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Cocktail Hour with Cheese

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

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With cheese, the obvious, go-to alcoholic beverage is wine. So much so that you probably never thought you could have something else. Cocktails, however, make a great accompaniment to cheese. Cocktails allow you to really embrace and complement the flavors of the cheese you are indulging in. Here are 3 of our favorite cocktail and cheese pairings:


Manhattan with Saint Agur
The richy, woody flavor of the Manhattan compliments the rich, salty flavor of the blue cheese.

Ingredients:
2 dashes bitters
1 ounce sweet vermouth
2 1/2 ounces bourbon
1 maraschino cherry

Directions:
Fill a short glass 2/3 full with ice. Add bitters, vermouth, and bourbon. Add cherry and smash against the side of the glass. Stir to combine.


American Collins with Ile de France Goat Cheese
The herbaceous flavor of gin and sweetness from fresh fruit compliment the salty and tangy flavor of goat cheese.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
4 bing cherries, pitted
8 blueberries
Club soda

Directions:
Muddle the fruit on the bottom of a glass. If you do not have a muddler, you can use a spoon or other kitchen utensil to mash up the fruit. Add in gin and ice. Stir to combine. Then top with club soda.


The Hemingway and St. André
Lime and grapefruit juice help cut the butteriness of this ‘heavenly’ cheese.

Ingredients:
2 oz rum
3/4 oz lime juice
1/2 oz maraschino liqueur
1/2 oz grapefruit juice

Combine rum, lime juice, maraschino liqueur, and grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Surprisingly pairing: Whiskey and Cheese! What’s the secret?!

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Did you know whiskey and cheese are a popular pairing? You may find it surprising that the two harmonize well together. Whiskey enthusiast Oliver Klimek examined the combination recently on his blog Dramming!

His step by step analysis compares fermentation, aging and other production processes of both cheese and whiskey. He finds some intriguing similarities:

“Cheese and whiskey don’t only show some surprising team spirit in pleasing our taste buds. Looking closer at the production processes we can find some similarities and analogies that make them look like cousins in a way.”

“Some cheeses are made with special varieties of mould like camembert (white) and roquefort (blue), or they have a orange crust from special bacteria like munster. As these all grow during maturation, it is not too far-fetched to draw an analogy to the maturation of whiskey in differentcask types. Different cask types add different flavors to whiskey, just as different cultures do so with cheese,” he added.

For all interesting details and surprising conclusions of Oliver Klimek’s investigation please check out his article Whiskey And Cheese – Some Interesting Parallels.

February 4th is Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day!

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

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This Saturday, February 4th, is one of our favorite days: It’s the Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast holiday! Today not just kids, but also all adults can savor this frozen dessert as much as they want!

So why not serve cheese with ice cream? This unusual combination creates a distinctive and luxurious treat that will surprise and impress those who’ve never enjoyed them together! For more ideas check out our suggestions how to create cheese ice cream dessert – and have it for breakfast!

Bon Appetit!

Celebrate with chocolate and cheese!

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

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Can you imagine the holiday season without chocolate? Nothing could be more traditional than chocolate presents for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Everyone from children to adults loves to open, taste and share chocolate Santas, holiday truffles, and other sweets. That’s why a perfect holiday morning often features Christmas music playing, family together laughing happily, soft snow falling, and a box of Christmas chocolates peeking out from under the tree.

Cheese and chocolate are two of the most craved foods in the world, so putting them together is natural and absolutely delicious! It can provide delicate and extremely flavorful taste sensations. Here are some quick pairing advices for your holiday delight:

Dark chocolate goes well with a range of cheese flavors – from the Brie to the Roquefort.

White chocolate is especially good with Goat cheese and provides a delectable contrast that unlocks all the flavors of each.

Milk chocolate goes extremely well with St. André cheeses, simply as a chocolate topping.

If you have Caramels try it with Brie, Raclette or even with a Bleu cheese for more exotic taste.

For more fantastic ideas of pairings cheese and chocolate together check out our Cheese and sweets – together at last!

Bon appétit! And Happy New Year!

Festive Wine & Cheese Christmas Party Pairings

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

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The holidays are almost here. That means it’s the season of holiday parties! People everywhere are decorating their houses, planning their winter vacations and most importantly coming up with the most delicious and festive recipes for seasonal gatherings!

Why not to add a wine and cheese tasting element to your party? All you need is some of your favorite cheeses and wines and you will delight your guests with fantastic and flavorful pairings.

Here’s several pairing suggestions to get you started:

Port wines are are a perfect counter point to salty cheeses like Roquefort

Pink rosé wines pair well with full-flavored blue cheeses

Sweet wines make a delicious pairing with Brie as well as hard cheese like Etorki or Fol Epi

Sparkling wine is great with creamy cheeses like Brie and Camembert

White wines are perfect with rich and smooth Goat Cheese

Check out our full archive of wine and cheese pairing tips!

Have a Happy Holidays!

Cheese & potatoes are an easy and flavorful match!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

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Potatoes are a common food all over the world and in all sorts of cuisines. They make perfect pairings with almost everything: meat, mushrooms, vegetables, sauces and more. Even simple pairings like herbs and baked potatoes make for fabulous flavor.

So it’s no surprise that potatoes are fantastic with cheese also!

From simple boiled potatoes to colorful salads or pies, potatoes and cheese are a fantastic pair. Take for example this zesty Warm & Zesty Grilled Potato Salad with Saint Albray. The Saint Albray undoubtedly goes wonderfully with the hearty grilled potato flavor and texture.

For more fantastic ways to enjoy cheese and potatoes together check out our Cheesy Potato Goodness page.

By the way, what’s your favorite cheesy potato recipe?

Late Fall is the Perfect Time for Hot Drinks and Flavorful Cheese

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

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It’s fair to say that not so long ago when people thought of cheese and beverage pairings they thought only of wine or beer.

But today things have changed! People all over the world eat cheese with all sorts of different foods and beverages.

Take cheese and coffee, for example. While they may not seem like a natural pair, they have a lot in common. Both are often described by the region they are made as well as their body, aroma and flavor. So combining coffee with different kinds of cheese is always an adventure.

Here is just one of the huge variety of possible combinations. It’s especially perfect for fall evenings – French coffee with flavorful Ile de France Goat Cheese.

There’s all kinds of ways to serve a hot coffee cocktail with cheese. Mix, for instance coffee with Grand Marnier. This hot French cocktail will provide the perfect palette buffer for the crisp tang of the goat cheese.

Enjoy this great pairing and learn more about possible gourmet cheese and drink combination on our website!

Fruit and Cheese Summer Indulgence

Friday, July 15th, 2011

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The week was hot and the weekend will be even hotter!

Refresh yourself with the combination of summer fruits and gourmet cheese!

Summer-friendly cheeses bring out the natural sweetness of summer fruits such as melons and peaches. Berries are the perfect “summer dress” for a wedge of cool, creamy Ile de France Brie. Fresh or tossed with sugar until syrupy – serve your choice of ripe strawberries, blueberries and raspberries over the Brie for a sweet snack or a dessert. Make sure to use only a thin slice of cheese so as not to overwhelm the taste of the fruit.

For more fruit and cheese pairings check out our Fruit, Cheese and Wine and our Cheese and Grape suggestions.

A Cheesy Summer

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

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When days are hot, it is time for light, refreshing and simple meals! French cheeses can be enjoyed in many ways with summer snacks.

Picnic is a classic activity for nice weather. There are basically two rules for a great picnic. Have the right food and have the right gear. Cheese is just the perfect picnic snack because it is easy to prepare, pack and eat. Check out our Picnic Guide for more information.

Ice Cream and cheese is a surprisingly delicious combination. It will be the hit of your summer party and makes your guests talking for sure. Create a mild dessert by pairing brie or camembert with a vanilla or coffee ice cream. We’ve collected some Ice Cream and Cheese Pairing tips for your special gourmet indulgence.

Of course, when it comes to summer food a BBQ can’t be left out. Outdoor grilling is one of the best parts of the summer. Add gourmet flare to your barbecue by combining it with your favorite cheeses. Here are some great Grilling Ideas with gourmet cheese.

Salads make the perfect dish for either lunch or dinner because they are fresh, crunchy and light! Also, your body needs more energy on hot days and salads help to meet your daily nutrition needs. Salads with French Cheese can be made all sorts of ways. Check out our Salad Recipes.

Facile and flavorful – Dips are perfect for summer snacks. And the right cheese can make any dip recipe pop with flavor. Doing so will make dipping bread and veggies a totally gourmet experience! Bake a wheel of brie cheese in its rind until it begins to melt – then remove and surround with veggies, fruits and breads. Dipping cold veggies and fruit into warm brie cheese is an exquisite and satisfying way to snack this summer.

Iced Drinks on Hot Summer Days

Friday, July 8th, 2011

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Summer is the perfect time to invite friends over and hang out in gardens, on rooftops or balconies. But what are you drinking? Beer, Wine, Cider? Well, all of them are perfect on summer nights, but none of them is more refreshing than an iced drink on a hot day.

The best thing is that a variety of iced drinks go perfect with some of your favorite cheeses.

Check out our Iced Drink Summer Guide as well as our Cocktail & Cheese Pairing Tips for a refreshing balance of flavors and aromas.