hint of of butterscotch to bring out that holiday flavor.
Pair it: Arroz Negro Paella
1420 Locust St | lurracocina.com | 515-635-0952
Americana's Krampus Kocktail
Named after Eastern European folklore “Devil Santa,” this strong cinnamon flavored cocktail sure beats downing Fireball in front of your family. Over the course of a week, orange slices are bottled up in Everclear, distilling the flavor into the spirit. Add in Templeton Rye, a few pinches each of peppercorns, berries, broken up cinnamon sticks and Bacardi Gold Rum, and you have a drink that will warm your spirits up from the cold.
Pair it: Iowa Chops
1312 Locust St | americanadsm.com | 515-283-1312
RoCA's Christmas “Spirit”
Love apple pie? Give this spirit a whirl. Though made with Titos, Goldschlager and a barspoon of bourbon-caramel, the apple cider really peaks the senses. A torched cinnamon stick garnish completes the flavor.
Pair it: sliders or beef tenderloin
208 Court Ave | 515-282-3663 | rocadsm.com
The Continental's Apple Toddy
Baby it’s cold outside, so warm up with this cozy drink. Created with Cedar Ridge Brandy, Apple Puree, and topped with whipped cream and cinnamon, the heartwarming flavor is perfect for the season and tastes like Christmas in the country.
Pair it: Melon & Prosciutto Crostini
428 E Locust St | 515-244-5845
Table 128's Black Friars’ Winter
Looking for something smooth? This pretty Plymouth Gin concoction starts with a zippy lemon-lime flavor and finishes with a delightful pomegranate taste. The drink also has a compliment of rosemary syrup, creating a peppy holiday spirit.
Pair it: Eggplant Toasties
12695 University Ave #140, Clive | table128bistro.com | 515-327-7427