What Kind Of Alcohol Should Be Served At Dinner Parties?

What kind of alcohol should be served at dinner parties? You are looking at doing food pairings; in other words, pairing the alcohol with the food or are you just going to have things available to your guests.

Brian Hay, a chef and culinary instructor at Austin Community College and a sommelier who also teaches for the International Sommelier Guild, says. "You need to ask yourself if you are looking at doing food pairings, in other words, pairing the alcohol with the food or are you just going to have things available to your guests? If you are doing the food and alcohol pairings, anything goes. I have been to beer parties where they serve beer with all different types of food. Most of the time people do parties with wine. Someone I know did a Vodka party recently where every course had a Vodka serving."

However, you must also remember that not everyone may want to drink alcohol, so make sure you have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks on hand for those and for designated drivers. Hay says, "I would always recommend having alcohol there and also having nonalcoholic drinks, in case someone doesn't want to drink. I leave that up to the person that's having the party. If they want to get formal, pair beverages with the food or just have things available."

Hay says that it is important to get to know your guests well enough to please them. He says, "If you have got a whole bunch of wine connoisseurs coming over, you are going to want to pair the wine with the food. Make sure you get professional advice on how to do it, because if you don't, they are going to tell you what's wrong."

If you are able to have a person tend bar then it is relatively easy to offer mixed drinks. However you can also lay out all of the elements for mixed drinks and allow people to make their own.

Hays says, "You just have to think of what elements you are trying to put together and who is going to be there. Beer and wine tend to be staples, and there is nothing wrong with that. I have been to parties where they actually mix drinks at the beginning and all the way through. Decide how much work you want to get into. Wine serving is pretty easy; you open the bottle and you pour, and it's the same with beer. If you are going to get into mixed drinks, that means you have to have a different set up. Do you have enough room for that set up with everything else that you've got going on?"

When deciding what kinds of alcohol to serve, you will need to take into consideration your guests, the amount of room you will have to be working with, a bartending set up, the theme of your party, and how much money you want to spend on drinks. After that, anything goes.

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