Venison Stroganof with Straw Potatoes
Rosolos salad (beets, et.al.)
Bitter greens (arugula, etc.) dressed with oil/vinegar
Rye bread, butter
Dessert: Rhubarb kissel
Problem: Wine is out of the question, due to allergies. We would like something lighter and more refreshing than the obvious choice of beer. Finnish simaa is not within reach in the timeline, nor do I want to test-run Russian kvass.
I was thinking of concocting something along the lines of the British Shandy, but with the midwestern college twist of the "Strip-and-go-Naked". So, I'm thinking a light punch-like drink of lemonade (fresh-squeezed), a splash of Finlandia or Stoli, and...and...and...some kind of beer, as in a Shandy, all over ice. With the heavy Slavic food, I was thinking a stout, but am so very open to suggestion. Does this sound disgusting, or good? I like it, but need input.
Water will be the beverage on the table, but our guests like an alchoholic sip as well. Chilled, lemon-infused Stoli shots will follow with some (low-brow) caviar (as a later-on snack), so there will be some continuity.
Any beverage suggestions for this set of foods and needs?
(Maybe this is better on the Spirits or Beer board, but those boards don't seem to get as much traffic.)