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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.

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

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                          1. re: perk

                            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. I like old fashioneds with anything tasty.

                              1. re: carrytheone

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

                                1. re: c oliver

                                  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)

                                  1. re: sunshine842

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

                                    1. re: c oliver

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

                                      1. re: sunshine842

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

                                          1. re: sunshine842

                                            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.

                                            1. re: c oliver

                                              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. Muscadet, or a dry (low alcohol) reisling.

                                1. Bloody Mary with a beer chaser.

                                  1. 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. What to drink with Shrimp and Grits?

                                        Sauvignon Blanc!

                                        1. A bloody mary made with bacon-infused vodka.

                                          1. 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.