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Is it safe to consume alcohol while eating raw oysters?

I do this about once a month and can confirm that it's more than safe, it's delicious. In fact during the 19th century half of London lived on porter and oysters! I'd recommend oyster stouts, London ...
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Baileys chocolate mousse - an alternative liqueur

I'm not a massive fan of Bailey's myself, but do love a chocolate mousse. Since unless you're going way overboard with the alcohol, you're not really going to disrupt the mousse and make it soupy, you ...
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Bugs and what to drink with them

When pairing dishes and drinks, you shall first ask yourself what kind of pairing you seek. Reinforcing pairing, aim to emphasis the tastes of either food or beverage, or both. A Jura oxydized wine ...
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What can be substituted for whiskey with Haggis?

Personally, I have never had haggis, but pairing it with wine is not all that uncommon. Some even pair it with beer as can be seen here, but I would go with a sweet fruity red wine. Pairing wine with ...
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What dishes pair well with black wine?

Saperavi is a Teinturier type grape, which usually means red skins and red flesh. I have grown two of these types of grapes. Dunkelfelder and Agria and they both are used to make deep red wines that ...
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Why do some people put olives in their beer?

Why do some people put olives in their beer? Apart from the obvious reason, because they can, they seems to be couple of reasons for this. Some individuals actually enjoy doing it. Olives are paired ...
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Recommendation for a Sasquatch Day barbecue?

A beer that should be relatively easy to find across the United States (and hopefully Canada!) would be Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Ale. Certainly on target but likely much harder to find outside of ...
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An alternative to Vodka to pair with caviar

Your main criterion, especially if you are serving sturgeon caviar, should be something to freshen the palate without leaving a strong aftertaste. A brut champagne goes exceptionally well. If ...
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Is it safe to consume alcohol while eating raw oysters?

You are confusing the issue with alcohol and raw oysters. Alcoholism can lead to liver damage which can predispose folks towards a dangerous Vibrio infection. So folks with liver damage (including ...
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What cocktail could be paired with French cheese?

My favorite French cheese is Roquefort and is often served with nuts and honey in France. I would like to recommend an Appletini with Roquefort along with the most authentic French bread you are able ...
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What pairs well with green wine?

Obviously this is a matter of opinion, but I shall try and answer anyway. Personally, I got to know Vinho Verde from spending a lot of time in Portugal on holiday. It's a perfect wine for sunny ...
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What alcohol to pair with roast goose?

Thought I would add my own answer to this fine list of excellent answers. Goose is, of course, stronger-flavoured than turkey - more like game but - crucially - quite a bit fattier which makes it ...
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An alternative to Vodka to pair with caviar

Caviar has a delicate flavor, and it shouldn’t compete with another ingredient, which could overwhelm it which would include either food or drink. Being a non fan of either vodka or champagne, I ...
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What cocktail could be paired with French cheese?

Since you mention sheep cheese and dark fruit, I'll address that type of pairing. You want a cocktail that reflects the item you pair with the cheese. Start with the Luxardo cherry in a Manhattan (...
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What cocktail could be paired with French cheese?

Please allow me to make a second recommendation for you. This one I have not tried, but I have had the Soup au Vin with strawberries and it was absolutely great. For a twist on this blackberry wine ...
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An alternative to sherry in trifle

Alchermes could be a good hint, in Italy is used as an ingredient in Zuppa inglese, a particular derivation of trifle ...as you are trying to do. Just a reminder, I don't think it is really good to ...
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Shrove Tuesday - what alcohol can I serve with my pancakes?

If you wanted to stick with the Lenten theme and wanted to stay traditional and you lived in Munich Germany and you were a monk working at a monastery, you would be drinking Doppelbock beer. I'm not a ...
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What pairs well with fig wine?

I don't know the taste of fig wine, but I do love figs, both fresh and dried, so I'm thinking it's along the lines of fruit cake (not a fave), minus the rum or brandy, but with it's own alcoholic ...
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Commemorative wines for a particular movie?

If I am completely off the track here, tell me and I will delete my answer - but I will have a bash at this. I found some information Here, at decanter.com. Wine films There are several well-...
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Commemorative wines for a particular movie?

Wine and movie pairing, although not a very popular item these days, some people seem to be into it. Here are a few examples, for what they are worth. Silence of the Lambs (1991) can be paired with ...
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What wines pair well with vegetarian dishes?

I was brought up in the fashion that one served red wine with beef and white wine with most fish dishes. But vegetarian dishes are something all together. Vegetarian Dish Pairing White Wines ...
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Pairing sweet wine with dessert

When sommeliers do pairings, it's (almost) always based on experience in having tasted both the wine and the food, as the goal of a pairing is primarily sensory: tastes, smells, mouth-feel, etc. I'm ...
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Is it appropriate to request a bottle of wine at the table upon arrival at a dinner reservation?

Is it appropriate to request a bottle of wine at the table upon arrival at a dinner reservation? Absolutely, but make sure your guest would be comfortable with your intended instructions to the ...
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Is it appropriate to request a bottle of wine at the table upon arrival at a dinner reservation?

I think the restaurant will be fine with it (hospitality staff are used to dealing with far more unusual requests than this); the question is really what your date will think, which is perhaps more of ...
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I'm looking for a wine recommendation to pair with to serve with carne asadas?

What wine would pair well with carne asadas? Let us start by explaining what carne asadas is: Carne asada is grilled and sliced beef, usually chuck steak (known as Diezmillo in Spanish), though skirt ...
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Shrove Tuesday - what alcohol can I serve with my pancakes?

Some people might like wine with their pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Seeing that Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent, please allow me to make two recommendations. My first recommendation would be ...
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What cocktail could be paired with French cheese?

Manhattan with Brie. Dirty Martini with Brie. sounds delish.
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What food pairs well with an IPA?

Be mindful of the variety of IPA on the US market -- the average New England IPA is a different beast than the average west coast IPA. I'll call out a few excerpts from the serious eats article Andrew ...
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What cocktail could be paired with French cheese?

In France one would expect a good red wine with the cheese. Maybe you can go that route with a red wine based cocktail. I don't have a proven recipe at hand but a quick google showed up with lots of ...
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What can be substituted for whiskey with Haggis?

I don't know much about wine, but you can't go wrong with a beer. Wee Heavy: This style of beer is Scottish through and through. It's malty and slightly sweet, with a high alcohol content that will ...
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