Restaurant beverage programs are getting more diverse and specific, and home entertainers are following suit, throwing parties to explore new spirits such as whiskey, craft beer and an array of creative cocktails. Curious palates are also looking for new food pairings: bold, on-trend flavors that complement these potent potables.
Single-bite dishes allow entertainers to explore complex flavors from around the world, matching similar flavor profiles to paired beverages—or strikingly different ones to draw contrast. Bitter, sweet and tart flavors work well, as well as a dose of salt to keep guests reaching for their beverages, a tactic from classic bar snacks that works just as well at home. So, mix up a micro-distilled rye Old Fashioned and let these recipe ideas guide your new-fashioned cocktail party.
SOME OF OUR FAVORITE PAIRINGS
HAMA HAMA OYSTER
GREEN, GRASSY FLAVORS UNITE THESE INGREDIENTS
THE SAUCE WILL HIGHLIGHT THE VANILLA IN IN THE OAKY WHISKEY
dry red wine
THE TANNINS IN THE WINE WILL CUT THROUGH THE SWEETNESS AND COMPLEMENT THE MILDLY NUTTY SESAME