A dish of pot roast and a glass of wine

5 Best Beverages To Pair With Your Flavorful Pot Roast

A dish of pot roast and a glass of wine

Pot roast has French and German influences and is the kind of food you can leave to cook for many hours as you go and do your household chores and other errands.

This classic American dish is cooked until the beef is fall-off-the-bone-tender—its gravy is thick and rich with root vegetables that are just in the right texture. Traditionally, a pot roast is cooked in a Dutch oven for several hours. But today, a crockpot or a microwave pressure cooker can conveniently do the job for you in a shorter amount of time but with the same great results. 

Recently, pot roast has become hugely popular worldwide, and even people from Asia have started loving it. They usually pair this dish with rice. This is also why having a large microwave rice cooker can make the fluffiest rice that would pair well with the melt-in-your-mouth pot roast.

However, one thing that everyone can agree on is that pot roast goes great with a beverage. Luckily for you, we have found the best drinks to match this dish, taking it from good to divine!

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1. Merlot

A glass of Merlot

After taking the roast out of the oven, you may use your preferred red wine to deglaze the pot. Many chefs would constantly suggest using the exact quality wine for cooking, deglazing, and pairing with the pot dish.

Merlot is widely considered food-friendly. Its velvety texture and plummy-rich flavors blend well with the pot roast's rich meaty intensity. The Merlot's medium to full-body weight and moderate acidity complements the dish well and does not overpower its subtle herbs.

2. Cabernet Sauvignon

A glass of Cabernet Sauvignon

The fresh and vibrant notes from this classic red wine match the saltiness of the roast. The fruity and often smoky finish can complete the meal.

Cabernet Sauvignon is considered America's most famous red wine. And its popularity has soared with the emergence of steakhouses all over the country. This wine is dry with a high tannin level, which might be overwhelming to some but pairing it with a hearty dish is just perfect.

3. Manhattan

A glass of Manhattan with skewered cherry and orange twist

If you're not too fond of wine, this cocktail made of whiskey, vermouth, and Angostura bitters, garnished with maraschino cherries, is perfect for your pot roast dinner. The Manhattan has a slightly sweet and bitter aftertaste that will balance the gravy's rich flavor and peppery saltiness.

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4. Daiquiri

A glass of classic daiquiri with a lime wedge

Daiquiri consists of white rum, lime juice, and simple syrup. The overall fresh vibe of the drink will pair well with the heartiness and richness of the roast. Additionally, the cocktail's nice bright edge will complement the gravy's slightly spicy and peppery flavor. 

However, you can tweak this drink to fit your pot roast dinner by adding orange liqueur or Grand Marnier for a bit more complexity and flavor.

5. Shiraz

A glass of Shiraz with a lemon wedge

This full-bodied, dry red wine contains a healthy amount of tannins and nuances of cloves and black pepper that pairs well with succulent pot roast. The fat content of the meat washes away the dry texture and heavy mouthfeel brought about by the tannins in the wine.

Shiraz has many flavor notes such as smoke, red and black fruits, white and black pepper, and floral violet. The complexity of its taste complements the many characteristics of the dish.

Fifteen minutes in the refrigerator is the ideal serving temperature of Shiraz. When served too cold, the aromas and flavors will be muted. In contrast, the flavors will be dull when served at room temperature, and its alcohol will be too strong.


There is nothing more fulfilling than a hearty and flavorful pot roast when it comes to Sunday night family dinners. Pot roast has been passed on within generations, with each individual having their version of this festive meal!

Whether you like to enjoy your pot roast with mashed potatoes and gravy or want a variety of side dishes to go along with it, there is no denying that this dish goes great with some luscious beverages.

What other drinks would you recommend pairing with a pot roast? We'd love to hear from you!

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