Don’t get us wrong. Staying inside to binge-watch the best of Netflix is perfectly acceptable when the sun is so oppressive you can actually see the heat waves. But sometimes we wonder if the experience could be enhanced, so we revved up your binge-watching by pairing some of our favorite shows with recommended snacks or drinks to make you feel like the glutton you are.
Pair with: An Old Fashioned cocktail
“My generation, we drink because it’s good, because it feels better than unbuttoning your collar, because we deserve it. We drink because it’s what men do.” – Roger Sterling
Whether “Mad Men” was responsible for the onslaught of classic cocktails on bar menus across the country is impossible to say, but it is safe to assume that it had some influence. Watching Don Draper and the men and women of Madison Avenue sip drink after drink is certain to make one thirsty, and an Old Fashioned is just the drink to get you in the same sharp-thinking and dapper-dressed mood of the drama.
“Parks and Recreation”
Pair with: Any and all breakfast food
“There has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast food.” – Ron Swanson
Between Leslie Knope’s pure and unconditional love of waffles and Ron Swanson’s unyielding passion for bacon and eggs, it’s difficult to not crave breakfast foods while watching “Parks and Recreation.” The sweet meets savory flavors of the whole range of morning foods perfectly pairs with the hilarious meets heartfelt tone of the show.
Pair with: A cappuccino and a muffin
“I had the half-drunk cappuccino with the lipstick on the rim.” – Ross Geller
With an estimated one-third of the show taking place at Central Perk, the coffee shop just downstairs from the characters’ apartments, this is a pretty easy connection. The show starts in the mid-‘90s, just when the espresso drink craze was picking up and just in time for Starbucks to start taking over the world. Celebrate the ubiquity of a handy cappuccino and a great muffin while watching this iconic ‘90s sitcom.
Pair with: Meat lover’s pizza
“That woman you met in my office this morning is not a colleague. We’re lovers.” – Jack Donaghy
“Oh, that word bums me out unless it’s between the words ‘meat’ and ‘pizza.’” – Liz Lemon
For sevens seasons, Liz Lemon and her junk food addiction put on a weekly sketch TV show, managed an eccentric group of misfit dummies and navigated the life of a decent-looking New Yorker. (“In certain lights you’re an ‘eight,’ using East Coast over-35 standards, excluding Miami.”) Join her in by slamming a pizza, Lemon style.
Pair with: Coffee, a cheeseburger, French fries and ice cream
“I would like a cheeseburger, with a side of cheeseburger, and see if they can make me a cheeseburger smoothie.” – Lorelai Gilmore
Perhaps the only thing more astonishing than the speed at which the Gilmore Girls talk to each other is the amount that they eat. Stunning and wafer-thin the both of them, they chow down on burger after pizza after burrito and wash it down with mugs of coffee before finishing it off with some ice cream. Pretend you’re at Luke’s Diner with the ladies and try to keep up with their love interests and pop culture.
“Friday Night Lights”
Pair with: Cheap domestic beer
“I always skip Wednesdays. I was thinkin’ [I would] hit the museum, yoga, library for a bit… then again, I might just do the usual. Wanna go for a beer?” – Tim Riggins
Football fans and non-football fans alike love this show and it’s because of one thing—the characters. Well-written, beautifully shot and perfectly cast, “Friday Night Lights” is a show that some people (ahem, “some” people) love to binge-watch over and over. While Tex-Mex or Texas-style barbecue might have made good pairings for this show, the near consistent presence of “ice cold memories” makes beer as fitting as anything for this show. “Texas forever.”
“House of Cards”
Pair with: Barbecue ribs
“Was there something different about these ribs this morning? I didn’t think they could get any better, but these were something special.” – Frank Underwood
Watching Frank Underwood fight his way to the top of the government ladder is frightening, enthralling and almost difficult to binge-watch. On one hand, the show is so heavy, you need time to process, but on the other hand, you can’t stop. You need some more just like the ribs Underwood is always eating. Sure the symbolism of Underwood constantly devouring the protective bones around the heart is a little heavy-handed, but damn if Freddy’s ribs don’t look delicious.
Pair with: Tea
“Just tea for me, thanks.” – Sherlock Holmes
Quintessentially British and brazenly anti-social, Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed character in pop culture and yet, Benedict Cumberbatch and the creators of BBC’s “Sherlock” have successfully captured a whole new side to the detective, while still rooting him in his history. Cheers this cheeky crime-solver with traditional English tea—hopefully without an eyeball floating in your cup.
Pair with: Blue Curaçao cocktail
“It may be blue, but it’s the bomb.” – Jesse Pinkman
Watching Walter White and Jesse Pinkman evolve from high school student and teacher to drug lords is a brutal, messy and nerve-wracking experience and yet, you’re always pulling for Heisenberg. To emulate the memorable blue color of their “Blue Sky” meth, (without the side effects, of course) we recommend mixing yourself a cocktail using Blue Curaçao, an orange-flavored liqueur. Mix it with gin, triple sec and bitters for a “bluebird,” or tequila, lime and lemon juice and club soda for a “blue diablo.”
Pair with: A frozen banana
“There’s always money in the banana stand.” – George Bluth Sr.
To say that the Bluth family is dysfunctional is an offensive understatement. Bankruptcy, incarceration, manipulation and incestuous undertones permeate the sitcom and the family is always just on the verge of keeping it together. At the start of the show, the formerly wealthy family still has one thriving business, their frozen banana stand, and although that quickly goes up in flames, the delicious treat will always be associated with the show.
**Photo courtesy Netflix.**