Southern Ash has teamed up with Kent Walker Artisan Cheese and Loblolly Creamery for a Valentine’s Day spectacular! I had the honor of helping to design some beer and wine cocktails to pair with Kent Walker Cheeses and Loblolly desserts! In case you were wondering, no compensation was involved – I was happy to help out my friends!
One problem, though, is that I was so busy making these drinks that I didn’t get good pictures of them! My sincerest condolences, but this post will be updated with pictures in the next week!
ETA – Pictures are now added! Enjoy!
Improved Prosecco Cocktail
Paired With: Garlic Montasio and crostini with Sidney & Son bread and Bonta Toscana sauce
Okay, I admit that this was a drink I had already written up and designed, but when I was thinking through the flavors of KWAC’s Garlic Montasio cheese, the combinations in the Improved Prosecco Cocktail jumped to mind. This drink has a combination of herbal and sweet elements, without being too sweet, that highlight the garlic flavor and creamy texture of the Garlic Montasio.
Click through to the previous post to find the recipe.
Nectar & Ambrosia
Paired With: Feta, Olympia Provisions Pistachio Pate and House of Webster Pickles.
The KWAC Feta has a lot of beautiful briny flavor and that distinct Feta texture that comes apart as you eat it. I wanted to highlight the brine with some subtle flavors that balanced a little sweetness, bitterness, and citrusy tang. This highball was designed using both wine and beer looking specifically to a Greek name with Nectar & Ambrosia as the food and drink of Greek gods on Olympus. Albarino is a beautiful white wine that is described with a lot of citrus, grapefruit in particular, notes in the flavor as well as a tangy backbone, similar to a sauvignon blanc. The Lost 40 Love Honey Boch is a balanced drink with a little sweetness from the honey while having a subtle hoppy bitterness which pairs together well when married by the grapefruit bitters.
- 3oz Albarino or other crisp white wine
- 3oz. Lost 40 Love Honey Boch
- 2-3 Dashes Grapefruit Bitters
- Grapefruit slice to garnish
- In an ice filled tumbler glass, add the wine and beer.
- Add 2-3 dashes of Grapefruit bitters.
- Stir briefly
Paired with Habanero Cheddar and Loblolly Creamery Lava Cake
Pairing a strong flavor like the Habanero Cheddar cheese required strong flavors. Stones Throw Brewing has a Shamus Stout available that is an Oatmeal stout with a lot of rich flavors and chocolate undertones, as befitting a good stout beer. I added a little sweetness and some heat using spiced chocolate bitters to play up the chocolate in the beer with the chocolate of Loblolly’s cake and the spice and heat to tie into the Cheddar. While there are plenty of spicy products out there, the fact that there are spiced chocolate bitters on the market means this is an easy cocktail to put together at home.
- .5oz Spiced Chocolate Simple Syrup
- 5-6oz Stones Throw Brewing Shamus Stout
- Build the drink in a tumbler or old fashioned glass.
- Stir briefly
- Garnish with optional dark chocolate shavings
Spiced Chocolate Simple Syrup
Makes 1 1/2 Cups
- 8oz Water
- 8oz Sugar
- 3oz (90ml) Spiced Chocolate Bitters, like Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters
- 1oz (30ml) Vodka (Optional)
- Bring sugar and water to a boil
- Let boil 4-5 minutes
- Remove from heat and stir in the bitters
- Let cool and bottle, adding the optional vodka to extend refrigerated life from one week to one month.
Paired with Ophelia and Loblolly Double Vanilla Ice Cream sundae with Sherry syrup and Brandied Cherries
This is a Manhattan variation using Tempranillo wine instead of whiskey. The Tempranillo wine has a lot of spice and flavor, though is often seen as lacking in body- making it ideal for blending, or in this case, mixing. Sweet vermouth is a sweetened and fortified wine that has a lot of, well sweetness, and body providing elements the wine on its own lacks. The Black Walnut bitters are a secret weapon because they add that complexity from bitters but with an added flavor that isn’t always immediately identifiable. One noticeable digression from standard cocktail mixing practices here is to use less ice when mixing because we don’t want the Cordoba to be chilled completely like a liquor based cocktail. Loblolly provided a dessert complete with Brandied Cherries and a cherry brandy syrup at the event, but I recommend adding a brandied cherry of your own if enjoying this at home. The Ophelia’s complex flavor profile and the sweetness of the sundae matched beautifully with the Cordoba and the traditional cherry garnish was the cherries on the sundae.
- In a mixing tin with 3-4 ice cubes, combine the first three ingredients.
- Stir until well mixed, about 20 seconds
- Strain into a chilled wine glass or cocktail glass
- Add the optional garnish