What to eat and pair with Vodka?

Pairing spirits like vodka with food and getting the combination perfect is almost an art form. It’s far trickier to pair vodka with food than the usual suspects due to its high alcohol content, incredibly strong flavor profile, and the heat element that comes along with any strong spirit.

At the Smilov residence Vodka is often paired exactly as shown in the picture here. We are Greeks and pair anything with Olives, Tzatziki, pickled peppers and feta. So if you are unsure the first pairing session should be done like this 😊

If you are not a fan of any of that, then have a read of the best food to eat with Vodka.


Get it skewered with some Bloody Mary and enjoy the revolutionizing combination of salt with the smooth drink. Remember not to overdo it, because the saltiness of the pickle and the alcohol can drain out a lot of water in your body, causing you dehydration. However, you can pair up the pickle with different types of other vegetables like a green salad, which can keep up the freshness without overloading you with salt.

Smoked Salmon

Yes, smoked salmon makes the list. Is there a better pairing than smoked and thinly sliced smoked salmon—king of fish—served with a bit of sour cream and capers? Um, no. What is even better is if it is on little toast! Don't believe us? Try it!


Yes. Cheese is not only reserved for wine snobs. Ricotta, dill, or good cheese go well with vodka. Although they can be a little more calorie consuming, if you are trying to watch your weight, maybe keep track of how much cheese you are putting into your mouth. Nibble on it and take your shot because a little goes a long way to keep you saturated and full. The cheese’s richness also complements the crisp vodka flavor, which is why it is such a perfect match.


Sushi might not be on top of your list when it comes to pairing it with vodka; however, Nigirizushi and vodka is a popular combo in bars. The likeness of the raw fish combined with the freshness that comes with vodka is an excellent combination. You get to enjoy the taste of both the drink and the food, and one does not overpower one another. If that is not a dream dinner scenario, we don’t know what is

Caviar Sweet Toasted Bread Triangles

Caviar might be a little expensive, but once in a while, you can splurge and indulge in some good quality caviar. To get a little bit of crunch with the rich taste, get some toasted bread triangles, which will give you the perfect palette to combined with vodka.

Shrimp Cocktail

It may not be a ready common sight watch people take a bite off two different types of cocktails at once, but shrimp cocktail with vodka works. The same reason sushi goes well with vodka. The lightness of the seafood drinks out the taste of your drink, but neither overpowers the other.

Smoked Fish

Although most people who frequent bars are partial to salmon, you can eat pretty much all types of smoked fish with vodka. It goes excellent with the slight sweetness of the meat and the lightness of the drink. The smoky flavor from the fish also gives your drink a nice aromatic feeling in your mouth, which is heavenly.


Who knew dumplings would be a popular contender to pair up with vodka. One is a Chinese delicacy, and another is Russian, and you don’t see the bond of these two often in cuisine. However, when it comes to fixing your drinks with food, dumplings are always a great choice. They are hearty, scrumptious, and come with their delicious sauces. If you are trying to enjoy a nice meal and something to get a little bit of buzz going, this can be a fun combination.

Grapefruit Juice

A little bit of sweetness is all you need to spice up your flavor profile when drinking vodka. But you don’t want too much sugar overload, and some freshly squeezed grapefruit juice can be perfect to hype up this drink. The concoction is absolutely refreshing, and you can drink it with some nice barbecue or sushi. There is no limitation do what you can pair this cocktail with.

Orange Juice

As far as the classic screwdriver goes, it is one of the very first vodka cocktails we all experience in college. The nostalgia itself is enough to give you a feeling of heightened sensitivity, but the drink itself is also extremely delicious. It’s easy and refreshing. Do remember to get some freshly squeezed oranges from your nearby shop or pick up some on the way back home. Don’t go for boxed juices; they are so full of preservatives; it can completely alter the taste of vodka and ruin the mood.

What do you usually eat with your cocktails? Drop us an email we would love to know what you pair Vodka with.

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