Sure, a Dunkin’ Donut is great with just about any coffee you order. But to really bring out the flavor, check out our tips on pairing the right drinks with the kind of donut you’re having.
It’s true that you can have a perfectly good day with just any donut you fancy at Dunkin’. Fork out around $3 for a large coffee, and you’re good with several donuts. Relax and enjoy.
That’s the good thing about donuts. They’re the most indiscriminate food around. There’s virtually nothing you can drink with it that can ruin the taste (especially if the donut is from Dunkin’ to begin with).
But if you’re a self-confessed foodie, then you might have rather demanding taste buds that insist on getting the full flavor from these Dunkin’ donuts. To do that, you’ll need the perfect drink, which will depend on what type of donut you got.
Plain Classic Donuts
This is always a reliable, no-fuss choice. That means you can try any of the following beverages:
- No-fuss coffee. This pairing is traditional because it’s just so good.
- Hot chocolate. You can then do what people used to do—dunk the donuts into the drink. That’s why it was called Dunkin’ Donuts to begin with. The donut absorbs the chocolatey flavor, while the donut also becomes wet enough that it basically melts in your mouth. Also, your bitter coffee tastes a bit sweeter as well.
- A glass of milk. This is if you’d prefer to drink something cold. Try a different flavor for your milk to see which one’s your favorite. You may even want to add a shot of Bailey’s to the milk for some oomph.
It’s well-known that chocolate goes well with most fruits, especially strawberry.
- Fruit juice or fruit smoothie. This is great for your afternoon snack.
- Fruit-flavored beer. This is when you’re jonesing for donuts later at night. Try a beer with a blueberry or cherry flavor.
- Fruity red Cabernet. This really washes down the chocolate icing nicely.
This donut can be quite sweet, so you have to figure out if you want to match that with more sweetness or complement the sweetness with another taste. Also, you may want to take the particular cream flavor into account as well.
- Sparkling dessert wine. This can be sweet, but this sparkling dessert wine offers high acidity and carbonation that makes for a perfect match. Go with the Moscato d’Asti if you want things sweet, but for lower sweetness levels, go with the fruity sparkling wine.
- Pink Moscato. This goes great with donuts filled with jelly.
- Sweet blush wine. It’s another great choice for jelly donuts.
- Tripel (Belgian-style) beer. If your donut has a ricotta filling, you can match that ricotta tanginess with the slight bitterness of this beer.
As the coconut is a tropical fruit, it’s hard to argue against pairing it with some sort of tropical drink as well.
- Lemonade. This reliable tangy drink goes nicely with the coconut, and it’s great for hot afternoons or late-night donut cravings.
- Passion fruit juice. This is like a sibling of the lemonade, as it is quite refreshing while the tart flavor is nice and pleasant. The fruit is native to Brazil, but it is easy enough to make on your own. Just buy some Frozen passion fruit pulp or puree, or get the Goya frozen passion fruit pulp.
- Piña Colada. When you’re out with your adult buddies, this is one drink to match with coconut donuts. Drink this while you’re all lounging around the pool.
Donuts with Everything
These are the donuts with just about every topping available, or have been dunked and dipped into a wide variety of flavors. The wide range of flavors can really overwhelm your taste buds, so the key here is to match these donuts with simpler drinks.
- A simple glass of water. This can wash down the flavors and keep you from overloading from all the various flavors.
- A simple glass of milk. This is a good drink at night, or when the water for you is just too simple.
- Chocolate-flavored stouts. This type of beer is great when you have a predominantly chocolatey donut.
- Dark lager. It offers that crisp flavor that goes well when your donuts are filled with nutty flavors.
- Brown ale. Drink this if you’ve got lots of caramel on your donut.
Of course, you can always go on an adventure trying to find out which coffee beans goes well with different types of donuts. You’ve got to figure out which coffee beans work best, and whether a dark, medium, or blonde roast is the way to go. Coffee with donuts will never go out of style, especially if you love your coffee as much as you love your donuts!