If you have ever encountered a person who owns an air-fryer, they are sure to have raved about it at some point or another. Air-fryers and instant pots are becoming extremely popular for so many reasons. They are simple to use, condense cook time, and small enough to store on the counter.
To elevate your meal even further, whip up a tasty mocktail while waiting for the air-fryer or instant pot to finish cooking! We love to pair fun non-alcoholic drinks with almost all of our meals, especially the easy-to-make air fryer recipes below.
What Is an Air Fryer?
An air fryer is a countertop convection oven that circulates hot air around the food to achieve a crispy exterior without any added cooking oil. The appliance has grown in popularity since it allows for a much healthier method to prepare certain meals. From golden-brown French fries to juicy honey barbeque chicken wings, there are so many different options to make for your family using this device.
What Is an Instant Pot?
Instant Pots are also special kitchen appliances due to their ease of use and fast cook time. They are considered pressure cookers that work by steam cooking the food with water that has reached a temperature over the boiling point.
There are so many simple and scrumptious dishes to be made with your instant pot or air fryer. Pair these meals with a tasty non-alcoholic beverage to bring your meal to the next level! See below for a few stellar drink and meal combinations.
Mocktail And Meal Pairing Recommendations
This refreshing non-alcoholic drink is a must-have for your next summer barbeque! It features fresh blueberries, ginger, lemon-lime seltzer, and mint leaves. Since this refresher is just as pretty as it tastes, it is the perfect party drink. Serve a few alongside these crisp air-fried coconut shrimp bites as an appetizer.
Gimlets are classic cocktails that have remained popular since the 1920s. This alcohol-free version made with cucumbers is so tasty and refreshing! These mocktails are lovely with fish, especially this delightful instant pot chili lime salmon dish.
Autumn is the season of apple cider donuts, pumpkin spice lattes, and butternut squash soup. This instant pot Butternut squash soup is the ultimate comfort food! Make yourself some mulled apple cider to enjoy with your soup for an incredibly cozy meal. Additionally, cranberry sauce is a major autumn and winter staple served at various holiday events worldwide. If you are not a big fan of hot beverages, feel free to give this festive pumpkin pie martini mocktail a try.
Never miss out on a Margarita Monday again with this virgin watermelon margarita! This refreshing beverage obtains all its sweet flavors from fresh watermelon, agave, and lime juice. Sip on this tasty beverage while enjoying these delicious Instant pot pork carnitas or Baja fish tacos.
Traditional Palomas, made with grapefruit soda and tequila, are among the most popular cocktails in Mexico. This twist on the traditional recipe contains no alcohol yet still boasts all the fantastic flavors the drink has to offer. Pair this refreshing mocktail with this air-fryer Mexican style corn on the cob for a festive appetizer or entrée.
Any meal made with your air fryer or instant pot is virtually effortless yet so delicious. Pair your meal with an incredible mocktail and enjoy!