The weather’s turning colder and your family gatherings are just around the corner. It’s time to begin planning what you’ll eat and drink, and after the year we’ve had, you’ll want to keep your menu plan simple and full of comforting food and drink. A stiff drink or two is definitely in order.
Nothing fits those requirements quite like classic brandy cocktails paired with cheeses. You’ll keep the food prep to a minimum, allowing you to focus on keeping your family and friends’ glasses full. We teamed up with our friends at Copper & Kings American Brandy and Wisconsin Cheese to recommend some perfect pairings for the holidays.
The Crowd Pleaser: Milk Punch & Fresh Mozzarella on Toasted Baguette
This recipe for Milk Punch comes from Benjamin Franklin, so it’s a classic. You can make a batch ahead of time, which will make hosting easy. A fresh mozzarella will allow the lemon flavor of the punch stand out without overpowering the palate. Toast up slices of buttery baguette to hold the cheese, which makes the perfect finger food for guests.
The Feel Good: Brandy Alexander & Gouda
Go classic and serve a pairing that will make your guests feel warm and fuzzy inside. The classic Brandy Alexander, made with Crème de Cacao and nutmeg, has subtle chocolate notes that will compliment the creamy, caramel undertones of gouda. If cold temperatures are in the forecast, you can’t go wrong by serving this cocktail and cheese.
The Center of Attention: Sazerac & Blue Cheese
This is a pairing for lovers of bold flavor match ups. Welcome your family and friends with a simple cheese spread of blues (and/or gorgonzolas) to make snacking easy – that way the focus can be on the conversation. Since sazerac is a straightforward recipe, mixing and refilling everyone’s glasses won’t hinder you from joining in on the action (of course, you can always batch the cocktail to make things extra easy).