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Five Winter Weather Cocktails
Cocktails offer unique, sophisticated options that pair well with all meals. Be sure to choose cocktails with a lower alcohol content so they don’t overpower subtle food flavors. Never assume similar ingredients in cocktails and food pair well together and experiment with flavors from the same region. If you embody advanced culinary skills, consider how the herbs and spices in some dishes may compliment the cocktail’s garnishes and fruits. Novices may be more comfortable starting with traditional cocktails that include wine, beer, or cider flavors. An excellent place to pair cocktails and food is at Otis & Henry’s® Bar and Grill or at The Lone Wolf Express® in Lady Luck Casino® Nemacolin. We recommend you start with these pairings:
1. MADE TO ORDER CLASSIC SANGRIA
3 ounces red wine
1 ½ ounces pineapple juice
¾ ounce Cognac
2 orange slices plus more for garnish
2 lime slices plus more for garnish
2 lemon slices plus more for garnish
2-3 ounces soda water or lemon-lime soda water
Combine all of the ingredients except the soda in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds.
Pour into a glass filled with ice.
Top with soda or lemon-lime soda water and garnish with additional fruit slices.
Pair with our crab cakes. Jumbo lump, imperial sauce and remoulade. Includes your choice of soup of the day or side salad plus your choice of two sides. $19.99* (Otis & Henry’s)
2. CAPE COD
2 parts vodka
3 parts cranberry juice
1 wheel of lime
Fill a chilled highball glass with ice cubes.
Add all the ingredients.
Garnish with lime.
Pair with our NY Strip Steak. House made garlic butter and onion ring garnish. Make it Pittsburgh-style with Cajun seasoning and a blue cheese topping for an additional $2*. $26.99* (Otis & Henry’s)
3. NY SOUR
2 ounces rye whiskey or bourbon
¾ ounce simple syrup
1 ounce lemon juice
1 egg white (optional)
½ ounce red wine.
Add all the ingredients except the wine to a shaker.
Shake well and strain right into a rocks glass filled with ice.
Carefully pour wine over the back of a spoon so it floats on top of the drink.
Pair with our Cheeseburger. Made with Swiss, American, bleu or cheddar cheese. Served on a brioche roll with lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. Includes your choice of fries or onion rings. $11.99* (The Lone Wolf Express)
4. THE PRESBYTERIAN
2 ounces whiskey or bourbon
2 ounces club soda
2 ounces ginger ale
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Fill a highball glass with ice.
Add all the ingredients.
Stir and serve.
Pair with our Chili Con Carne. $3.99/cup or $4.99/bowl* (Otis & Henry’s and The Lone Wolf)
5. FRENCH 75
2 ounces gin
1 teaspoon fine sugar
5 ounces Brut champagne
Shake all the ingredients with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker.
Strain into a Collins glass half full of cracked ice.
Top off with champagne.
Pair with our Stuffed Shells. Ricotta stuffed shells, Italian sausage, peppers, marinara and mozzarella cheese. Served with your choice of soup or side salad and bread. $12.99* (Otis & Henry’s)
* Tax and gratuity not included.
The new frontier of pairing cocktails with food is gaining popularity. Mixologists are creating drinks that take on flavors you’d normally associate with food including herbs, brine, and peppers. The goal is an expansion of cocktails that match the intensity of flavors and the correct presence of sugar and alcohol content. If you want to jazz up your next meal, skip the wine list and consider a cocktail!
Our restaurants, Otis & Henry’s Bar and Grill and The Lone Wolf
Express, we will create any cocktail you desire to enhance the flavor of your delicious meals. While you’re at Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin, don’t forget to enjoy red hot gaming action, exciting giveaways and quality live entertainment.