Cocktails & Appetizers: Seafood Pairings with Bulleit Whiskey

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In preparation forRittenhouse Row Festival preview party(where I’ll be hosting the cocktail competition), it was a pleasure to visit a few of my favorite restaurants in Philly to pair Bulleit Whiskey (Rye & Bourbon) cocktails with my favorite seafood appetizers. As an avid whiskey drinker, I’d never thought to pair seafood appetizers with whiskey cocktails. But, it was my mission to find the right balance to make the combinations even more delicious.

Photos by Saeed Ferguson of AllCapstudios


Bulleit Rye Whiskey Old-Fashion + Tuna Tartar


 

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It’s been at least 10 years since I’ve become a huge tuna tartar fan. My first experience with the raw tuna dish was mind-blowing because there was a small, raw quail egg perched on top. It was at that moment when I learned what true culinary decadence was really about. 

In the same note, my love for whiskey came about in the same time frame after a two-hour tasting right here in Philly. So, this pairing of tuna tartar and an old-fashion is steep in nostalgia for me. 

Why I love this pairing

Traditionally, an old-fashion is made with bourbon, which has an oaky finish. Making the switch to rye, the flavour profile is packed with spices that complement the clean, yet, savory flavour of the tuna tartar.

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Good Night & Good Luck + Oysters 


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With a name like Good Night & Good Luck, you know that this cocktail packs a punch. Similar to the make-up of an old-fashion, the “GNGL” has deep flavors that are almost as rich as a meal by itself. Now, my go-to appetizer, especially during the warm weather months are oysters and surprisingly pairing them with the GNGL cocktails is near perfect.

Why I love this pairing

These oyster have a clean, yet, briny finish and when paired with the citrus & peaty flavors of thisBulleit Ryewhiskey cocktail — flavor madness is the result. The surprise ingredients — carpano antica & a mist of laphroiag.

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Bulleit Whiskey x Men's Style Pro


Bourbon Mint Julep + Crab Cake 


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Lastly, you can’t beat a classic combo of a rich jumbo lump crab cake and a mint julep. Once the mint julep hits the menu, derby season and the summer months are just ahead. 

Why I love this pairing

Let’s talk about a savory crab cake! Geez. With a perfectly crusted top and fresh sprouts, when paired with an even fresher mint julep that has a slight maple finish from theBulleit Bourbonwhiskey — you’ll finally understand what happiness tastes like. 

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Bulleit Whiskey x Men's Style Pro

Bulleit Whiskey x Men's Style Pro

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Sabir M Peele

Founder & Creative Director

Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM

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