By Cathy Huyghe
"Is it weird to drink wine — made from grape juice, of course — with a recipe that already features grapes? Not exactly, but it is potentially clamorous, assuming that the table grapes you use in the recipe will not be the same kind as those used in the wine you’ll be drinking. This leaves us with a wide swath of options for beverages that pair well with the sweet heat of the sausages and the concentrated juices of the grapes.
When many people think of what to drink with sausages, they think beer. Choices like Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager, Kingfisher Premium Lager, and Stone Ruination IPA would work quite happily with this dish. But for an unusual twist that can be either alcoholic or non-alcoholic, try elderflower. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur is an exceptionally popular ingredient right now in cocktails at bars all over the city (it’s also available on the shelves of many wine stores to take home), and in specialty food stores you can find juices pressed from elderberries. Use either and play with your own version of a trumped-up, out-of-the-ordinary “lemonade” that will be refreshingly compatible with today’s Daily Dish.