What to Drink with Oysters

By Maha Elley

You know that moment when you’re about to order oysters at a restaurant? Don’t you wish you knew which drinks would best complement your order? Or you may be throwing a dinner party with oysters and wondering which drinks will be best paired with them. Either way, we’re here to help guide you.

Photo by: Jeffrey Gurwin

Read on for our drink recommendations to help you experience that explosion of taste and texture in your mouth:

Sparkling Wine and Champagne

Let’s face it, bubbles and oyster are a match made in heaven! Not only do the bubbles provide a contrast in terms of texture, the acidity of the drink also contrasts nicely with the creaminess of the oysters.

Gin

A Gin martini or classic Gin & Tonic go down very nicely with a plate of delectable oysters. Hendricks is a great choice as the subtle cucumber notes complement the oysters well.

Stouts

The bitter taste of stout beer goes well with the saltiness of the oysters. Guiness is a great choice if you’re going to go for this option.

Tequila

Want to liven up your oyster experience even more? Follow it up with a shot (or three) of white tequila. Some oyster lovers even add a splash of tequila into their mignonette for a zesty pairing with lime.

Crisp and Dry White Wines

Crisper white wines such as Muscadet or Pinot Grigio are a great choice to wash down oysters.  

Interested in getting up close and personal with raw oysters?  Find out more about oyster shucking with one of our interactive classes.