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.
2 dashes bitters
1 ounce sweet vermouth
2 1/2 ounces bourbon
1 maraschino cherry
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.
1 1/2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
4 bing cherries, pitted
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.
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.