An Honorable Guide To Oysters

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It’s no secret that knowing what to drink with your food makes dinner that much more enjoyable. As summer is coming along, Oysters will be the go-to appetizer on an outdoor terrace. So to enjoy these delicious critters, DUEL has come up with our Honorable Guide to Oysters.

ABSINTHE

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Vieux Pontarlier Absinthe

The production of absinthe is much like that of gin: High-proof neutral spirit is infused with a blend of botanicals, including wormwood, and redistilled. Traditionally, the alcohol is infused a second time before bottling to intensify the flavor and create the signature green color. Many modern producers skip this final step and use dyes instead.

 

How to drink Absinthe
The traditional preparation is to slowly drip water over a sugar cube and into the spirit, which becomes cloudy (this is called the louche). You can also use small quantities of absinthe (a few dashes, a rinse or a quarter-ounce) to add a floral, bittersweet quality to just about any cocktail.

Few Drink Ideas: Sazerac, a Corpse Reviver #2 and a Death in the Afternoon.

Recommended Brand:Vieux Pontarlier Absinthe

Masison Premier in Brooklyn offers up a pretty solid Absinthe Menu.  Take a look here.

RUM

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Don Panchos Origenes

The combination of Rum and Oysters go hand in hand.  Rum lovers around the world owe a great debt to a simple plant: sugar cane. Hundreds of years ago, there was a sugar craze in Europe, and colonies were established around the Caribbean to make the sweet commodity. But the production of sugar creates a lot of byproduct—namely, molasses. There wasn’t much use for the thick, sticky, sweet substance until it was discovered that molasses could be fermented and then distilled. The alcohol quickly became popular with pirates, sailors and America’s founders.  Since the creation of Rum, it has been the go-to drink with Oysters.How To Drink Rum 
While rum can be sipped on the rocks, some prefer it with a splash of water or soda.  Here at Duel we like Rum neat or chilled (Bottle in the freezer for a little while does the trick).

Few Drink Ideas: Mojito, the Piña Colada, the Dark ‘n Stormy, the Daiquiri and the Mai Tai, not to mention the simple Rum and Coke.

Recommended Brand:Don Pancho Origenes 18

Ortanique in Miami offers up a great menu of Rum’s.  Take a look here.

STOUT BEER

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Great Lakes Blackout Stout

The obvious choice is oyster stout, but a great stout beer will pair up nicely with cold oysters.  Something about the darkness flavor profiles of stout go hand-in-hand with the unique natural oyster flavors that makes it that much more enjoyable.

How To Drink Stout Beer
COLD.  The colder the stout, the better. You can be fancy, but we recommend in our Scott Fricke Chicago Glasses.

Recommended Brand:  Great Lakes Blackout Stout

 

With these three types of drinks, you cannot go wrong with your pairing.  Now find a place in your city with dollar oysters and enjoy!

~Duel Drinkware

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