Best cocktails to pair with cigars

Try asking your friends:

What’s the best cocktail and cigar pairing?

We are willing to bet you will get different answers every time you ask.

Why?

Because the "best pairing" will most likely be based on what their favorite cigar or drink is.

There are two simple ways to find the perfect pairing for cigars and cocktails for YOU. You can either start with your favorite cigar wrapper and find a pairing based on its flavor profile, or start with your favorite choice of spirit and find the right cigar wrapper to go along with it.

So, for your next round of stogies, here are some pairings that we are sure will not disappoint. Just start from either your favorite wrapper or spirit and pair-up!

To make things extra fun, we added some slight recipe modifications of our favorite Xurvivor drink tweaks.

Enjoy!

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Do you Like Vodka or Connecticut Wrapper Cigars?

We recommend pairing with Romeo y Julieta Vintage #3, Xurvivor Robusto Connecticut Clasico, or Montecristo No. 2.

Moscow Mule

moscow mule and cigar
  • Prep time 1-3 min.
  • Recipe yields 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • ½ cup of ginger beer
  • ½ ounce of fresh lime juice
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 mint sprig

Directions

  • In a chilled copper mug, pour vodka and lime juice
  • Stir to combine
  • Leaving leaves attached to the sprig, gently rub them with your fingers to release the oils. Drop in glass
  • Fill with ice and ginger beer
  • Garnish with lime wedge

Do you Like Rum or Natural Wrapper Cigars?

We recommend pairing with Xurvivor Clasico Natural Toro, or Padron Serie 1926 #9 Natural Toro.

Mojito

mojito and cigar
  • Prep time 1-3 min.
  • Recipe yields 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 10 fresh small mint leaves sprigs, plus 1 sprig for garnish
  • 1 ounce home-made simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1½ ounce dry white rum (not flavored)
  • ¼ cup sparkling water
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Directions

  • Press the mint leaves and lightly rub with your palms to release the mint oils
  • Add leaves to the bottom of a Collins glass
  • Add lime juice and simple sugar
  • Fill glass half way with crushed ice
  • Add rum, sparkling water, and bitters
  • Stir for 15 seconds
  • Garnish with mint sprig and lime slices

Do you Like Whiskey or Maduro Wrapper Cigars?

We recommend pairing with Arturo Fuente Añejo, or Cohiba Maduro 5.

Old Fashioned

old fashioned and cigar
  • Prep time 1-3 min.
  • Recipe yields 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces of whiskey or bourbon
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 ounce home-made simple syrup
  • 1 orange peel (about 2 inches)
  • 1 Maraschino cherry

Directions

  • In a rocks glass, pour the whiskey, bitters, and simple syrup
  • Stir to combine
  • Rub orange peel gently between your fingers to release oils, and rub against rim of glass
  • Add orange peel
  • Add one large cube of ice
  • Stir for 15 seconds
  • Add cherry

Do you Like Gin or Habano Wrapper Cigars?

We recommend pairing with Xurvivor Toro Rosado Evo, Xurvivor PRIMERO, or Oliva Serie V.

Dirty Martini

martini and cigar
  • Prep time 1-3 min.
  • Recipe yields 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces of gin
  • ½ ounces of extra-dry vermouth
  • ½ ounces of olive brine

Directions

  • Add gin, vermouth and ice to a shaker. Shake
  • Strain into a chilled Martini glass
  • Add 3 green stuffed olives
  • Add 2 dashes of Tabasco sauce to make it a Xurvivor Martini

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