Carson’s in Lexington is rolling out this whiskey lover’s morning dream combination: a flight of whiskeys paired with some delicious brunch. Brunch is a delectable staple at Carson’s. Adding a whiskey flight as an option just sweetened the deal. They allow you to select three different whiskies for you to enjoy, so you don’t have to just pick one. And, because it’s on the menu, it’s socially acceptable to enjoy three different whiskey pours before noon on a Sunday.
When pairing a whiskey with a meal, you might not know where to start. That’s where we come in.
First things first. Much like the “Pirate’s Code” these will be more or less guidelines. These suggestions will help you pair some of your brunch dishes with the flight of whiskey. Here’s a few options for you in case you don’t have any clue where to start when it comes to pairing a whiskey:
You’re going to want to start with an appetizer here. Trust us. Brunch is an entire ordeal at Carson’s meant to be thoroughly enjoyed.
Kick it off with their deep fried cinnamon & sugar buttermilk biscuits. This is THE appetizer at Carson’s. A crispy delicate combination of fried biscuits, bourbon honey and cream cheese frosting. This will be our gateway into the meal and we’ll want to match it with a gateway bourbon. Something that embodies all those things people have grown to know and love in that traditional bourbon profile. I would recommend their barrel pick of Buffalo Trace, or just Buffalo Trace in general. Buffalo Trace is a ubiquitous name in whiskey and it’s known far and wide for a reason. It exemplifies that traditional bourbon profile and will be a great warmup for your palate for what’s to come.
Round two. Let’s go for something hearty and savory. We’re going all out and choosing the prime sirloin steak and eggs. What’s more classic that a big plate of steak and eggs with a nice whiskey to round off the dish? For this paring, we’re going to go bold. Pick a whiskey that has some rich and bold notes to it with a higher proof if you can handle it. A good choice would be Maker’s Mark Cask Strength or a New Riff Single Barrel. Two whiskeys that are unique, bold and sure to please.
Finally, we’ll round off this brunch adventure with something sweet and fruity. We pick the Belgian waffle with seasonal berries, candied pecans, whipped cream, powdered sugar and maple syrup. This’ll be our desert and we’ll want a desert whiskey to match. Town Branch’s Sherry Cask should fit the bill quite nicely for this.
Check out Carson’s of Lexington here for more information on how you can grab yourself a piece of this delicious brunch!