Cheese and chocolate are wonderful pairings with more than just wine. The pure fruit flavors in some craft cocktails can lend themselves to pair perfectly with salty cheeses and sweets.
I love the combination of fresh chevre and white chocolate, and with the addition of a berry jam it is a pairing that has been a favorite with guests on more than one occasion. This slightly more posh spin on that includes the elegant French beauty Bucheron, a bloomy rind goat cheese hailing from the Loire Valley, and a local white chocolate from Nunu, a Brooklyn based craft chocolatier. Bringing a sweet, tart and bubbly cocktail into the mix elevates this combo to the next level, pure delicious perfection. On it’s own or as a finish to a sweethearts meal it’s a winner.
The delightful flavors in this beach plum gin based drink are the perfect accompaniment to this spectacular marriage of cocktail, cheese and chocolate! Try it with your favorite friend or lover for Valentine’s Day, you’ll be sure to surprise them with your knowledge of culinary synchronicity!
The Scarlet Vixen
2 ounces Greenhook Ginsmiths Beach Plum Gin Liqueur
1/2 ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1/2 ounce Dolin Dry Vermouth
2 dashes Bittermens Burlesque Bitters
Juice of one medium lemon
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Build above ingredients over ice in shaker and mix vigorously. Pour into chilled glass and top with 2 ounces of dry bubbly rose.
Val de Mer Sparkling Rose, France (or your favorite dry Rose Sparkling)
Garnish with fresh mint sprig and fresh raspberries. Enjoy!