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Cocktails & Cohiba

Do you want to up your style game? Or maybe you are just a fan of hedonism. Either way, fine cocktails and cigars are a hedonistic dreamland. The potent flavours of smoke and spirit, in combination, can create a truly unique taste experience. Reaching taste nirvana is not as simple as lighting a cigar and sipping something potent, the Cocktails & Cohiba session will show you the proper way.

There is a growing international trend in the area of specialty cigar lounges that cater to a sophisticated clientele. Pairing drinks with cigars has always focussed on strong spirits, like scotch and cognac, though scientifically there are better choices. Cocktails are a great way to produce a flavour that pairs well with a cigar.

Delicia Silva the "Cigar Vixen" will expertly guide attendees on the basics of cigar appreciation. Much like fine spirits, there are parallels in the production of cigars that align with the creations of spirits and cocktails. Delicia will demonstrate the rituals of cigar culture while Darcy O'Neil will explain the scientific reasons why certain cocktails and spirits pair better with cigars.

This session is for anyone who wants to elevate their enjoyment of cigars and cocktails.

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Cocktails & Cohiba

  1. 1. COCKTAILS & COHIBA   Presented by   Delicia Silva   Darcy O’Neil  
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION  
  3. 3. WHY COCKTAILS & CIGARS • Cigars have entered another trend cycle and smoking properly will maximize your enjoyment • Limited information about drink pairing with cigars • Help you understand the current smoking laws and how they apply to bars/restaurants • The delirious effects and delights of being a rebel
  4. 4. FAMOUS SMOKERS
  5. 5. GEORGE BURNS *  George  smoked  El  Producto  Queens  cigars.
  6. 6. MARK TWAIN
  7. 7. SIGMUND FREUD
  8. 8. FIDEL CASTRO
  9. 9. WINSTON CHURCHILL
  10. 10. LUCILLE BALL
  11. 11. TRENDS
  12. 12. GETTING THINGS RIGHT
  13. 13. SCIENCE • Dogma states that cigars are best enjoyed with strong spirits like scotch and cognac. Is this true? • What does science have to say about this?
  14. 14. A WORD ON HEALTH • Long-term, repeated exposure to tobacco smoke will have a negative effect on your health. • Long-term, repeated exposure to alcohol will have a negative effect on your health. • Do not inhale cigar smoke, just taste it. • Drink responsibly. • Everything in moderation, including moderation.
  15. 15. THE RUSTY NAIL 1.5 oz Blended Scotch Whisky 0.5 oz Drambuie Combine the Scotch and Drambuie in a double Old-Fashioned glass, add lots of ice, and stir.
  16. 16. CIGAR BASICS   By Delicia “Cigar Vixen” Silva  
  17. 17. CIGAR HISTORY  
  18. 18. CURRENT LAWS  
  19. 19. CIGAR ETIQUETTE  
  20. 20. CIGAR COMPONENTS  
  21. 21. LIGHTING A CIGAR   Avoid oils or Sulphur type matches  
  22. 22. ENJOYING  
  23. 23. COCKTAIL PAIRING   By Darcy O’Neil  
  24. 24. RULE #1   If you like a pairing, continue to enjoy it. Be not swayed by the opinions of others.    
  25. 25. MODERN COCKTAIL No.2 1 ounce Blended Scotch Whisky 2 ounces Sloe Gin 1 dash Orange Bitters 1 dash Absinthe 1 dash Grenadine Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until well chilled, about 20 to 30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
  26. 26. CURRENT BELIEFS • Strongly flavoured spirits, like scotch, are appropriate
  27. 27. SCIENCE SAYS… • Current beliefs are only partially correct • Smoking seriously degrades our ability to taste • Though that inability to taste does not reduce hedonistic response to things like sugar and fat.
  28. 28. SMOKING RESEARCH? • There was a significant amount of research done by major cigarette companies to enhance the smoking experience. • Much of this research was done on taste and sensory perception • This research can be applied to cocktail and cigar pairings
  29. 29. SCIENCE SAYS… • “…significantly more smokers than nonsmokers preferred the higher sucrose concentrations” • “…long-term exposure (i.e., being a smoker) may produce chronically decreased taste hedonics without altering perception.”
  30. 30. SENSORY PERCEPTION • The role of sensory perception in the development and targeting of tobacco products
  31. 31. GOOD OR BAD PAIRINGS   See RULE #1      
  32. 32. GOOD OR BAD PAIRINGS   PINA COLADA  
  33. 33. GOOD OR BAD PAIRINGS   OLD FASHIONED  
  34. 34. GOOD OR BAD PAIRINGS   MANHATTAN  
  35. 35. GOOD OR BAD PAIRINGS   FRUITY BERRY MARTINI  
  36. 36. GOOD OR BAD PAIRINGS   MAI TAI  
  37. 37. GOOD OR BAD PAIRINGS   PORT OR MADEIRA  
  38. 38. GOOD OR BAD PAIRINGS   ISLAY SCOTCH  
  39. 39. QUESTIONS?  
  40. 40. THANK YOU! Thanks to the CAPS and Tales of the Cocktail

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