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Apr 21, 2014 02:23 PM

What to Drink with Shrimp and Grits

We're having a shrimp and grits dinner, with fried okra as a side. What to drink with this? Beer? White wine? (Somehow I don't feature red wine.) If white, dry? Off-dry? Am I overlooking something obvious?
Our guests are three Southerners; we're Yankees. Opinions welcome from all regions!

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  1. I'm not a drinker, but this site looks cool:

    New Orleans Cocktails and Classic Drinks

    And the "something obvious" you're overlooking? Iced tea??

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    1. re: Kris in Beijing

      Right you are! And I have right in the pantry Republic of Tea's Ginger Peach tea which we first tasted in Charleston. I'd forgotten all about it. I guess we have to sweeten it to make it really Southern.
      (The New Orleans cocktails look delicious but complicated. I don't do complicated --- pulling a cork is as far as I go.) Thanks!

        1. re: EarlyBird

          I can do without the Bourbon but Abita beer is hard to beat with shrimp and grits.

          1. re: EarlyBird

            Mixed? (You can tell I'm an ignorant drinker.)
            Or one or the other separately?

              1. re: BerkshireTsarina

                In separate glasses. Bourbon with a beer chaser (or is it the other way around?)

                Or, you could go nuts and do a boiler maker, dropping a shot of bourbon - glass and all - into a glass of Abita. You could call that drink "Lee's Revenge."

                1. re: EarlyBird

                  A couple of years ago I was in New Orleans on a gambling junket with my father. He likes to gamble, I can take it or leave it. I spent a lot of time wandering up and down Canal Street and the French Quarter. I thought it would be nice to have some beer in the hotel room. There are lots of liquor stores on Canal Street. I went into one and went to the refrigerator case and noticed that nothing was marked with the price. I picked up a six pack of Abita in bottles, brought it to the checkout and it ringed up at $13.99. I didn't need beer in the hotel room that bad.

                  Recently, a Total Wine & Spirits store opened up not too far from home and I can buy a 12-pack of Abita for less than the price of a six pack in New Orleans.

                  1. re: John E.

                    you don't think they saw immediately you were a tourist and were jacking the price?

                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                      I think most of those liquor stores cater to tourists and the prices are always that high. The locals buy liquor somewhere off Canal Street.

                2. Traditionally, it's beer or sweet iced tea. In my house: whatever you like!

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                  1. re: John Francis

                    good heavens, yes -- I can't even imagine anything else with shrimp and grits, less it was cocola.

                    1. re: John Francis

                      I grew up in Atlanta and NEVER had 'sweet tea' and still don't get it. Ugh :(

                      1. re: c oliver

                        I usually find that half-n-half is about right....

                    2. I think sparkling rose' goes with just about everything.

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                      1. re: c oliver

                        Sparkling Rose' is my desert island wine of choice. Let's hope there's a fridge on my island.