Cocktail Time! · Romantic Pairing · Spring Pairing

Country Bacon Wrapped Asparagus & Gin and Tonic

When I think of appetizers that are the essence of Spring time, I think of asparagus wrapped in bacon. Asparagus is a wonderful vegetable and bacon makes it taste all the better. So for everyone who is ready for Spring parties, this pairing is for you!

The Drink: 

If I were to pick my go to drink for cocktails and appetizers, it would be the gin and tonic. It’s simple to make and has a nice floral flavor that is prefect for Spring.

What you’ll need: 

  • 1 part gin
  • 1 part tonic water
  • Lime wedge (optional, but highly recommended)

The Food: 

What you’ll need: DSCN1248

  • Asparagus
  • Country Bacon
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Mashed Potatoes (optional)

Preheat your oven to 400ºF for about 10 minutes. Clean asparagus and cut off the ends. Wrap the bottoms of the asparagus with the country bacon. Drizzle with a little olive oil, then sprinkle some salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.

Allow to cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the asparagus is tender.

To turn this into a meal, serve over mashed potatoes.

The Pairing: 

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This pairing makes me feel a little more sophisticated than usual. The food is salty, a little creamy, and has a hint of earthy flavors that pairs well with the lighter gin and tonic. The asparagus has a nice crunch to it that tastes lovely with the smoother drink. I did forget to add the lime to my gin and tonic, so it is missing the citrus component. All in all I like this pairing and will likely have it again.

Level of Recommendation: Good for an elegant dinner party or a fancy meal for one.

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