When it comes to food, I know that the best way to take any meal to the next level is to pair it with a drink that not only excites the taste buds but also compliments the dish in all the right ways. Although, when it comes to pizza this can be tricky. Luckily I’m a man of taste (as previously mentioned) so I’m here to not only share my knowledge but to also set before you a list of pizza and drink pairings that when consumed will make you feel like there isn’t a single thing in this world that you can be stuffing your face with that will make you happier. You will also thank me for being a man of taste.
Starting off with the classic pepperoni. It’s so easy to assume that such a basic pizza is either too bland to go well with anything, or so basic that you can drink it with anything. Not true, you are wrong. The secret to this combination is the gin in the negroni. Gin is quite a modest spirit. It’s straightforward and flat on the palette. This type of flavor performs an amazing dance of tastes with saltier meats (the pepperoni). The spicy, earthy tones derived from the juniper berries in the gin is also an added complement to the rosy sweetness of the standard pizza sauce. The spiciness also serves to cleanse the palette so that the next bite is never disturbed, giving your mouth full attention to what really matters; the beautiful pepperoni.
Ah yes, the controversial pineapple on pizza. There’s a lot of politics surrounding the Hawaiian pizza mostly due to the question “Should pineapple go on pizza?” Well, guess what, it’s on the pizza and there’s nothing you can do about it. Why not try and enjoy it with an amazing cocktail and have a little fun? The most obvious aspect to pairing the jungle bird cocktail with the Hawaiian pizza is undoubtedly the addition of pineapple juice. The jungle bird was practically created to go with Hawaiian pizza in that regard, but, there’s more to it. The real secret that ties this pairing together is the caramel touched rum. Rum is always a friend to ham, which the Hawaiian pizza holds residence to plenty of ham. The smoky flavors found in both ham and rum multiply the taste experience. Double pineapple with smoky rum and ham; A match made in heaven.
The veggie pizza makes up for its lack of meats with a wide variety of veggies that offer a monsoon of flavour over your innocent little taste buds. The focus of flavor on the veggie pizza comes primarily from the olives, peppers, and onions; all very deep and powerful flavors. With this in mind, the best compliment is something bright and acidic. Entre la Sauvignon Blanc! (Not only am I a man of taste, but a man of culture as well.) The Sauvignion Blanc offers the perfect accent to the full and fresh flavours of the veggies, with it’s dry and slick flavour it adds the perfect cherry on top of your well rounded experience of flavor. Who knew pizza could be so profound.
Now of course there are plenty of other pizza and drink pairings to go around, but I can’t just give away ALL of my knowledge in such a short time. Besides, with what you’ve learned today I’d say the best thing to do is just experiment! How else do you think I became such a prolific pairer of pizzas and party drinks? By using some of the principles I’ve applied in my list you’ll be able to come up with a pizza pairing that fits your taste buds perfectly. Become a connoisseur of your own taste buds and you’ll find the truly perfect pairings that work for you.
That’s it for this person of taste, and I can’t wait to share some more of my knowledge and experience with all of you pizza lovers.