I recently got wind of a weekly bourbon and chocolate pairing event at the iconic Mayflower Hotel in my hometown of D.C. I was intrigued, not so much because of the alcohol, but because there was chocolate involved and the setting was sure to be full of pomp and some circumstance.
In the event, I was surprised to see less pomp and much more circumstance: Men, lots of men, great food, and a whiskey master talking about the process and its recent surge into popularity. I went mostly to see how chocolate pairs with the manly drink. I’m not certain I would have put those two together, but then again, I don’t drink whiskey.
But after a valuable display of four different bourbons, aged from 10-25 years, and a tray of petits fours, my taste-tester and bona fide spirits aficionado—a manly man—confirmed that the two work together. (I noshed on chocolate while he sipped on the liquor.)
So I left wondering how amazing it would be to treat the fathers in your life to an unexpected combination of fine chocolate and bourbon, either together for a decadent experience, or separately for a stand-out moment with each. Individually, both bourbon and chocolate are considered great gifts of affection.
Here are 7 surefire delectable cocktails, chocolate desserts, or fancy dishes incorporating one or the other. Whichever route you go, dads will thank you for your thoughtfulness, and will end their day with a satisfied palate!
Whiskey Smash Cocktail. A citrus and herbal cocktail. This will serve him right.
Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream. Ice cream never failed anyone. Neither will this wildly saturated vanilla version.
Chocolate Turron (Nougat). Introduce him to a typical Spanish treat with this delightful candy. Package it up on pretty masculine paper.
Nectarine Bourbon Cocktail. Men too, can enjoy fruity cocktails. The bourbon will keep him in check.
Bourbon-Macerated Peach Focaccia Pizza. For his savory needs, this pizza will rock his boat. And yours too while you’re making it.
Bourbon Vanilla Extract. This belongs in all your drinks and desserts. At least anything you make for this weekend.
Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding. Because life is always better with bread pudding for dessert. Especially if it’s made with a sultry dark chocolate.
Bren is a Latin-fusion private chef and avid world traveler, always looking for the next best adventure. As a writer, she documents her own food experiences with her camera and notepad and then shares on her blog, Flanboyant Eats. You can also check out her lifestyle and fashion expertise on her blog B So Chic!