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Food + Cocktail Pairings 

Crafting a menu with a combination of food and spirits can be a challenge but can be oh-so rewarding when flavor profiles are paired together well. Spicy spirits may require a milder food pairing and savory may need sweet a counterpart (but not always!). Finding the right fit for your food and spirits pairing depends on the flavor profile of both your spirit and the dish you are making. Pairings of spirits and food relies on balance and complimentary flavors; you wouldn’t want to pair a fruity dish with a charred spirit or a refreshing cocktail with a decadent dessert. Aim to find a middle ground to not overwhelm either the food or spirit and let us help you with your spirit and food pairing menu!

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Salad and White Wine or Whiskey Sour

Salad and White Wine or Whiskey Sour

When pairing a wine or cocktail with salad, it’s important to select something acidic and light. Riesling is a light and refreshing white wine. A Whiskey Sour is the ideal cocktail to sip on while enjoying a salad with it’s splash of citrus added to the mix.
Charcuterie and Gin and Tonic

Charcuterie Board and Gin and Tonic

A cocktail full of botanical flavors, the Gin and Tonic is a top-notch choice for sipping on while enjoying a charcuterie board with friends. Fill your board with meats infused with herbs, sweet berries, strong flavored cheeses, nuts and of course chocolate.
Popcorn and Orange Crush

Popcorn and Orange Crush

A little unconventional, but perfect for a pre- (or post) dinner snack, a light drink like an Orange Crush only naturally goes with something light like popcorn. Both are easy to enjoy in small quantities or to serve to a large group while dinner is being prepped.
Crab Cakes and Mojito

Crab Cakes and Mojito

This close to the Chesapeake Bay, crab cakes are a warm weather staple. Take yourself to the beach pairing a Mojito with your crab cakes. Add a squeeze of lemon over your crab cakes for extra citrus to go with the lime in your cocktail.
Pimento Cheese Grilled Cheese and Mint Julep

Pimento Cheese Grilled Cheese and Mint Julep

Synonymous with Southern living, pimento cheese and juleps were “mint” for each other. With a little bit of a kick, the pimento grilled cheese sandwich can be countered with the sweet, smooth taste of a Mint Julep. A perfect pair for your Derby Day festivities!
Pollo Asado and Spicy Margarita

Pollo Asado and Spicy Margarita

Step away from the Taco Tuesday and Margarita Monday pairing and mix a Spicy Margarita to pair with Pollo Asado. This marinated grilled chicken has a subtle sweetness that will tame the bite of the tequila blanco and jalapeño based margarita.
Seafood and Scotch

Seafood and Scotch

Options are endless for seafood and scotch pairings. The smoky and complex flavor profile of a scotch balances the more subtle tones of seafoods like lobster and salmon. Sip scotch neat or on the rocks while you enjoy a dinner fresh from the sea.
Burgers and Rum and Cola

Burgers and Rum and Cola

Swap the burgers and beer for burgers and rum and cola (or a whiskey and cola)! When grilling out, find a cocktail that has limited ingredients and a little bit of carbonation to keep things light and refreshing so you won’t overpower your burger toppings.
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