If you go to any high-class dining establishment, they employ whats known as a Sommelier. This person is a professional wine pairing expert who helps guests choose which style and brand of wine would be best paired with the meal they’ve ordered. Well, today I’m going to play the Sommelier of Online Slots, suggesting perfect mixed drinks pairing for today’s most popular interactive slot machines.
I’m not one to promote drunken gambling, but I don’t like to wager on an empty stomach either, if you get my meaning. There’s no reason we online gamers can’t partake in a responsible gambling experience while enjoying a drink or two, especially since we can do it from the comfort and safety of our own home.
Diamond Dogs Slot – The Regal Beagle
Diamond Dogs is a quirky, 5 reel, 25 payline online slots developed by NetEnt. It features a pack of affluently lovable pups who live in the lap of luxury. From sparkly golden chains, to lovingly bow-tied bones, to VIP fire hydrants, these decked-out doggies aren’t lacking a thing in life.
While playing, I suggest an equally affluent drink, like The Regal Beagle:
1 ½ oz vodka
2 lime wedges
1 tsp. honey
5 oz grapefruit juice
Splash of dry white wine
Mix the lime with honey, then add ice. Pour grapefruit juice over the top, followed by a splash of wine. Give it a little stir and garnish with rosemary.
Mayan Princess – Tequila Sunrise
Mayan Princess is a 5 reel, 20 payline slot that transports players back into the antiquated days of South American culture, when the forests were ripe with elaborately decorated warriors, ancient relics and unimaginable treasures. Developed by Microgaming, the graphic and sound quality is top-tier, and the animations are quite dazzling.
I’d recommend pairing this online slot with one of my favorite mixed drinks, the Tequila Sunrise:
1 1/2 oz Tequila
3 oz Orange juice
1/2 oz Grenadine syrup
Pour tequila and orange juice into glass over ice. Add grenadine; it will slowly sink to the bottom of the glass, creating the ‘sunrise’ effect. Do not stir! Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry.
Fruit Frenzy – Classic Sangria
Fruit Frenzy has been around for awhile now. It was actually RealTime Gaming‘s very first foray into the 25 payline genre of online slots. It’s vibrant, colorful and has numerous bonus features with a host of humorously edible characters that could probably be paired with a wide array of mixed drinks.
But since fruit machines have always been a classic favorite, it only seems fitting to pair this fruity game with an equally fruit-filled Classic Sangria (recipe suitable for serving from a large punch bowl):
2 bottles red wine
1 c. Grand Marnier or triple sec
2 c. orange juice
½ c. simple syrup
1 c. strawberries
A few dashes of ground cinnamon
7-Up (to taste)
Combine all ingredients (except 7-Up). Place in large jar; refrigerate. Add 7-Up just before serving. The longer you refrigerate, the less 7-Up you’ll need to sweeten it.
Tiki Wonders – Blue Hawaiian
Tiki Wonders is a fun-filled tropical paradise of reel-spinning action. This 5 reel, 20 payline game features wilds, scatters and free spins. Tropical birds and animals grace the reels with an oceanic background that will make you wish you were sipping mixed drinks from a secluded tropical beach.
With that in mind, I’ve chosen to pair Tiki Wonders with every coconut-lover dream, the Blue Hawaiian:
1 oz light rum
1 oz Blue Curacao
2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz cream of coconut
1 cup crushed ice
1 pineapple slice
1 maraschino cherry
1 umbrella (optional)
Combine in blender rum, Blue Curacao, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and crushed ice. Puree at high speed until smooth. Garnish with pineapple slice, cherry and umbrella.