I was sitting here thinking what to pick up at the liquor after work for my weekend festivities and realized that I have yet to do a blog post on cigar and liquor pairings. You could easily ruin a good cigar with a bad pairing, at least in my opinion you can. That is unless you are already drunk and it doesn’t really matter what you’re smoking. A good rule of thumb is that if the drink is full bodied, the cigar should be as well. However that’s not a rule you have to abide by. If you find yourself smoking a full bodied cigar with a lighter liquor and you love it, then stick with it!
I’m a big vodka fan. There’s nothing quite like an extra dirty vodka martini after a long day. Since vodka is a clear, lighter liquor, we think that the mild Macanudo Café Hyde Park cigars are a perfect fit. These creamy, mellow cigars use fine, double aged Dominican tobaccos and a silky Connecticut shade-grown wrapper. Whether you’re sipping on a dirty martini or a vodka and tonic, the Hyde Park Cafe line by Macanudo are an excellent pairing!
Heavier liquors such as bourbon, scotch and whiskey are the go to drink when smoking cigars. The smoky flavors you pick up in these types of spirits go hand in hand with the robust flavors of a great cigar. A fuller cigar like Padrons or CAO Brazilia, are a great choice. Brazilia is a fuller bodied offering from CAO with a dark and spicy wrapper and a long, earthy finish. Classic Padrons are hefty Nicaraguan smokes that are offered in either a sun-grown natural or maduro wrapper.
Smoking a delicious cigar with a rich, hardy beer is another great pairing. There’s something about that cooling effect a great beer has when you’re puffing on a cigar. Hopz cigars are the perfect cigar for the beer lover. These stogies are made with Centennial hops and wrapped in a Cameroon wrapper. You’ll get the piney flavors and bitter characteristics found in a good American IPA.
What do you like to smoke while sipping on your favorite cocktail?