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Are You Pairing It Right?

By Janvi Punjabi

Imagine a beautiful evening with your friends and loved ones, some good alcohol and you. Wait, what? Drinks and no accompaniments along with it? That’s such a bad state to be.
If you do not have the appropriate side dish along with your drink, let me tell you, it is going to be quite dampening. To make sure your next alcohol party doesn’t become a dull party we have gathered all the right accompaniments in this blog.

It does not matter how expensive a drink you are drinking, or how many beers you chug-if you do not have great food to go along with your booze, it is pretty much a miserable experience. Whether it is as cheap as a packet of chips for 10 rupees or as expensive as a platter of Afghani chicken, these are some essential drink accompaniments that people love with their drinks.

Chocolates

Chocolate and whisky really compliment each other. Instead of opting for milk chocolates which are generally full of sugar, opt for a good quality dark chocolate. Experiment with chocolates and their recipes here, mix and match till you find the perfect mix for your spirit.
In this case, dark orange-flavoured chocolate is a really good choice to experiment with Scotch, as the citrus note in Scotch enhances the orange flavour of the chocolate. Plain dark chocolates go well with strong whiskies. Milk chocolates, plain or with a hint of ginger or chilli, works well with rye whiskies. Salted hazelnut chocolates go well with Single malt Scotch whisky. Whereas America’s favourite bourbon goes well with almost all kinds of chocolates.

Cheese


Whisky and cheese share so much in common. Both are aged and both come in a variety of different flavours. This is the reason why cheese pairs well with Whisky. Aged cheddar goes well with Whiskies having a smoky flavour. While strong blue cheese goes well with spicer Whiskies. Soft cheese such as brie or goat cheese goes well with light fragrant whiskies with a touch of sweetness. Cheese and whisky do make a really great combination, full of life and is super tasty.

Dried Fruits and Nuts

You can never go wrong with dried fruits and nuts. Just be a little innovative to mix and match them right. Although you need to be careful while mixing the flavours, it is a bar-side classic. If you are hosting a card night at your house, or just a snack to accompany your nightly drink, dried fruits and nuts are the perfect grabbable pairing. When mixing so many different foods, you have to walk a delicate flavour balance. If you have a lot of salty nuts, you should complement your mixture with light, sweet fruits.
While adding your whisky pairing, look for something robust. Similarly, if you have a lot of sweeter nuts, like pistachios, you should look for a strong peaty whisky.

Meatloaves

Meatloaf goes well with strong peaty whiskies. The high alcohol content and spiciness of full-bodied whiskies, like a flavorful single malt whisky or rye whisky, go well with rich, fatty dishes like meatloaf. Healthy meatloaf served with barbecue sauce goes well with strong whiskies.

Smoked Salmons

Smoked Salmon marries well with whiskies with high rye content. The smokey flavour of the Salmon gives the bourbon a spicy fruity taste. These two flavours compliment each other really well.

Apple Crumble or Apple pie


This dessert goes amazingly well with light fragrant whiskies having a touch of sweetness. It can be served with American whiskeys such as bourbon and whiskies having high rye content. This comforting, sweet dessert pairs very well with light, fragrant whiskies. When finding the perfect bottle to pair with your pie, you should look for drinks with a dark caramel flavour. That sweetness complements the rich, cinnamon filling.
If apple pie has too much crust for your taste, you can enjoy a whisky with an apple crumble instead. Add a sweet side of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate dessert. Many people create their bourbon-caramel sauce on the side, which amplifies the whisky pairing. The caramel flavours in the bourbon complement the apple pie exceptionally well.

Create Your Own Pairing

Your favourite food-whisky pairing will depend on your prefered flavour profiles. However, when creating your own pairing there are a few key ingredients to keep in mind.
Just like any great dish, you should always strive to hit the four main tastes: salt, fat, acid, and heat. If you have a salty, fatty dinner, it will best pair with a spicy, fruity whisky. Similarly, if you are having a sweet dessert or fruit-filled dinner, you should pair it with a dark, rich drink.

Best Place to Order From

Urban Platter is your one-stop destination for all these needs. Offering the widest range of products, Urban Platter will help you get the right pairs for all the different types of drinks, making your drinks and alcohol better. Urban Platter was founded 5 years ago to deliver and assure “simply good food” to all its consumers who wanted a more personal connection with what they eat. They source everyday kitchen essentials and select gourmet edibles from across the globe, bringing the world to your kitchen. Urban Platter will always make it easy and better for you.

The idea of pairing whiskey with food has become popular, and when whiskey has been used for cooking for ages, why not have them on the dinner table. Consider the fact that the food and drink have to complement each other. One taste should not dominate the other. Also, it would be best if you had the whiskey slowly and not have the alcohol burn feel as you eat. So, beginners can always make cocktails rather than drinking them straight and neat. You need to explore a little by trying out different combos and find the one that suits you the best.

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