Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are

Cheese and Cocktails: An Unlikely Pairing Success Story

by Jen Killius on Jun 24, 2013 in Liquor
Cheese and Cocktails: An Unlikely Pairing Success Story

Wine and cheese has long been an iconic pairing, and recently beer and cheese tastings and dinners have come into vogue. However, thanks to the recently published Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese book, we discovered that cocktails and cheese can complement each other just as well, if not better.

Walking into the original Di Bruno Bros. cheese cave in the heart of Philadelphia's Italian Market is like entering Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Scents of cheese, freshly-sliced prosciutto and briny olives waft over you as grey-haired ladies with carts nudge you out of the way. Locals and tourists alike flock to Di Bruno’s for their vast selection of specialty cured meats, olives, and cheeses (for example, see the scene in the The Layover where Anthony Bourdain stops at Di Bruno’s and is giddy as a schoolgirl to have found Stichelton, a rare, unpasteurized version of Stilton blue cheese).

It was there that professor and author Tenaya Darlington — aka Madame Fromage — began her cheese education, which she now chronicles through her ultrapopular blog. In collaboration with the Di Bruno’s cheesemongers, she penned the “Guide to Wedges, Recipes and Pairings.” The “cookbook” gives readers a crash course in unusual cheeses, and is full of suggestions for things like themed cheese boards and how to host a cheese party. That’s where the cocktails come in.

To test out the liquor-cheese connection, I chose five easy drinks using a range of booze from Philadelphia Distilling and challenged Di Bruno’s cheesemonger Rocco Rainone to pair cheese creations with each cocktail. Click through to see what matchups we came up with, and don’t miss the drink recipes at the end.

All photos by Jen Killius

Recent Articles
spacer
Home Bar Project Below Features

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Dogfish Inn Expands Its Beercation Reach With All-INNclusive Experience

Dogfish Inn Expands Its Beercation Reach With All-INNclusive Experience

The All-INNclusive Dogfish Experience is the perfect way to make the most of your beercation. ...read more ›

by Erica Bauwens Jul 27, 2015
Soak up the Sun at These Late Summer Food and Drink Festivals

Soak up the Sun at These Late Summer Food and Drink Festivals

Summer isn't over yet! Get out there and enjoy these great late summer food and drink festivals....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Jul 23, 2015
What Does the Firestone Walker Acquisition Mean for Craft Beer Fans?

What Does the Firestone Walker Acquisition Mean for Craft Beer Fans?

Firestone Walker made an announcement late last week that they had been "invested in" by Duvel Moortgat. But w...read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Jul 20, 2015
SPONSORED
Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are
Tickets to the 2015 Great American Beer Festival on Sale July 29

Tickets to the 2015 Great American Beer Festival on Sale July 29

The GABF has sold out in well under and hour for the past six years. Tickets to this year's event go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, July ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jul 17, 2015
What's Cooking in the DMV: Local Distilleries to Visit This Weekend

What's Cooking in the DMV: Local Distilleries to Visit This Weekend

If you're looking to raise a glass of local spirits, check out one (or more) of these distilleries in the DMV....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Jul 17, 2015
Summer Six Pack: Six Refreshing Beers You Need to Try This Summer

Summer Six Pack: Six Refreshing Beers You Need to Try This Summer

Grab some of these refreshing brews for your next beach trip or cookout....read more ›

by Swabreen Bakr Jul 15, 2015
Music Festival Attendees' Urine is Getting Transformed into Beer in Denmark

Music Festival Attendees' Urine is Getting Transformed into Beer in Denmark

Urine from the Danish Roskilde Festival is being used to fertilize barley which will be turned into beer in a ...read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Jul 14, 2015
Where to Grab a Pint and a Pie in DC

Where to Grab a Pint and a Pie in DC

There's no other pairing like pizza and beer. Here's where to grab some great pies and super pints....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Jul 9, 2015
Best Washington, D.C. Brunch Drink Specials

Best Washington, D.C. Brunch Drink Specials

Whether you're trying to get the best of a hangover or simply celebrating the weekend with a bout of day drinking, these bars with breakfast sipping s...read more ›

by Drink DC Feb 10, 2014
Bugs Bunny Would Love What's on Tap at This Australian Brewery

Bugs Bunny Would Love What's on Tap at This Australian Brewery

Craft brewery teams up with local farmer to brew a carrot beer and help raise awareness of local produce....read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Jul 9, 2015
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close