Summer Snacking: Your Guide to Popcorn and Drinks Combos ft. SkinnyPop

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Hey everyone!

It’s no secret that when the sun is shining in the sky, a slight summer breeze is drifting in the air, and you are out lounging with your friends, having a drink and snacks within reach would be the perfect way to round out the day. I know that for me personally I always love to have some food and beverages nearby for any and all hangouts. Chilling with my squad just isn’t the same when we don’t have something to nosh on.

And usually that something for me is preferably popcorn. It’s one of my favorite snacks that are on the “healthier” side. I love a good kettle corn, a chocolate drizzled popcorn, or even just a plain ol’ buttery movie theater style popcorn. There are so many popcorn flavors to choose from it can be overwhelming.

With every snack and every popcorn flavor there is always an ideal beverage pairing to sip on while snacking. While you can go the boring route of just choosing water, a soda, juice, or just a beer, it’s fun to mix things up every once in awhile and really kick things up a notch. The perfect popcorn and drink combo in my opinion should be so great that it creates flavor explosions, like that one scene from Ratatouille when Remy paired random food together into a flavorful combination. That is the one scene from the movie that I reference to literally All. The. Time. Comment down below if you remember that scene!

Of course, to really make a snack and drink pairing good, spiking it with some alcohol couldn’t hurt. I mean, Olivia Pope has her wine and popcorn and she’s has a super successful career. So we can’t go wrong following in her footsteps, am I right? 

While you can just scroll through Pinterest to see which drinks would work well with which flavor of snack you are going for, it can be tough to narrow down the choices. Today, I have with you all a helpful little guide for some easy popcorn and drink pairings to try out, thanks to SkinnyPop Popcorn. 

I have to confess something to you guys. I am not the best at making drinks. I don’t even have a shaker. I just pour a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. Take a sip. Add a little more of this and a little more of that until it tastes BOMB. There’s no real method to my madness. Just a ton of madness. Trial and error, if you will. I’m a barista, not a bartender. Lemme know in the comments below if you guys are the same way!

But, because I am a Starbucks barista, I do like to create some wacky drink combos based on Starbucks drinks. You know those customers ahead of you in line who rattles off a long, complicated order that ends up taking ten years to recite? Yeah.. I'm kinda guilty of doing that too. But in my defense, it's because I am trying out new flavor combinations beyond the boring basics you can get off of Buzzfeed or all those trendy Instagram ones. My weekend go-to after my shift at work is to create a different drink combination that I can later spike with some alcohol. Who needs to go to a bar when you can just make your own "drinks"? I'm certainly no professional, but the combinations are tasty and endless!

Much like in the SkinnyPop popcorn and drink pairing guide, I love to have a tasty fruity beverage with cheese-flavored popcorn. I am addicted to popcorn, and white cheddar has got to be one of my all time favorites. White cheddar popcorn is such a classic salty cheesy flavor that works so well with any light, tangy fruity drink.

One drink I highly recommend trying with a white cheddar flavored popcorn is a strawberry açai refresher with lemonade instead of water, a couple pumps of mango syrup, and both blackberries and strawberries from Starbucks. I posted this drink on my Instagram Story a couple months ago. It is the perfect combination of sweet and tangy. When I got home, I added in a couple shots of rum to give it that extra kick. The rum doesn't take away from the overall taste as much, but does kick it up a notch. All you need after that is to add a pretty little umbrella, and pretend you are relaxing by the beach.

Another drink concoction from Starbucks I've started ordering a lot is a cool lime refresher with coconut milk instead of water and a few pumps of mango. Then I add in some Malibu coconut rum to it, and it literally tastes like a piña colada. I kid you not. Something bout the combination of the minty lime and the sweet tropical mango with the coconut flavor I guess. It's so bomb I've gotten my friends into it as well. We all call it the Starbucks piña colada drink. This drink would go VERY well with a sea salt popcorn. The drink itself is creamy and sweet, and the saltiness of the popcorn won't be too overwhelming for your tastebuds. It's a win-win for salty and sweet.

I swear those were not just Starbucks ads. I'm not sponsored by them, unless you count getting my paychecks from them because I work there. I just like not having to buy a bunch of cocktail ingredients from the store to make drinks at home. It's easier to get a base drink, and add in alcohol later on at home. I'm a lazy girl. We all know that by now.

Now, we've all established the fact that I am not professional. I just like having weird drink combinations. And trying out new things. I may not be the most classy, sophisticated go-to-wine-tastings kind of person out there, but at least I can say I am adventurous and experimental with my drinks. That disclaimer has already been said and done. So don't go complaining that I'm ruining drinks when I tell you bout this next drink.

Recently, my sister bought a bottle of rosé that was really tasty, but a bit on the dry side. I like my drinks to be a more balanced sweet. To combat that issue, I decided to add in a bit of Mountain Dew to my rosé. That literally made the drink SO good. All it took was two parts rosé and one part Mountain Dew, and that made the drink perfect. A drink like that would go so nicely with a pepper flavored popcorn.

I definitely recommend trying out some of these drink and snack combinations from the SkinnyPop guide, and the ones I suggested too! Lemme know what you think! 

Sometimes it's easy to fall into a rut, and simply eat what tastes good. But when you got a great drink and food pairing, it can really enhance and bring out the flavors even more. There's less of a need to wash and cleanse your palate with water when you got a good pairing going on. Although, there is nothing wrong with drinking water. That ain't what I'm saying. Do remember to drink water and stay hydrated. That's very important if you wanna stay healthy. You can't just live off of vodka. I mean, it looks almost like water... but it ain't haha

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you find this helpful! Please comment down below if you try out any of these pairings! Or if you have some suggestions of your own! I would love to have more ideas to try out!

I wish you all a lovely week!

Til next time,

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  1. Ooooh, I love this post! I forgot you are a Starbucks barista. No wonder you came up with all these rad popcorn pairings. Popcorn is one of my fave "healthier" snacks too. And the moscow mule is another one of my faves. By the way, what's the pink strawberry drink at Starbucks called? I saw a guy drinking it had fresh strawberry slices in it. I wanted it, but didn't feel like asking him about it. :P
    Also, I love you for adding Mountain Dew to your rosé!

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  2. Omg I think I would try the classic. I like the taste of mule, sweet and a little bit of bitter aftertaste but the popcorn in the end will give the tasty combo :D

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  3. OMG. I wish this post had come out last week, because my friends and I were searching for cool drink recipes, and this would have been PERF. Even more so because my friend actually has a whole bottle of Malibu coconut rum! The extent of my own mixing is literally just knockoff Sprite and whatever red wine we have. I feel like I offend people every time I drink it, haha. Going to have to try these recipes out soon, especially with the popcorn!

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  4. Fruity drinks in summer, accompanied by popcorn? Yes please! I adore toffee flavoured popcorn but SO rarely have it - ahh, I remember as a kid going to the cinema and eating my weight in popcorn haha :) Thanks for the tasty imagery in this post mmm!

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  5. Such a lovely combo ideas dear! I love fresh drinks and some snacks for my summer afternoons! I usually make my own drink with lemonade and mango juice ^-^ I love pop corns too, especially with salted butter and poppy seeds!

  6. Oooh this post made me hungry, and specially in these summer days I'm dying over your snacks proposal ♥

  7. Sounds like the perfect summer afternoon to me! :)

  8. Beautiful post dear, very interesting! <3

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  11. Looks and sound so refreshing! I love fruity chilled drinks in the summer, but I'm not a popcorn fan at all. I hate how it gets stuck in the teeth when chewed. Lol!! I'm weird huh? Lol!
    Thanks for sharing though. My son will definitely enjoy that. :-)

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