Keep to the theme of grilling by preparing a grilled sangria. This concept drink has become extremely popular in the last couple of years, with grilled fruit adding a touch of smoky flavor to a blending of brandy and red wine. Grilled apples, citrus, and grapes round out the taste and mellow out this drink. To prepare: place grapes on skewers, cut up slices of apples, lemons, and oranges – and place on a medium-high grill. Cover and grill until the fruit is softened and slightly charred. Cool and place in a large glass pitcher. Then add brandy, red wine, orange juice, and a simple syrup to blend. Chill for at least 6 hours so the flavors fuse together. Serve with any cut of grilled steak with a side of grilled vegetables and a light salad.
Smoke-flavored cocktails are great served alongside a barbequed steak and side dishes. Use smoky spirits such as a Mexican mezcal or a single malt Scotch to create a summer cocktail that your guests are sure to remember. A great cocktail is the “Blood and Sand” that has been around since the 1930s, when it was introduced and named after a bullfighter movie that starred the famous Rudolph Valentino. The drink is made with a blend of scotch, sweet vermouth, Heering cherry liqueur, and fresh squeezed orange juice. Shake with ice and strain, served in a chilled cocktail glass alongside a grilled New York steak.
White Summer Wines
When we think of steak we usually think of a glass of bold, red wine. But don’t be afraid to pair grilled steak with a fruity and full-bodied white wine. The richness of the steak complements the lighter tones of a chilled white. This summer keep a few bottles of white in the fridge, such as a classic German Riesling or a dry and crisp Chenin Blanc from France.
When summer is here, rosé wines become the go-to-wine when looking for a drink that has the characteristics of a red but with a lighter and unique taste. Try the pink hues of rosé with your next grilled steak – the zesty spice and fruity notes of many rosés is ideal for pairing with a grilled flank steak or a rib eye.
The Summer Non-Alcoholic Drink
While steak goes so well paired with a cocktail, wine, or beer, it’s equally as tasty with a non-alcoholic drink on hot summer days. The next time you’re grilling, get creative with a non-alcoholic drink. It can be as simple as chilled pomegranate or cranberry juice mixed with club soda poured over ice. Or try a tropical fizzy drink by mixing together fresh orange juice, seltzer water, and chopped mint leaves.
No matter what drink you decide to pair with grilled steak, it’s all about the art of having a lazy summer that’s filled with good food and drink. Visit us at Rib’N Reef as we continue the culinary theme of summer with one of our great steaks and cocktails.