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3 Sakes To Give Your Oysters An Umami Flavor Boost

When thinking of what drinks to pair with seafood, like oysters, sake is something you should keep at the top of your mind. The natural umami present within sake and oysters don’t just pair with each other: they mesh and enhance each other, meaning you get more umami from the two combined than either individually.

This is because sake and seafood contain different types of umami compounds. Umami compounds are substances found naturally in food that trigger tastebuds to register the savory taste umami has in our brains. Sake has a compound called glutamic acid, while oysters contain another called inosinic acid. When combined, they are shown to have a synergistic effect that enhances umami.

A recent joint study between JFOODO and Japanese company AISSY looked at these pairings by quantifying umami as an “umami score” across multiple types of beverages. White wine is a typical beverage to pair with seafood, but based on these umami scores, sake results in a larger increase in umami. According to a press release, when paired with raw oysters, white wine only increased the umami score by 0.13 points, while pairing the oysters with sake increased the umami score by 0.41 points. This signifies a larger enhancement of umami in our mouths when we drink sake with seafood over white wine.

Foodbeast and food Instagrammer @ashyi recently got to experience this new type of pairing style firsthand. She met up with sake sommelier Bryan West at Shuck Oyster Bar in Costa Mesa, California to try some different sakes meant to pair perfectly with oysters.

The three sakes West recommended are as follows:

Born:Gold Junmai Daiginjo, Katoukichibee Shouten

This gold tinted sake is cold-aged for about a year, lending to some light and sweet undertones that cut through the briny, salty flavors oysters contain while still packing a savory punch. 

Suigei Junmai Ginjo Koiku No. 54, Suigei Brewing

Suigei Brewing’s Koiku No. 54 is made with Gin-no Yume rice, which is locally produced in the same region the brewery is located in. It’s a semi-dry, light sake with citrusy notes, yet still retains a strong umami flavor that pairs with and enhances an oyster’s taste.

Mutsu Hassen ISARIBI Special Junmai, Hachinohe Shuzo

“Isaribi” is the name given to a fire meant to lure fish at night. It’s a fitting name for this rich, dry sake, which was crafted to pair well with all types of seafood, including oysters.

Each of the above sakes has unique flavor profiles and qualities, but all contain that glutamic acid that provides the umami synergy with oysters. Together, that creates a mouthwatering flavor combo that you can’t get with just either alone.

A unique yet optimal way to combine the two umami sensations is through something called a “sake drop,” where some of the sake paired with a meal is spooned on top of the oyster. It’s then all eaten at once to enjoy the enhanced umami synergy.

You can try doing a sake drop at Shuck Oyster Bar, who is serving a special oyster dish alongside the Isaribi sake as part of the Unlock Your Palate campaign by JFOODO. It will be served alongside Oysters on the half shell topped with caviar, micro greens, yuzu spritz, and a dash of Fresno chili sauce. This pairing will be available at Shuck starting December 1st, and may end when the stock of sake runs out. Otherwise, it will run through the entire month.

To learn more about the sakes and how they go with oysters, check out the full video at the top of this story. You can also learn more about the pairing, and other restaurants featuring it, through JFOODO’s website, or by following the hashtags #UnlockYourPalate and #SeafoodAndSake.

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Guinness Brews Limited-Edition Gingerbread Stout For Holidays

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Guinness is releasing two new beers that are sure to brighten the mood on an expectedly bleak holiday season for anyone who lives and breathes stouts. 

The new Imperial Gingerbread Spiced Stout takes the warm flavors of gingerbread and bakes them straight into your beer. Brewed with allspice, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, the stout boasts an 11% ABV. Holiday pairing suggestions for the gingerbread stout include roasted pork with fig, vanilla pan cotta, or creme brûlée. 

I might just have it with some Little Ceasars this holiday if we’re being honest. 

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Also joining shelves will be Guinness’ barrel-aged Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels, which features notes of chocolate, bourbon, coconut, and vanilla. At 10.5% ABV, the Imperial Stout boasts an oaky finish. 

You can find these two new Guinness stouts at retailers nationwide for a limited time. Not gonna lie. That gingerbread stout sounds delightful. 

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AriZona Hard Seltzer Is Officially Launching In 2021

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You don’t have to mix your own spiked AriZonas anymore, as the gas station staple is jumping into the hard seltzer game.

AriZona has teamed up with Heineken to create their new Sunrise brand of boozy seltzers by using Hornell Brewing Company, an affiliated entity, to make this partnership happen.

Each can of the hard seltzer is made with “a splash of real fruit,” but it’s unclear if that means flavors, fruit juice or fruit puree. Heineken’s press release does go after “clear mango” type seltzers, though, suggesting that there will be a juice or puree inside.

AriZona also does make flavors like Mucho Mango using fruit purees and juices, suggesting that those could be the “splash of fruit” the press release talks about.

Mucho Mango will be one of the flavors of the Sunrise Hard Seltzer, as will Cherry Punch, Lemon, and Grapefruit. All of the flavors contain 100 calories and have 2-4 grams of carbohydrates per can. The ABV of each can is 4.6%, making it slightly less boozy than a can of White Claw.

All four flavors will be available nationwide starting in the first quarter of 2021. Folks will be able to buy individual cans, with 12-pack variety sets also available.

Whether these seltzers will be 99 cents, as the usual cans are, remains to be seen.

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Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos With Tequila Sunrise Slushies

Alcoholic seltzers have resolutely established themselves as the predominant drink of this summer. If you’re going to have to sit around the house, it may as well be with a drink that’s easy to sip, light, and refreshing.

Less known, however, is that, while delicious on their own, their fruity flavors and light fizz make the seltzers quite the cocktail mixer. And, in the summer of at-home seltzer drinking, a vacation-worthy cocktail is always needed.

In honor of this, we teamed up with Bud Light Seltzer to create a couple of recipes that’ll send you to the beach on the very first sip. 

This drink takes inspiration from the ever-popular Tequila Sunrise, as well as the upcoming Dia De Los Muertos. 

By turning a tequila sunrise into a slushie and adding some bubbly seltzer, this cocktail will liven up any weekend (or hey, maybe weekday!) spent at home. 

The full recipe for the slush is below, and if you’re in California, make sure to take a look at iHeartRadio and Bud Light’s sweepstakes, as it could land you a $500 gift card to a local Hispanic grocery store. Click here to enter.

This recipe collab is featured at participating hispanic grocers.

Mango Tequila Sunrise Slush

Yields: 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 can Bud Light Seltzer Mango
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups ice
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 tablespoon grenadine syrup
  • Mini sugar skull candy and orange slices for garnish

METHOD: 

  1. Freeze the orange juice in an ice tray a couple hours beforehand. 
  2. Add the “orange cubes” into a blender along with the ice, tequila, and seltzer. 
  3. Blend!
  4. Add the grandine to the bottom of a glass, then pour in the slushie directly on top.
  5. Garnish with orange peel. 

And that, my friends, is really about it. These things are dangerously easy, taking no more than a couple minutes to whip up. 

And I say that to say this: that twelve pack of seltzers isn’t going to last long.

Created in partnership with Bud Light.

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Cracker Barrel Is Adding Alcohol To Its Menus Nationwide

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Cracker Barrel is known as a country family restaurant chain, with old school American dishes gracing the menu. As a pretty conservative establishment, it hasn’t had alcohol on the menu in its 51 years in service.

Starting this year, however, the chain has decided to give booze a shot, and is adding beer, wine, and mimosas to roughly 600 of its restaurants nationwide.

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Cracker Barrel has been testing the alcoholic options at 100 locations recently, following feedback from its customers that they would love to have adult drinks on the menu. So far, the program has had convincing results, influencing Cracker Barrel to expand the program to most of its 660 locations.

These options include to-go mimosa kits, according to CNN, as well as a selection of beer and wine. Mimosas have also been popular with breakfast and lunch guests, so they’ll be available in the restaurant as well.

Cracker Barrel plans to have alcohol available in 600 locations by July 2021, and also looks to expand their current options to include other boozy choices. We’ll have to see what that exactly includes as time goes.

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Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter Beer Exists

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Speculoos Cookie Butter has easily become one of Trader Joe’s most popular items in the past decade. The cookie-flavored spread pairs with so many things that sometimes we can’t help but throw it on whatever we have in the fridge.

Snack blogger @TheSnacksOfLife spotted a new twist on the iconic Cookie Butter at her local Trader Joe’s: Speculoos Cookie Butter Beer.

An alcoholic take on the cookie spread, the new cookie butter beer is described as an Imperial Golden Ale with toasted coconut, vanilla beans, and other natural flavors. Each bottle boasts a 5.5% ABV.

From the looks of it, you can find the Cookie Butter Beer in the alcohol section of your local Trader Joe’s. Guess where I’m headed after work?

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Auntie Anne’s Teamed Up With Samuel Adams To Create An Oktoberfest Home Kit

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This year many of those who enjoy celebrating Oktoberfest may be stuck at home to limit the spread of COVID-19. Sucks, yes, but hopefully things get better this time next year.

That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the upcoming holiday, however.

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels has announced they’re teaming up this year with Samuel Adams beer to create an Oktoberfest At Home experience.

The collaboration brought forth an Oktoberfest kit that features Oktoberfest-inspired recipes, an Auntie Anne’s DIY Pretzel Kit, Samuel Adams OctoberFest brews, and themed apparel from steins to hats and lederhosen.

To set the mood, you can stream a “Prost from Home” playlist that features authentic Oktoberfest tunes.

You can order the Oktoberfest kits at GiveThemBeer.com. Availability is only while supplies last.

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Hard Seltzer’s The Trick To A Perfect Floating Margarita

The birth of the margarita is much disputed. There are various origin stories, stretching from the 1930’s to the 1960’s, but lost among these wildly specific theories is the fact that the margarita may simply be a variation of a Prohibition-era drink, The Daisy.

The two drinks are remarkably similar– the only difference is that the margarita swaps out The Daisy’s brandy for tequila. In fact “margarita” is the Spanish word for “daisy.” So oddly enough, regardless of the true genesis of the margarita’s journey to stardom, it’s likely that it may have been a result of someone playing with the recipe of an already popular drink.

The lesson here, my friends, is that good things can always be improved upon. Inspired by this ideal, our latest recipe, in collaboration with Bud Light Seltzer, is our own twist on the margarita.

Keeping the essence of fruit in mind, we swapped out the traditional orange-flavored triple sec for a Bud Light Strawberry seltzer. This creates a smoother drinking experience, mellowing out the tequila enough to give consistent, well-rounded sips.

We also threw in some frozen strawberries, which helps the drink blend into a fluid, almost creamy, consistency, while giving things a refreshing edge that compliments the acidity of the lime.

With a rim of chili lime seasoning, and a fresh strawberry to garnish, this drink will certainly make me head to the fridge for a seltzer and some frozen strawberries the next time I get a craving for a margarita.

Check out the full recipe below, and, if you’re in California, make sure to enter iHeartRadio and Budlight Seltzer’s sweepstakes, which could land you a $500 gift card to one of your local Hispanic grocery stores. Click here to enter.

This recipe collab is featured at participating hispanic grocers.

Iceberg Strawberry Margarita

Yields: 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbsp agave
  • 1 can Bud Light Seltzer Strawberry
  • Chili Lime Seasoning for garnish
  • Fresh lime & strawberry for garnish

METHOD:

  1. Prepare 2 glasses with a chili lime rim using lime juice. 
  2. In a blender, combine frozen strawberries, ice, tequila, lime juice and agave and blend until smooth. 
  3. Divide Bud Light Seltzer Strawberry into prepared glasses. Slowly pour blended margarita into the glasses. Garnish with a lime round and strawberry.

Created in partnership with Bud Light.