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BCP Pairing Sessions #7: Summer Edition – Sweet, Sweet Baccarat

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BCP Pairing Sessions: #7: Summer Edition – Sweet, Sweet Baccarat

Beverage: Hefeweizen

Cigar: Sweet and Mild Connecticuts

Eats: Honey Garlic Glazed Grilled Shrimp

Why it Works: Sweet and Tangy is the theme here, and as we enter the dog-days of the season, you’ll want to keep this pairing handy for those times when you feel like it’s too hot out to eat. When that honey, garlic glaze meets the better end of the aromatic Hefeweizen’s slightly citric splash, it could be as hot as the sun out, as long as you can catch some shade before you cut these Connecticuts for a post-meal smoke, you’ll be able to withstand any heatwave that may come.

 

Recommended Sweet and Mild Connecticuts:

Baccarat

Honduras

W: Jamastran Connecticut

B: Mexican

F: Habano

 

Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne

Nicaragua

W: Connecticut Champagne

B: Nicaragua

F: Nicaragua

 

Alec Bradley American Classic

Honduras

W: Honduran Connecticut Shade

B: Honduras, Nicaragua

F: Honduras, Nicaragua

 

Honey Garlic Glazed Grilled Shrimp Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon hoisin sauce

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon pepper

skewers

large sealable bag

 

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, olive oil, honey, hoisin, balsamic vinegar, garlic and pepper together to create marinade.
  2. Pour the shrimp and half the marinade into the sealable bag. Shake and shimmy to ensure shrimp is thoroughly coated.
  3. Place the shrimp and remaining marinade in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  4. Pre-heat grill to medium-high heat. After 1 hour of marinating, slide several shrimp onto each skewer and place on grill. Cook until pink throughout, 3-4 minutes per side.
  5. Pour remaining marinade into a small saucepan and set over medium-high heat.
  6. Bring marinade to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook till it has thickened to a glaze. (~5 minutes)
  7. Remove shrimp from grill and brush with glaze.
  8. Serve immediately.

Kick it up a notch: Don’t be scared to add some broccoli, sliced onions or pineapple squares to those skewers and make these Honey Garlic Glazed Grilled Shrimp Kebobs sing.