Popcorn and Drinks Pairing Party

Pop Karma Popcorn Pairing at Back Label Wine (Photo by Rainer Coloma)

Pop Karma Popcorn Pairing at Back Label Wine (Photo by Rainer Coloma)

We created Pop Karma Popcorn to be enjoyed with beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. We recently had a Popcorn Pairing class where we paired different Pop Karma flavors with different alcohols. Our friends at Back Label Wines were geniuses in matching drinks to different flavors. Since not everyone could attend, we are sharing these brilliant pairings. Playing around with the flavors allowed us to identify several hits and some misses. If you are looking for a party idea, this is a great one – everyone had a blast trying the below combinations and making their own. We all left inspired!

  1. Zen Cheddar with Two Roads – Honeyspot Road – White IPA. The sweetness of the cheddar was brilliant with the sweetness in this IPA. This was a refreshing and delicious combination I could eat all night.
  2. Cajun Popcorn with Tire Bouchon – Burgundy Chardonnay. This white wine held up to the spices in the Cajun Popcorn, and together they sparkled. We initially thought of the All American for this wine, but the surprise of the Cajun pairing won us over.
  3. White Truffle Cheddar with 2013 Nino Costa Nebbiolo. People often pair the White Truffle Cheddar with champagne which is divine, but this pairing is wonderful as well and was a crowd pleaser.
  4. Kyoto Mix with Yamanaka Shuzo – Hitori Musume Nigori Sake. The creamy unfiltered sake combined with Kyoto Mix was a lovely, refreshing pairing that I couldn’t get enough of.
  5. Pure Caramel with Mr. Katz’s Rock & Rye. This sweet rye with the Grateful Dead history was a revelation. Kind of like candy. The vanilla in the Pure Caramel and the vanilla in the Rock & Rye played off each other beautifully. We also initially tried a honey whisky with the Pure Caramel, which was another wonderful combination.
  6. Margarita Popcorn with Mezcal Vago Elote Margarita. Holy smoky mezcal! Mixed with fresh lime juice, this pairing with Margarita popcorn was such a delicously refreshing no-brainer that we ended the class with this.

For a fun evening, get a sampler, invite some people over and play around with yourown pairings!


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