When it comes to pairing cheese with drinks, the first that comes to mind is wine. Wine is a great drink to have with cheese if you like wine, but not everyone does. That is why it becomes a necessity to look for other drinks that can make sense when you want to have a cheese tasting party or get together or you just want to spend some time at home tasting some of the best cheeses out there. Here are some of the best suggestions.
You do not have to have wine as the only alcoholic drink that can be served with cheese. Beers can make a great drink depending on what cheeses you are looking to have. Cheddar for example goes great with the average beer, but there are so many beer flavors now that you can choose from that will also help. Porters and bitter beer goes great with Cheshire and Cheddars while Belgian ales can be paired with Comte, Beaufort and Gruyere. Sweet and strong beers can be paired with washed-rind monster. There are enough beers in the market to choose from and they make amazing pairing choices for a lot of cheese.
For those who do not like the taste of beer, but still want alcoholic options there are several cocktails that will do the job. The good news is that it is not that difficult to pair cocktails with cheese as long as you know the flavors. If you have a rich alpine or blue cheese then try a Manhattan or something similar. Richer flavored cheeses can go really great with a dry martini a la James Bond. Sweeter and frozen cocktails are a bit more difficult to pair so try to stick to the cocktails that you already know.
Non Alcoholic Mixes
It is also possible to pair your cheese with non-alcoholic drinks or mixes. Club soda is a good base for mixing non-alcoholic drinks and there are several options. You can mix club soda with lemon and elder flower syrup. Adjust the amount of lemons so that it matches the cheeses that you want to taste. This mix looks a little classier than others and it is extremely easy to make.
The pairing that you choose all depends on the cheese that you are going to taste. If you have Spanish style cheeses then one good option would be to have a margarita on the side. Though the margarita is considered a cocktail it deserves its own category because it goes well with most Spanish style options. Grab your mixer and get the margaritas going; after a few of them the people you are serving them to will forget all about wine pairings.