- DRINK PAIRINGS -
- Fall 2020 -
Fall is right around the corner - I know, hard to believe since yesterday was March - but here at MKE Charcuterie we're always preparing for the new season! In celebration of the cooler weather, shorter days, and cozy knit sweaters, we took one for the team and tried out a few new drinks for you.
Introducing the Pear Manhattan. This cocktail is a delicious twist on a traditional Manhattan that we cannot get enough of! Blame it on the spiced pear liqueur - it's autumn in a glass! And nothing goes better with autumn than a warm Wisconsin evening on the back porch, a classy cocktail, and a box of fancy cheese. Recipe below.
Of course, wine and cheese go together like, well, wine and cheese! Our latest grape obsession is with the totally pronounceable Nerello Mascalese! Don’t try and say it until after glass number two. By then you’ll be fluent in all things Sicilian. This wine pairs excellently with crisp autumn mornings as it holds notes of cinnamon, wild strawberries, sweet cherries, dried desert herbs, and earthy tones. It’s a medium weight wine and holds up to most cheeses as it has the perfect bite of tannins on its smooth finish.
Beer more your thing? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. And surprise surprise! Our seasonal choice is…drum roll please…Oktoberfest!! Amber-colored, utterly drinkable, and oh so tasty. Our favorites to pair with charcuterie are:
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest – each year, Sierra Nevada brings a different German brewery stateside to help them with their seasonal Festbier. Crisp. German hops. Floral. Fruity.
Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest Amber Märzen – a legally proper Oktoberfest made in Munich. Toasty bread crust. Rich malts. Easy to sip.
Half Acre Lager Town – a little hoppier and a little more local. Brewed in Chicago. Available year-round. Floral. Toasty. Bittersweet.
Not sure about you but we think tonight’s menu should start now. Enjoy.
Cheers from your Beverage Bestie!
1 1/2 oz High West Double Rye
3/4 oz St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur
3/4 oz Cardamaro
5 drops Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters
Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
For additional wine pairings check out SIP MKE!!