Artisan Rye Whiskey, Ginger, Apple, Star Anise Cocktail Pairing with Louisiana Cheese Plate for Superbowl

I’ve decided this year instead of doing a wine or beer pairing for Superbowl my drink of choice for the day will be a tasty infused whiskey based drink.This spicy sweet exotic drink will pair well with most Asian or Thai foods, smoked salmon or a Southern style pulled pork.
In honor of all the Saints fans I suggest checking out Chef John Folse’s Bittersweet Plantation Louisiana cheeses (available at Whole Foods), adding some Vermont aged cheddar, honey spice glazed pecans and some hearty brown breads for a great game day pairing! You can add an apricot/orange marmalade along with a few whole grain mustard’s, sliced cured ham and local honey to vary the flavors and combinations.

I’ve used Tuthilltown rye whiskey for my version but you can substitute any good whisky if it’s not available in your area. Enjoy and have a great game day!

Artisan Whiskey Ginger Cocktail
1/2 lb fresh ginger, peeled
6 allspice berries
2 whole star anise
1/2 cup apple juice
1 c sugar
1 bottle Tuthilltown Rye Whiskey
Soda water

Grate ginger using a coarse grater. In a large saucepan, combine 8 cups cold water with ginger, allspice, and star anise. Bring to a boil, lower heat and cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in apple juice and sugar and continue heating till all sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve into a pitcher and refrigerate until well chilled. To serve, pour over ice,using a combination of 2/3 ginger mixture and 1/3 soda water. Add 1 oz whiskey for each 8 oz serving. Garnish with cherry and orange

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