Cheese and Beer 4Eva
It’s late October, the Halloween decorations
are up, and I’m craving a spooky potion.
Enter the Witch’s Flight, a spellbinding spin on the classic Aviation cocktail:
gin perfumed by lemon, violet, and maraschino liqueur,
all kissed by the green fairy.
It’s a bright, refreshing concoction with a ghoulish glow,
conjured up to pair with Purple Haze from Cypress Grove.
Herbaceous and citrusy gin cocktails play so well with fresh goat cheese.
But this combination is particularly bewitching.
It’s fall, y’all! I’m sad that summer is ending, but there’s just nothing
like a cozy evening spent with a whiskey drink and a wedge of fine cheese.
Especially Humboldt Fog from Cypress Grove, so dense and cake-like
she begs for something slightly sweet and soul-warming.
So I conjured up a simple, sweet, autumnal cocktail.
Enter the Maple Manhattan.
A wedge of cheese and a cold beer is my favorite easy meal.
I love unwinding from the day with something so satisfying and simple to prepare.
Crisp, refreshing ales are choice in the summertime,
which is why I reached for the One Tun Pale Ale from Colectivo Keg Co. in Wisconsin.
Whether you’re pregnant, cutting down, or just don’t partake, you can still enjoy beverage and cheese pairings without alcohol. Some juices are just as complex and delicious as a fine wine, like those of Owen + Alchemy, my favorite in Chicago. I’m in love with their sexy apothecary aesthetic and cold-pressed juices made with ingredients that are truly farm-to-table. Each juice and kombucha is as delicious as it is nutritious and their packaging is really sexy. I chose a couple of their products to pair with the sensual goat cheeses from Cypress Grove in California.
Go ahead and indulge, it’ll be good for you.
A shot of straight Bësk is like a punch in the palate, but it’s refreshing and citrusy when mixed into a cocktail – like this delicious martini with notes of grapefruit, licorice and nectar. It’s also easier to pair with cheese when served in this format. Try it with an goat milk gouda, such as Midnight Moon, Beemster or even one from Trader Joe’s
I’ve finally entered the world of cheese and cocktails pairings! It’s all thanks to The New Cocktail Hour, a recently released cocktail guidebook for the at-home mixologist. It’s filled with approachable yet delicious recipes complete with a snippet of history behind the drink, food pairing suggestions, and descriptions so vivid you can almost taste them. It’s also written by Tenaya Darlington, one of my all time favorite cheese bloggers, and her brother Andre, a cocktail aficionado and blogger himself.
I’m nuts for absinthe, so I took it upon myself to come up with the ultimate green fairy pairing to pleasure my licorice-loving palate. I matched an absinthe-washed cheese with an absinthe-rinsed cocktail and found myself in a murky storm of ecstasy.