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Drinks to Pair With Chicken Tacos

by Susan Lundman, studioD

Whether your chicken tacos are Tex-Mex style with lots of lettuce and cheese or traditional Mexican versions with thick, corn tortillas and a small amount of meat, you have options. When it comes to drinks to serve alongside tacos, keep authentic Mexican drinks in mind as well as drinks Americans have come to associate with Mexican food.

Fruitful Refreshers

Any commercial fruit-based soda provides a refreshing drink with sugar and fruit flavors to balance the heat of chicken tacos. You'll find orange, lemon, grapefruit or guava flavors at Mexican markets, as well as Mexican cola made with cane sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup. Or, make your own authentic fruit coolers by cooking and blending sugar and ripe fruit such as tamarind, lime juice and zest, melon, papaya or watermelon and adding sparkling water after the mixture cools.

Your Beer of Choice

Beer never goes out of style as a drink to serve with Mexican food and tacos in particular. The full-bodied tastes and somewhat more carbonated recipes of Mexican beers pair well with the tacos. Layers of sweetness, crispness or malty flavors in the beers deepen the flavors of the taco and stand up well to hot spices. Try out different Mexican beers at local Mexican restaurants to see which brands you prefer.

Why Not Wine?

If you like wine, go ahead and serve it with chicken tacos. Choose a dry, white wine if the chicken tacos have only mild levels of spiciness, or choose a flavorful, red wine if the tacos have lots of fiery chiles and hot seasonings. Fruity red wines, such as Beaujolais or Chiantis provide just the right blend of body plus zest. Or make up a batch of fruity sangria with red wine, lime juice, sugar and sparkling water.

Kick It Up a Notch

A refreshing tequila-lime margarita gives chicken tacos a lift. Its zesty flavor and hint of sweetness provide relief from the spicy tacos. If you make your own margaritas, use the best tequila you can afford for a rich and less harsh drink. Another cocktail with the same fruitiness of a margarita is a Paloma, made with either tequila or mezcal, grapefruit juice and club soda.

About the Author

Susan Lundman began writing about her passions of cooking, gardening, entertaining and recreation after working for a nonprofit agency, writing grants and researching child development issues. She has written professionally for six years since then. Lundman received her M.A. from Stanford University.

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