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What To Drink With Mussels

Mussels are one of the most versatile seafood ingredients. They can be used in many different types of recipes and are surprisingly easy to prepare. For the perfect drink pairing with your mussels, check out our easy guide. We’re sure we have the perfect beverage no matter how you cook your mussels.

Steamed mussels

Steamed mussels are easy to cook and make for a great starter or main course. What to drink with them really comes down to what was used in the recipe. Naturally, if you’re steaming mussels in white wine, beer, or cider – choose this to drink alongside your dish. Just remember, the mussels have the stage here: a refreshing Pinot Grigio, a crisp ice cold Pilsner or a bubbly, frizzy cider are all fantastic drinks to enhance the mussels’ flavour.

Top tip: Chablis, a Chardonnay variant that has a un-oaked, steely flavour slightly reminiscent of oyster shells, is a great choice for a fancier steamed mussels dinner.

Tomato and pork based broths

If you’re thinking about making a tomato based fish stew with mussels, you need a drink with some body. Strong rosés are a good fit, as long as they are dry and crisp. Red wines tend to be too overpowering for seafood, however, a Pinot Noir can be delicate enough to compliment the mussels cooked with tomato, especially if you’re also having some crusty bread with your recipe. If you’d rather drink a beer, choose anything slightly sweet such as a Belgian beer. If you’re having some bacon, pancetta, sausage or chorizo with your mussels, you want something stronger to go with them. A Shiraz, with its spicy, peppery taste, goes hand in hand with the salty pork flavours without stifling the sweet mussels. If you’re not a wine fan, going for German style sweet wheat beers is always a safe choice.

Spicy and curried mussel recipes

Pairing wines with spicy food is always a challenge. The best advice we can give you is always look for high acidity wines, which means wines that come from colder regions like Chardonnays or Sauvignon Blancs coming from France or German dry Rieslings as opposed to wines from Australia, New Zealand or California.

Easy Go-To Drinks

Champagne, Prosecco and Cava are among the best pairings for your mussels, especially if you’re having them as a starter. The bubbly, refreshing flavour of these sparkling wines can really add an edge to your meal, making every bite so much more enjoyable. If you’re going out for drinks and mussels are your finger food of choice, ice-cold white spirits are your friends. A good old Gin & Tonic or a classic Martini are both excellent choices to fully enjoy some juicy mussels!

Let us know what’s your favourite drink to pair with mussel recipes in the comments below.

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