Inspired by the all-American Stewart’s brand and it’s nostalgic flavors, the first of which was crafted in 1924, Stewart’s Best Spiked Seltzers are becoming a modern classic themselves. We take classic flavors and adapt them to the hard seltzer market in the form of low calorie and low sugar flavor forward alcoholic beverages. 

Here at Stewart’s Spiked, we strongly believe that one classic deserves another. With this, we have set out to pair our best-tasting hard seltzers with iconic dishes from around the United States. The idea is to see which Spiked Seltzer flavor is #SpikedLiked and pairs best. 

For the first round, we explored New York City and tried two historic eateries. 

Lombardi’s Pizza:

Gennaro Lombardi first set up a grocery store on Spring Street in 1897. Here, he sold tomato pies wrapped in paper tied with a string to workers from the area’s factories. In 1905, Lombardi acquired the license to open a restaurant which famously became the first pizzeria in the country. Lombardi’s is credited with developing New York style pizza using Neapolitan recipes. And so, the pizzeria became a New York City staple, with clientele including Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. Today, it is frequented by both tourists wanting to try the original New York City pizza and locals looking to take home a classic pie. 

We tried their original Margherita coal oven baked pizza which was topped with homemade tomato sauce, fresh whole milk mozzarella and basil with all four of the Stewart’s Spiked Seltzer flavors. Here is what we found:

Pairing Favorites: Root Beer and Orange Cream were the favorites to compliment the Margherita pizza. The nostalgic flavors of the beverages combined with the classic New York style pizza really took us down memory lane. Because of this, it reminded us of good times!

Katz’s Deli:

Opened in 1888 on Ludlow Street and renamed Katz’s Delicatessen in 1910, Katz’ is a true Lower East Side landmark and New York City legend. The family run business is frequented by visitors and New Yorkers alike for its sandwiches, platters and meats. Quality is paramount at Katz’s Deli – because of this Katz uses a slower method with the meat. It can take up to 30 days which results in full flavor without any additives. Katz’s is often depicted in pop culture featuring in movies and TV. The most famous would be Meg Ryan’s scene in When Harry Met Sally, which prompted the famous line “I’ll have what she’s having”. 

We tried Katz’s pastrami on rye which is considered among New York’s best, with all four Stewart’s Spiked flavors. Here is what we found:

Pairing Favorites:  We found that Root Beer complimented the pastrami sandwich best. The flavor paired well with the different elements of the sandwich. Our second favorite was the Black Cherry. The flavor did not seem to overpower the taste of the meal, but when sipped, it broke through the aftertaste of the meat.

To conclude, we hope you stay tuned to see where we go next with our pairings!