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When most people talk about beverage pairings, they mean wine. However, if you stick to the vine and never try different drinks, you’ll be closing yourself off from a whole world of delectable tastes. There are various liquor and food pairings that will make a meal that much more satisfying. Here, we’ll list five of the best that everyone should try at least once.
Cognac with Plateau de Fruits de Mer
The various layers of flavor that comes with a good cognac echo wonderfully when combined with an opulent tray of chilled shellfish, but this isn’t the only reason why this is such a popular pairing. The salty, oceanic quality of the shellfish on a Plateau de Fruits de Mer, such as oysters and lobster claws, finds a potent yet smooth and palatable companion in in Cognac, especially a well-balanced XO blend.
Rice Whiskey and Sushi Nigiri
Another one for seafood lovers, who prefer a more pungent twinge to their foods. Rice whiskey has a much sharper edge than bourbon and scotch, which leads many people think that it’s harder to enjoy. However, crack a bottle open when you’re sitting down to a platter of nigiri sushi, and you’ll be converted almost instantly! Check out some posts like this Kikori whiskey review, and find a brand that sounds like it will suit your palate. The bite of the whiskey will find a complementary foil in the fresh potency of raw fish, the saltiness of seaweed, and the texture of rice.
Scotch with Duck Breast and Vegetables
For some pairings, you have to counter peat with fat. Scotch, especially when it’s peated, cries out for a strong partner at the dinner table. Duck, one of the fattiest birds you can buy at the supermarket, will definitely hold its own. The smoky peatiness of a good scotch, counteracted by the sweet potency of duck, will bring out the best in both parties.
Dark Rum with Glazed Jerk Chicken
Spicy, sweet, yet simple glazed jerk chicken, is a natural fit for the sweet and pungent flavors stemming from the molasses of a good dark rum. Cooking with the alcohol that you’ll be drinking later may sound a little basic, but with rum’s high sugar content, it’s a smart choice to include rum in the marinade you’re going to use, as well as your glass. Keep the rum neat and at room temperature to really get the most from this pairing.
Añejo Tequila with Barbacoa Tacos
Tequila may not be the classiest spirit in the world, but once you pair an aged añejo tequila with lamb barbacoa tacos, you’ll have a totally different view of the drink. When it comes to the flavor, you’re playing in the big leagues. The richness of the tacos, especially when they’re made street-style and filled with well-prepared lamb barbacoa, is the perfect complement to the potent and complex flavors of this tequila. Take it in small sips, with large bites of the tacos, and you’ll see exactly what we mean!