One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, cheese? Ok, so I’m sure that cheese isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about tequila pairings. It’s probably more like guacamole, chips and salsa, but surprisingly cheese is an excellent pairing.
To test this out, I invited a few friends over for a little “Tequila Fromage” party. We tried three different varieties of Casa Noble Tequila (Crystal blanco, añejo and reposado), which is one of only three organic tequilas worldwide and paired them with a selection of French cheeses. Mimolette, a hard, sharp cheese paired best with the crystal and the fourme d’ambert, which reminded me of a milder bleu cheese went well with the añejo. My favorite of the night though was the Époisses cheese, which has a texture similar to brie but with a stronger flavor. It paired well with the reposado and I would be lying if I didn’t say I haven’t been finding ways to use the leftovers in almost every meal. We also snacked on comté cheese, a mild cheese similar in taste to Swiss. All of the cheeses are available at French Cheese Board and you can learn more about each cheese (beyond my very amateur descriptions) on Cheeses of Europe. After we had all tried the tequilas and picked our favorites, we mixed up some margaritas with our tequila of choice. I went the lazy route and picked up a pre-made margarita mix, but I swear one day I will make my own. The mixes are just so sugary!