The classic Martini is always a great choice because the recipe can be adapted easily to individual taste if a guest prefers their Martini Dry, Perfect or even a Gibson. Perfect combination for any meal but I especially prefer a Martini before any vegetarian meal like Creamy Artichoke Pasta.
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Lovers of scotch will enjoy this cocktail as an alternative to the Martini. A Rob Roy is a sweet, smooth drink that men tend to prefer and makes a nice warming drink for the colder seasons. Try this cocktail before a meal that features Cassoeula, a hearty pork, sausage, and cabbage soup.
The Manhattan has been served before dinner since it's creation, which has been a long time since it is one of the oldest cocktails. So many people cannot be wrong and it's popularity has not been lost to time. This cocktail is the perfect combination with any gourmet food such as Blackened Salmon with Chipotle Squash Puree and Mang.
The grandfather of the Martini is an obvious choice for an apèritif. The addition of triple sec and orange bitters bring a little citrus to the Martini. You'll love a meal that begins with a Martinez and features an oriental dish like Pineapple Chicken with Coconut Rice Wrapped in Banana Leaves.
Add scotch and sweet vermouth to your Martini for a sweeter apèritif. Hearty meals like Herb Crusted Lamb Chops with Creamy Morel Potatoes work well with an Affinity.