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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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French Toast and Coffee Liqueur

French Toast and Coffee Liqueur

Brunch just got better. Nothing pairs better with French toast than warm coffee spiked with coffee liqueur. Whether you whip up classic French toast or add berries on top, a spiked coffee is the perfect compliment to this sweet pastry.
Breakfast Burrito and Bloody Mary

Breakfast Burrito and Bloody Mary

Savory…and savory – a perfect breakfast pairing. Start your day with a breakfast burrito packed with protein and a Bloody Mary packed with your base-spirit of choice, Bloody Mary Mix and garnishments such as pickles and olives.
Roasted Chicken and Whiskey

Roasted Chicken and Whiskey

When pairing whiskeys with food, it’s important to note the characteristics of the whiskey, not the category. Chicken that’s been richly cooked pairs well with whiskey that has bold and savory notes that play into butter and herb seasonings.
Grilled Steak and Aquavit

Grilled Steak and Aquavit

Øster Vit, a Virginia-made Aquavit, is crafted from Scandinavian tradition but with a new world flair – including oyster shells in the steeping process. Serve this cordial over ice, with a grilled steak giving a whole new meaning to surf and turf.
Portobello Mushrooms and Bourbon

Portobello Mushrooms and Bourbon

Pick up your preferred bourbon to pair with grilled portobello mushrooms. The natural oak flavor of a well-aged bourbon compliments the charred flavors of grilled vegetables leaving you with a pairing you can enjoy time and time again.
Dark Chocolate and Mezcal

Dark Chocolate and Mezcal

While chocolate is most often paired with red wine, dark chocolate and mezcal are a pairing that was meant to be. Both with flavor elements originating in Mexico, chocolate provides balance to the smoky and fruity notes of a mezcal.
Crawfish Boil and Chardonnay

Crawfish Boil and Chardonnay

Experience the New Orleans Carnival celebration Virginia style with a Cajun Crawfish Boil and a Virginia-made Chardonnay. The rich flavorings and spices of garlic, lemon and Cajun seasoning of the Crawfish Boil will have you wanting a wine that cleanses your palate with notes of vanilla and a full-bodied oaky flavor.
King Cake and Spiced Rum

King Cake and Spiced Rum

Sip on a spiced rum based cocktail while indulging in a King Cake during the Mardi Gras season! The King Cake, a Mardi Gras tradition associated with the Christian Epiphany and the Christ Child (represented by a small, hidden plastic baby), is a ring of sweet pastry that when paired with a spiced rum adds an extra kick of flavor!
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