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What to Drink with Shrimp and Grits

BerkshireTsarina Apr 21, 2014 02:23 PM

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. Kris in Beijing RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 21, 2014 02:31 PM

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

    New Orleans Cocktails and Classic Drinks
    http://www.neworleansonline.com/newor...

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

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      BerkshireTsarina RE: Kris in Beijing Apr 21, 2014 02:53 PM

      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!

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        Gastronomos RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 21, 2014 03:26 PM

        "Ginger Peach tea"

        good choice!

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          Ttrockwood RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 21, 2014 07:21 PM

          Spike the sweet tea!

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            Sandwich_Sister RE: Ttrockwood Apr 28, 2014 09:07 AM

            I second that.

      2. EarlyBird RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 21, 2014 02:32 PM

        Abita beer and Bourbon.

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          mudcat RE: EarlyBird Apr 21, 2014 02:44 PM

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

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            BerkshireTsarina RE: EarlyBird Apr 21, 2014 02:54 PM

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

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              Bunny007 RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 21, 2014 06:14 PM

              Abita immediately came to mind for me

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                EarlyBird RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 22, 2014 08:14 AM

                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."

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                scoyart RE: EarlyBird Apr 27, 2014 05:31 PM

                *cough*

                Dixie Beer, please.

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                  John E. RE: EarlyBird Apr 27, 2014 07:43 PM

                  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.

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                    hotoynoodle RE: John E. Apr 28, 2014 09:04 AM

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

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                      John E. RE: hotoynoodle Apr 28, 2014 10:07 AM

                      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.

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                  John Francis RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 21, 2014 03:11 PM

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

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                    sunshine842 RE: John Francis Apr 21, 2014 06:07 PM

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

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                      c oliver RE: John Francis Apr 21, 2014 06:39 PM

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

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                        sunshine842 RE: c oliver Apr 21, 2014 07:27 PM

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

                    2. c oliver RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 21, 2014 03:23 PM

                      I think sparkling rose' goes with just about everything.

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                        waitress RE: c oliver Apr 22, 2014 07:07 AM

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

                      2. ipsedixit RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 21, 2014 03:45 PM

                        Champagne

                        1. perk RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 21, 2014 03:50 PM

                          Or a nice crisp cold white wine.....sauvignon blanc, albarino, pinot gris.....

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                            hotoynoodle RE: perk Apr 21, 2014 04:54 PM

                            okra can be weird with wine, especially whites that carry grassy notes. sparkling and bone-dry would work though.

                            i'd vote sweet tea, bourbon or beer.

                          2. tim irvine RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 21, 2014 04:58 PM

                            I like old fashioneds with anything tasty.

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                              carrytheone RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 21, 2014 07:05 PM

                              Abita beer and bourbon.

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                                c oliver RE: carrytheone Apr 21, 2014 07:08 PM

                                'Cept I don't like sweet tea, beer OR bourbon :)

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                                  sunshine842 RE: c oliver Apr 21, 2014 07:28 PM

                                  that's what the Cocola is for. Unless you're really lucky and stumble across an RC Cola somewhere. (and a Moon Pie for dessert, just in case you find yourself in Mr. Grizzard's hardware store) :)

                                  (That's Coca-Cola, in the vernacular)

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                                    c oliver RE: sunshine842 Apr 21, 2014 07:35 PM

                                    girlfriend, I grew up in Atlanta so I KNOW what cocola is :)

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                                      sunshine842 RE: c oliver Apr 21, 2014 07:57 PM

                                      oh, I wasn't explaining for you -- I knew you already knew!

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                                        c oliver RE: sunshine842 Apr 21, 2014 08:08 PM

                                        And *I* forgot you knew :) Still love 'em. A few times a year.

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                                          sunshine842 RE: c oliver Apr 21, 2014 08:10 PM

                                          especially in little glass bottles. :)

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                                            c oliver RE: sunshine842 Apr 21, 2014 08:19 PM

                                            I was on an airplane MANY years ago. Sitting by a chemist at Coca Cola. He said that the only difference was surface tension :) but people swore they could tell the difference. I love "Mexican" Coke with real sugar.

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                                              sunshine842 RE: c oliver Apr 21, 2014 08:23 PM

                                              I know...they keep saying it's the same stuff, but yeah, I think it tastes different.

                                              I far prefer Mexican Coke, and we tend to buy the "throwback" sodas made with real sugar. The cane sugar definitely tastes cleaner.

                              2. carolinadawg RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 21, 2014 07:20 PM

                                Muscadet, or a dry (low alcohol) reisling.

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                                  sedimental RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 21, 2014 08:31 PM

                                  Bloody Mary with a beer chaser.

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                                    Jeanne RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 23, 2014 08:56 AM

                                    I'm from the south too. Pinot Grigio and/or offer simple mixed cocktails - personally I like Captain Morgan's and coke.

                                    You can offer iced tea too but I personally don't drink sweetened tea. Just regular ice tea with a slice of lemon.

                                    1. letsindulge RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 23, 2014 10:08 AM

                                      Hurricanes, or beer. :)

                                      1. ChefJune RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 23, 2014 10:40 AM

                                        What to drink with Shrimp and Grits?

                                        Sauvignon Blanc!

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                                          FoodPopulist RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 27, 2014 07:46 PM

                                          A bloody mary made with bacon-infused vodka.

                                          1. BerkshireTsarina RE: BerkshireTsarina Apr 28, 2014 05:16 AM

                                            What happened:
                                            I had beer ready on hand, and made unsweetened ginger peach iced tea. (Couldn't bring myself to do the sweet tea!)
                                            (Abita beer doesn't exist around here, so that was that.)
                                            There's always bourbon on hand, so we were set. BUT --- guests brought white wine! A New Zealand sauvignon blanc, and that was consumed, and so was the ginger peach iced tea, as well as all the food. No one put sugar in their tea. So I guess it was a North-South dinner after all. But DELISH! Thanks for all the chat, I enjoyed it very much. Chowhounds are great company.

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