6 Creative, Tasty Food Pairings for Cocktail Hour

Food & Drink
wedding food pairings grilled cheese and tomato soup

Photo: Pat Furey

Go ahead, play with your wedding food! Your cocktail hour is an opportunity to really have fun with your menu options, and one of the best ideas we've seen (that's sure to impress guests!) is to serve up bite-size versions of your favorite food pairings. Here are a few delicious (and unexpected) pairings:

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup (above): Classic comfort foods like grilled cheese and tomato soup are always a crowd-pleaser, especially when they're served in such a chic way.

Sliders and Beer: During cocktail hour, have waiters pass out mini versions of your favorite burgers or sandwiches paired with your favorite ale.

Pretzels and Beer: For a more casual cocktail hour, serve up freshly baked pretzels and a mini pint of hefeweizen (don't forget the mustard!).

Tacos and Margaritas: Tequila and tacos go hand-in-hand, so offer up mini versions of each during cocktail hour.

wedding food pairings bloody mary and clams

Photo: Mel Barlow

Bloody Mary and Fried Clams: How adorable is this fried-clam bite (served in a shell!) paired with a mini Bloody Mary with straw?

wedding food pairings fried chicken and coke

Photo: Mel Barlow

Fried Chicken and Coke: Another can't-go-wrong combination—a bite-size portion of fried chicken with the tiniest bottle of Coke we've ever seen.

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