Cicerone Selections: What Beverages to Pair with Indian Food

September 2019 · Chef John Reed, CEC, CCA

When dealing with the complexity of flavors of Indian Food it is best to offer both a variety of beverages both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.


Non-alcoholic options:

  • Fruit Syrup based cocktails without carbonation – carbonated beverages tend to enhance the heat and spices of dishes
  • Lassi’s – Yogurt based drinks with tropical fruits or season cooked fruit purees


Alcoholic Options:

  • Beer of course.
  • The stronger the spice levels
    • Think IPA’s such as Jaipur (Thornbridge Brewing), Jai Alai (Cigar King Brewing) or Goose Island IPA (InBev)
  • Lighter street food
    • Think Premium lagers such as Kingfisher (United Breweries Banaglore), Hoponius Union Dry Hopped Lager (Jacks Abbey) or Firestone Pivo (Firestone Brewing)
  • For Richer dishes suchs as Butter Chicken and Korma
    • Think Stouts such as Guinness Foreign Export Stout (Guinness), Sweet Stout (Hitachino Nest Brewing) or Mackeson Milk Stout (Mackeson Brewing)
John Reed
Chef John Reed, CEC, CCA
John Reed is a professional chef with over 30 years experience. John has extensive knowledge of culinary techniques, ethnic cuisines, food history and more!

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