Idea of setting - small slightly sophisticated but not pretentious (we hope) tapas bar open after last call. A wind-down spot after a late night out.
Thanks anybody for their help.
I too have been looking for pairings. I am a sober alcoholic that used to love fine wine pairings but unfortunatley those days are over.
I have been using Pelagrino flavored drinksand some sparking flavored waters but have not found anything to compare. Maybe we need to create something.
Food Nut, for the past year I have really been into Shrubs, also known as drinking vinegars. Contrary to what people think its not like drinking pickle juice. They are simple to make and very trendy right now you can find a lot of recipes for them. There are both quick methods and longer methods for making them. I prefer the longer methods as I find it mellows the vinegar more. You will definitely want to use better quality vinegars-not the cheapest ones you can find. That being said, a good cider vinegar, or wine vinegar are your best bets for making them. Once I make the shrub syrups I either use them in cocktails, or use them for great non-alcoholic drinks. For that purpose I mix approximately 1 oz. of shrub syrup with 4-6 oz. of soda water. It makes a very refreshing, "grown up" soda that isn't nearly as sweet as regular soda. You do get somewhat of a vinegar flavor, but you'd be surprised how much the vinegar flavor mellows, leaving behind a great tart flavor. I usually take about 3-7 days to make my shrubs then let them mellow, in the fridge, for a week or 2 before drinking them.