- DRINK PAIRINGS -
All this dreary weather and quarantine getting to you yet? Fear no more! Between chilling at home, cocktails, and Christmas movies, we’re thriving over here at MKE Charcuterie. Forget the fires and blankets this season, we have all the alcohol ideas you’ll need to stay warm.
First up is a godsend of a boozy cocktail – the Rum & Smoke. No, it’s not a hot beverage, but it is smoking. Literally.
Rum is the ultimate winter liquor. Mix it with sherry for extra warmth, a little bitters, and a house-made smoked-rosemary simple syrup, and you’ll be toasty all season long. Top it all off with a flamed rosemary sprig and let it sizzle. When we made this, we immediately made a round two, and some of us (me, it was me) had a round three. It’s the holidays in a glass. Goes superbly with whipped cheeses, bougie jams, and dark chocolate. Recipe below.
Second is our go-to winter grape - Nebbiolo. Born in Piedmont, Italy, this wine grape smells of roses and red fruit. It’s acidic, leathery, and gripping with tannins and earthy flavor. It hits the back of the mouth with cherry, coffee, and anise. Nebbiolo pairs well with most food, making her ideal for all things charcuterie! If you prefer a gentler wine, we recommend a Shiraz for something a little smoother.
Third is our beer style of choice – a stout. It was a close call between Scotch ales and stouts, but the variability in stouts and the infusing of seasonal herbs and spices won out. Here is our list of picks to pair with your favorite MKE box.
Guinness – as traditional as you can get, it’s a dark Irish stout with a recipe dating back to 1759.
Milk Stout by Left Hand Brewing – this beer is what paved the way for my love of craft brews, milk sugar in your stout, creamy, robust, classic.
Brewers Reserve Bourbon Pecan Kringle Stout by Central Waters Brewing Co – 12.3% abv, a classic Wisconsin pastry inside a classic style of beer, caramel, chocolate, barley, heaven.
Maple Barrel Stout by Central Waters Brewing Co – 10.2% abv, a collaboration between Central waters and B&E Trees, an imperial stout that’s hard to beat.
Belgian Chocolate Toffee Stout by Octopi Brewing – rich and decadent with all the toffee flavor you could possibly request.
Now pour that beverage, grab a chunky knit blanket, and curl up by the fire Ron Swanson-style with all the meat, cheese, and chocolate your heart deserves.
Cheers from your Beverage Bestie!
Rum & Smoke
1 1/2 oz Aged rum
3/4 oz Oloroso sherry
1/4 oz Tempus Fugit Gran Classico bitter liqueur
1 barspoon Smoked-rosemary simple syrup*
Garnish: Flamed rosemary sprig
In a mixing glass, add all ingredients with ice and stir until chilled.
Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
Garnish with a flamed rosemary sprig.
Cover with a glass dome and let sit for 1-2 minutes, or until the cocktail is well smoked, before drinking.
Smoked-rosemary simple syrup:
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 1⁄2 cup sugar, 1⁄2 cup water and zest from 1 orange and stir until just under boil. Remove from heat. With a kitchen torch or lighter, flame one rosemary sprig until it begins to smoke on all sides. Drop smoking sprig into saucepan and let steep, covered, for 20 minutes. Strain out solids and store in refrigerator up to one week.
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