where beer and wine are the only alcoholic beverages that are available to complement your meal. The rising trend of craft and boutique spirits, coupled with a more liquor-sophisticated clientele, has evolved the dining experience to allow cocktails to be an equal hero in a meal and not the forgotten sidekick. Red meat no longer has to be accompanied with red wine nor seafood with white wine, what about pairing a Whiskey Old Fashioned with your steak or a classic Gin Sidecar with your grilled prawns dish?! There are no concrete rules to follow when pairing cocktails with your menu - you just have to let your taste buds guide you through the process. A couple of tips to help you along the journey: Identifying a dish’s biggest flavour allows you to base the cocktail around it, contrasting this flavour. Remember the key word is ‘pairing’, the food and drink have to work well together not overpower or clash. Avoid pairing a sweet dessert with a sweet cocktail. Instead, target a specific flavour in the dessert to highlight. Temperature plays a simple yet important role. A drink that cools the palate pairs perfectly with a hot, spicy meal. Considering the weight and texture of the drink is critical. Be mindful not to pair a light, refreshing cocktail with a heavy steak nor a powerfully alcoholic cocktail with a light meal. Advertise your chosen pairs on the menu, you have designed them to go together so they should be sold together.
Sour pairs well with sweet and bitter but not with salty. Sweet pairs well with bitter and sour but not with salty. Bitter pairs well with salty, sweet and sour. Salty pairs well with bitter but not with sour or sweet.
DULCE DE TEQUILA
The Kamikaze is an iconic drink in the bar. It's one of the best-known vodka ‘Martinis’ and offers a sour/sweet taste, lending itself to pair well with sweet and bitter menu items.
The Negroni is a classic Italian cocktail with a balance of sweet and bitter to be the ultimate drink to pair with foods that are salty, sweet and sour.
A sweet and delicious drink, the Dulce De Tequila very appropriately means ‘tequila candy,’ perfect for pairing with bitter and sour meals.
Dulce De Tequila
15ml Cognac 170410 Comte Joseph VS Cognac 30ml Tequila 15ml Cointreau 10ml Lime Juice 1 tbsp Agave Nectar Sugar (for glass rim), Lemon Wedge, Mint
1. Rim a coupĂŠ glass with sugar 2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour in ingredients 3. Shake well 4. Strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge and mint
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30ml Vodka 180600 Beluga Nobel Vodka 30ml Cointreau 30ml Lime Juice Lime Section
1. Fill a Boston glass with ice 2. Add the ingredients 3. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass 4. Garnish with a slice of lime
Sour Bitter Sweet Lamb Empanada 191174 Classic Meats Lamb Mince 1kg
Duck & Radicchio San Choy Bau 191180 Classic Meats Pork Mince 1kg 135542 Luv-A-Duck Duck Breast Fillet 1kg
87019 Caterers’ Choice Crushed Garlic 1kg
157901 Akari Premium Soy Sauce 1.8L
Carrot, Cucumber, Honey, Mint, Orange, Puffed Rice.
81480 Caterers’ Choice Bulk Medium Eggs 15 Dozen
Spiced Dark Chocolate Tart
Coriander, Onion, White Potato.
Szechaun Pepper Squid
173370 Seafrost Super Tender Raw Squid Rings 1kg
8966 Ingham’s Chicken Devil Wing Dings 1kg
193368 Birch & Waite Green Goddess 1L
186670 Jeffersons Blue Cheese Squeeze Sauce 1L
164146 Cornish Natural Sea Salt 150g 189362 Caterers’ Choice Pure Lemon Juice 1L Chili Powder, Corn Flour, Plain Flour, Szechuan Peppercorns.
12428 Cadbury Dark Chocolate Tuscany Buttons 5kg
66815 Western Star Unsalted Butter 1.5kg
87154 Anchor Culinary Cooking Cream 1L
Chil Gin Nutm
Pissaladiere 2122 Pampas Puff Pastry Sheets 1kg 164144 Kalós Kalamata Olives 2kg 81480 Caterers’ Choice Bulk Medium Eggs 15 Dozen 59060 Alfina’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil 4L Anchovies, Brown Onion, Sherry Vinegar, Thyme.
Cheese Fries 120949 McCain 7mm Shoestring Fries 5 x 3kg 188178 Jeffersons Smoky Pulled Beef Brisket 1kg 8695 Mainland Shredded Egmont Cheese 2kg
186779 Jeffersons Liquid Cheese Sauce 2kg 164146 Cornish Natural Sea Salt 150g
Fish & Chips 192174 I&J Fish IN Chips 1kg 80599 Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise 2.4L
480 Caterers’ Choice k Medium Eggs 15 Dozen
39 Caterers’ Choice in Flour 10kg
li Powder, Cinnamon, nger, Hazelnuts, meg, Orange.
Steak Sandwich 189973 Bounty Premium Beef Cube Roll YP MSA Grain Fed 1kg 5501 Mainland Swiss Cheese Slices 1kg 115122 MasterFoods Whole Grain Mustard 375g
155949 Birch & Waite Italian Truffle Mayonnaise 1L 189103 McCain Sweet Potato Cross Trax Chips 6 x 1.3kg Garlic, Rocket.
Spicy Sliders 170770 QBA Milk Bun Sliders 100 x 45g
152334 Birch & Waite Tomato Relish 2.4kg
187398 Jeffersons Pulled Beef Pastrami 1kg
66815 Western Star Unsalted Butter 1.5kg
5501 Mainland Swiss Cheese Slices 1kg
189105 McCain Edge Cut Craft Seasoning Chips 2kg
127628 Birch & Waite Garlic Aioli Mayonnaise 10kg
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Gone are the days where beer and wine are the only alcoholic beverages that are available to complement your meal. The rising trend of craft...