What are that best drinks to accompany a cigar? Many would advise that you select a beverage depending on the type of cigar that you are smoking. Whether it be a Bolivar, Hoyo de Monterey, Montecristo, Partigas, Rafael Gonzales or other, you need to get the balance of flavors right with whatever you’re drinking. Some cigars just don’t go that well with some drinks; experiment a bit and find a combination that works for you.
Besides the traditional drink choices of cognac (or brandy), scotch and rum, one can choose from wine, port, mixed drinks, whiskey, coffee, fruit drinks and even beer (besides what you may have heard).
COGNAC: Probably the #1 choice of cigar smokers. Try any of the French Cognacs, sweet and refreshing with vanilla tones. For the aficionados a ‘Grande Champagne’ Cognac such as a ‘Reserve des Dieux’ is a supreme choice. The crisp, clean flavor of a cognac keeps the palette alive and goes nicely with the smooth, spicy flavors of a hand-rolled cigar.
SCOTCH: A perfect libation with a cigar, scotch won’t be overpowered by even the strongest Cubans and can be drunk at any time of the day. Try the single batch, small barrel varieties for best results.
RUM: Jamaican, Barbados, Demerara, Cuban/Latin varieties, there are so many to choose from! As cigars and rums tend to come from a similar geographical area they often complement each other. Steer away from the cheaper varieties as the after-taste can be quite repulsive when smoking a cigar.
WINE: A glass of Cabernet Sauvignon or a Syrah, Grenache. Some say that a red wine (like a Marlot) will complement the taste of a cigar better than any of the white varieties but personal discretion is advised.
PORT: The woody characteristics blend well with the taste of many cigars. The sweet notes of a Spanish sherry may be the perfect complement when smoking.
MIXED DRINKS: Anything from martinis (e.g. black, bone dry, chocolate, midori, texas etc) to cocktails of many types. Jim Bean rye, Tootsie Roll, Velvet Hammer, Jack Manhattan, Margarita, Singapore Sling or even a Cock Sucker (real name) – Baileys and buttershots with ice.
COFFEE: A surprising choice for many but the strong, complex flavor of a freshly made espresso really fits in well with the taste of a cigar.
BEER: Try a stout, Irish ale or a Corona Limona Guinness. Strong flavors complement strong cigars; even a barley wine may be a good choice.
NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS: Coca-Cola on ice, it works for some. Fruit juices and even plain old water may just do the trick as the perfect combination with some cigar types.
When finding the perfect drink to marry with a cigar keep in mind that the acidity of some cigars are best balanced with the sweetness of alcohol as they cut through the taste and tend to harmonize the whole experience. Try different combinations to find a choice that works for you.
REFERRED TO WEBSITES:
- How To Pair Cigars And Drinks – General Cigar
- Herbal Diuretics
- Best Cigar Pairings with Beer & Alcohol Drinks | JR Blending Room