A favorite combination loved by many is a good soda pop and a cigar. Soda goes well with anything, but it goes especially well with a fine cigar. There’s just something about the carbonation and syrupy flavor that makes the cigar taste better. The best way to match up a soda with a cigar is to go by color. If your cigar is fairly dark, go for a more syrupy beverage, like a coke or pepsi. If your cigar is lighter, go for something less syrupy, like a lemon, lime, or orange soda.
If you enjoy pipe tobacco cigars, you will want to complement the sweet taste and nice aromas with a sweet drink. Preferably something non-carbonated. A lemonade or type of juice will suffice. A non carbonated sugary beverage will complement a pipe tobacco cigar much better than something carbonated, because the carbonation in a drink makes things seem more spicy. You don’t want your sweet smelling and tasting cigar to be spicy.
If you really want to bring out some flavor, complement your cigars with a drink that tastes a little bit different. Do you enjoy smoking leathery, spicy cigars that have a hint of earthiness? Try drinking a port. The sweetness of the port mixed with the bold tastes of the cigar will bring out flavors in both the drink and the smoke.
Some people also enjoy having a fine whiskey. A smokey tasting whiskey will pair nicely with almost any cigar. The hints of woodiness from the whiskey mixed with a nutty or earthy cigar can make for an excellent combination. Try having a whiskey with both dark and light cigars, to find which you like the most. You will find that whiskey goes good with almost every cigar out there.
Coffee is another favorite drink of cigar smokers. The taste of coffee pairs very nicely with a fine cigar. The flavors of the cigar and the undertones of the coffee are similar. Just like with any other drink, you should try different coffees with different cigars. Since every cigar and every type of coffee is different, there’s only one way to find out which combinations are good, and which combinations bad.
It’s important to try and pick a drink that won’t be overpowered by the taste of the cigar. The drink should complement the flavor, not ruin it. You’ll have to try different combinations to find what you like, but the suggestions above are a great place to start.
Once you’ve found a drink that you enjoy, don’t stop mixing and matching! There are thousands of combinations out there that involve different drinks and different cigars. Don’t stop until you’ve tried them all. Or at least tried a few.