- DRINK PAIRINGS -
Spring cleaning has arrived! And by “cleaning” we mean drinking!!! Doesn’t everybody? We’re toasting to one year of quarantine this month. And with that comes three tried and true ways of embracing change and adapting to new things. And by that...we mean drinking.
Let’s start from the top!
I thought about blowing your mind with originality for this season’s cocktail. But I think we can all agree we’ve met our quota of originality for years to come - thank you 2020. So, what better way to celebrate a year into quarantine than with the Classic Mojito? If you still crave that taste of originality, have no worries, I’ve added a couple of ways to give this cocktail an adventurous little twist. Between the lime, sugar, and mint, the Classic Mojito is delightfully refreshing. Recipe below.
What screams springtime more than rosé?! A pinot noir rosé, of course! She’s a quintessential drinkable wine that will have you wondering why you don’t drink it all year. Flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and even apple and peaches will dance on your tongue. When shopping for a pinot noir rosé, look for a lighter pink color with a higher abv, around 12-14%.
Our favorite pinot noir rosé is from Pfalz, Germany: Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé. She’s grown sweeter vintage after vintage, and I'm here for it. It’s the sort of sweetness that grapes give wine, not the thick syrupy sweetness that shocks the taste buds.
If you want to get a little bougie - and who doesn’t - try Vins-Lelièvre Gris de Toul Rosé. This is my current addiction so, what I’m saying is...you’ve been warned.
And when you’re ready for a smooth drinking beer, there’s always Delirium Tremens.8.5% abv. Brewed in Belgium. Tastes like vacation. It’s a slightly effervescent brew with the ideal Belgian balance of malt and hops, sweet and bitter. My obsession with Belgian beer began with this beverage, and it’s still in my top ten. It’s a strong one, but again, we’re a year in this thing and I think we’ve earned it.
Cheers from your Beverage Bestie!
The Classic Mojito
3 mint leaves
1/2 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces white rum
3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
Club soda, to top
Garnish: mint leaf
Garnish: lime wheel
Lightly muddle the mint with the simple syrup in a shaker.
Add the rum, lime juice, and ice, and give it a brief shake.
Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice.
Top with the club soda.
Garnish with a mint leaf and lime wheel.
Twist Number One: Mandarine or Tangerine Twist
This one is easy. Squeeze a mandarine or tangerine and add the juice to your drinkable concoction.
Twist Number Two: Blueberry Twist
Substitute the simple syrup for dark brown sugar.
Take some blueberries and muddle them with the mint leaves and the sugar.
Add to the mix.
BOOM CHICKA BOOM. You’ve got yourself an evening on the back porch watching the sunset. And soon enough, we’ll be able to sip these concoctions together.