Beer’s a natural beverage choice to go with your avo-packed Cinco de Mayo celebration. But, before you go out and buy a 12-pack of cerveza, we thought you might like to know that your choice of beverage can greatly affect the taste of your delicious meal and appetizers. Here’s a quick guide to help you find the perfect beer to pair with your avos.
However, before you pick the beer, it helps to know how to pick the perfect avocados. This video shows you the easiest way to find a perfectly ripe avocado, with a little squeeze test. If you gently squeeze the avocado and it’s hard, it’s not ripe enough. If it yields slightly to pressure, this is your ripe one! On the other hand, if it makes a large indentation, that’s a sign your avocado is overripe and might not be the best choice. Now, when it comes to make your guacamole, you’ll want to know how far ahead you can make it to prep for your party. This video explains that it’s best eaten within two hours, but a little splash of lime juice will keep it fresh in the fridge for a few extra hours before your party.
Now that you know how to find the best avos for your party, it’s time to think about the food. Most Cinco de Mayo parties start with guacamole, a spicy, creamy dip for tortilla chips and raw veggies. Or maybe you’d like something crispy to get the party started. These fried avocado slices with chipotle dipping sauce are an ideal snack for your party. Tacos are an obvious choice for your main dish because they go so well with a little chopped avocado, like in these tacos norteños.
So what type of beer should you drink with it? For starters, the fizz and acidity that come with a beer’s carbonation will help cut through the rich fat of any avocado dish. Look for Belgian-style beers, like witbier, saison, or tripels, which are known for their higher carbonation. What’s nice about a witbier is that it’s light and crisp, and often flavored with coriander and citrus peel, which is similar to flavors often paired with avocados (cilantro and citrus juice). Any beer with bitterness from hops will also pair well with avocados, like a pilsner. A beer with more bitterness, like a strong IPA, can stand up to stronger flavors you might want to pair with your avocados, like in the guacamole. Just know that the bitterness will also accentuate any spiciness in your dish!
With a little focus on a beer’s carbonation, bitterness from hops and flavorings, you can easily find the perfect beer for your ultimate Cinco de Mayo party with Avocados From Mexico!