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London’s food and beverage scene has exploded over the past few years. Now home to two distilleries, 10 breweries, food markets and countless restaurants featuring global cuisines - London has become a destination for foodies, cocktail connoisseurs and amateur Cicerones alike.
In this series, I’ll explore offerings from breweries, distilleries, even a cidery, and suggest food pairings to match with each brew and cocktail. I’ll take you through dinner courses from Happy Hour to Dessert and even if you aren’t a foodie now, you’ll be able to fool your family and friends when you whip up these combinations at your next gathering, date night or physically-distanced festivity.
On the menu today - Happy Hour!
A Happy Hour or Cocktail Hour is typically known to be a period of time prior to dinner where alcoholic beverages are the centre of attention. London boasts two distilleries, Paradigm and Union 10 where you can imbibe of whiskey, vodka and gin. To round out this course, serve up hors d’oeuvres - bite sized delicacies, finger foods and platters. If you or your guests are like me, you’ll enjoy this time so much you’ll find it hard to move into the dinner hour!
Featuring: Union Ten’s OEV Gin
Pair With: Asian style foods such as Thai
Try: Mongolian Maki, Avo Moon Shine or ‘Foon Satay from the Shareables menu at Thaifoon Restaurant
Featuring: Paradigm Latitude 42 Vodka
Pair With: Charcuterie, deviled eggs, or tapas
Try: The Cheese and Preserves or Charcuterie Board Platters from London Wine Bar
Featuring: Paradigm First Edition Whisky
Winter Spiced Maple Syrup Recipe: Add 125mL Water and 125mL Maple Syrup into a sauce pan. Add two cinnamon sticks, two star anise pods and a tablespoon of whole allspice to the pan. Heat on medium until maple syrup is combined with water. Remove from heat and pour into a heatproof container and allow to cool in your fridge overnight to infuse all the flavors of the spices into the syrup. Strain mixtures over a sieve to remove spices. Store in the fridge. Will hold for two weeks.
Pair With: Charcuterie, spiced nuts, tapas or popcorn
Try: White’s Gourmet Popcorn inside The Market at Western Fair District
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a cocktail!
Next week we’ll dive into appetizers… I’m hungry already.
Until then, cheers!
Disclaimer: This content is for people of legal drinking age only following the Province of Ontario liquor laws. Please do not share with those who aren’t. Enjoy responsibly.