Best Food Pairings for Your Favorite Spirits

Monday, December 9, 2019 | 7:28 pm

L-R: Classic Daiquiri, Gin Gimlet, Classic Manhattan, Vieux Carre

Your favorite spirit is more enjoyable if you pair it with the right fare. Alcohol blends well with specific foods. The pairings bring out the best in each other. Of course, you can choose any dish to go with rum or whiskey, but some foods go better with a particular drink. Here are our recommendations:

For Rum and Rum-based Drinks
Rum goes well with baby back ribs or with most pork dish enriched in flavorful sauce. For something lighter, sip your rum with a cheese plate or cheesy appetizers. Rum-based drinks include Daiquiri, Piña Colada, Spiked Blackberry Lemonade, and Dark and Stormy.

For Gin and Gin-based Drinks
You’ll find gin more delightful when paired with something fried, salads, and seafood. Consider pairing this with smoked salmon, shrimp dumplings, cucumber sandwich with avocado, blueberry cheesecake (surprise!), Gin-based drinks include Gin Martini, Gin Gimlet, Negroni, and Tom Collins.

For Whisky and Whisky-based Drinks
Whiskey comes alive with deep-fried chicken wings, grilled shrimp, sauteed scallops, and glazed meatballs. Whiskey-based drinks include Classic Manhattan, The Revolver, Irish Coffee, Peach Whiskey Iced Tea, and Irish Mule.

For Brandy and Brandy-based Drinks
Relish the classic brandy with sweet delectables like Creme Brulee, chocolate-covered bacon, and cheese balls. Brandy-based drinks include Brandy Cobbler, Vieux Carre, and B&B.

Stark Spirit, an award-winning liquor company in Pasadena, offers a tour and wine tasting in their micro-distillery. Greg and Karen Stark, a husband and wife team, grew their wine-making hobby into a successful business venture. The couple operates the business like artisans brewing masterpieces in wooden barrels.

Their micro-distillery is enclosed in less than 1200 square feet of space that produces local well-loved spirits – Skyline Gin, Single Malt Whiskey, California Gold Rum, Traditional Aquavit, and Sunshine Orange Brandy.

You can schedule a tour and wine tasting through their website. Your favorite food pairings would undoubtedly blend well with any of the Stark Spirits brands. Now, taste it before you buy it.

Stark Spirits is located at 1260 Lincoln Ave Suite 1100, Pasadena. Telephone Number: (626) 798-1377. Visit their website for more information at







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