Cocktails & Food Provide an Interesting Twist

In the world of fine dining culture and experience, wine seems to be the pairing of choice. Sommeliers serve wine from all over the world to enhance the dining experience. Recently, we’ve been seeing Whisky or Brandy show up at the end of the meal to pair with chocolates and other desserts. But the latest culinary trend is pairing cocktails and fine food. The cocktail scene has burst into cities all around the world and fine cocktail bars are held in the same regard as fine dining restaurants.

In many ways cocktail and food pairings make perfect sense. Cocktails based on different spirits can be altered to highlight and transform a particular dish. Spirits on their own can be too powerful for more delicate dishes. Even with a higher ABV, cocktails allow the mixologist to dilute the alcohol and even alter the mouthfeel and temperature to ensure a perfect pairing. Cocktail pairing may not become the everyday norm, but it is a very interesting way to add a new twist to a great night out.

Culinaria Classic Margarita revisions

A refreshing classic with lime citrus (1 wedge), a kick of tequila (44ml), and touch of orange sweetness (30ml Cointreau or Grand Marnier). The Margarita never fails with spicy food.

Food pairing suggestion:

1. Malaysian Laksa Noodles

2. Singaporean Chili Crab

3. Spicy Ceviche

4. Thai Satay

Culinaria Island Old Fashioned revisions

30ml Appleton Estate Extra 12 years (2666), 30ml Michter’s American Whiskey US1 (24113), 20ml Campari. Stir well with ice and serve in a rocks glass with ice cubes.

A rich and bitter combination ending with a sweet and spicy note, this cocktail will make a wonderful accompaniment to most meat dishes.

Food pairing suggestion:

1. Medium Rare Filet Mignon

2. Iberico Spareribs

3. Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb

4. Jerk Chicken

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