Cocktail Time! · Summer Pairing

Pork with Apples and a Cuba Libre

It is hot in the North Eastern USA. Summer technically starts in about a week and a half, but you wouldn’t know it with the heat wave we’re having right now. Since I’d rather be spending this heat wave at the beach instead of the suburbs of New York, I’m just going to imagine myself there with this week’s pairing.

The Drink: 

DSCN1304Cuba Libre (or a rum and coke) is a popular cocktail in the United States. Most of the time I see this drink as just being a straight rum and coke mix, but adding in just a splash of lime really brings this drink together. It’s a nice summer cocktail and really easy to make.

What you’ll need: 

  • A bottle or can of coke
  • Your favorite rum
  • Roughly 1/2 a lime

Squeeze the lime juice into a glass. Muddle the lime juice and the rind of the lime. Add a shot of rum, followed by the coke. Stir once and enjoy.

Level of Recommendation: An essential summer cocktail.

The Food: 

What you’ll need: DSCN1302

  • 2 lbs Pork Shoulder on the bone
  • 1 apple
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Rosemary
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Chop up the apple, onion, and garlic. Place in the bottom of a crock pot. Rub the pork shoulder with rosemary, salt, and pepper. Place in the crock pot. Cover with the chicken broth and apple cider vinegar. Place on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 6-7 hours.

Serve with mashed potatoes, rice, or bread. (I chose mashed potatoes).

The Pairing:


There’s a mix of sweet and sour flavors. I happen to love apples with my pork and this meal has a nice mix of flavors without any elements overpowering the others. The pork is nice and juicy, while the potatoes keep things nice and smooth. The spiced rum adds a little extra kick to the pairing.

Level of Recommendation: A late summer or early fall meal and likely something I will have again.


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