POPSUGAR Food

An Inside Look at Plymouth and Spruce's Cocktail Pairing Dinner

Apr 27 2010 - 1:27pm

Cheers!

Before we sat down to dinner, we enjoyed cocktails. Here, I'm sipping a Last Word [1] with the lovely Amy Sherman of Cooking With Amy [2].

The Menu

A special menu was printed out with the details of each of the five courses and cocktails listed.

Isn't the garnish the most beautiful one you've ever seen?

First Course

The Violet Beauregarde was a mixture of gin, violette liqueur, blueberry, lemongrass syrup, lemon, and bitter lemon soda. It was absolutely wonderful and if I'm feeling daring, I may try to re-create it at home.

First Course

The Beauregarde was served alongside a perfectly dressed soft herb salad with coriander-crusted sheep's milk cheese. It was light and delicious.

Second Course

With its peach liqueur, peach bitters, and Moscato d'Asti, the Black Friars Fizz was similar to a classic bellini.

Second Course

This vibrant green parsley soup with fried black trumpet mushrooms and a poached egg was to die for. I enjoyed every bite! The freshness of the soup paired wonderfully with the sweet peach cocktail.

Third Course

The most potent of the cocktails, the P2, was sort of like an orange gin martini.

Third Course

This melt-in-your-mouth halibut, which was poached in gin, was flaky, delicate, and flavorful.

Fourth Course

The Autumn and Dawn gets its deep color from fig shrub and Cabernet. Maple provided a sweetness, while lemon gave it freshness.

Fourth Course

By the fourth course, I was starting to feel full, but this lamb trio — with roasted Spring lamb and lamb belly — was too amazing to pass up.

Fifth Course

The Spiced Apple Milk Punch was a refreshing way to end the meal. Thanks to the interesting combination of coconut milk and sake, It was not heavy like other dessert drinks.

Fifth Course

The season's first blushing berries were featured in the dessert — an exotic-tasting cardamom panna [3] cotta with hibiscus and pink peppercorn consomme.


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