A forum for cigar lovers.
bbass2:It does make a big difference. Many people don't drink anything but water and I tried that for a long time as I was just getting serious into cigars. Eventually I realized it had a worsening effect on the flavor for me especially towards the end of the smoke. Now I stick with coffee, tea, or beer.
jgibv:Yep, a good drink can make the experience of smoking a cigar much more enjoyable.
But then again, a "bad" drink (if the drink/cigar flavors clash) can do more harm than good and ruin the experience ...
It's a balancing act.
My "go to" drinks lately have been:
Water (room temperature)
Lemonade, limeade, or iced tea (great for these warm summer days).
Coffee, espresso, etc. (especially nice with a mild smoke in the morning)
Beer (when grilling with a cigar)
Old fashioned (good with a cigar after dinner)
Mojito (a refreshing drink to go with an afternoon smoke)
Cigary:Since the early 90's I've enjoyed a drink that enhances the smoke off just about any cigar I smoke. A good libation will take the cigar to the next step and allow it to present a good finish on the palate so we pick up tastes that we might ordinarily miss when we smoke. Sometimes if a cigar has too much spice or pepper it needs something to take it down and that usually means something that leaves a coating on the tongue....Amarula is one of those drinks I usually will have with my cigars esp. when I know that the profile tends to be full bodied or rich in spices and pepper. Amarula is much like Baileys only better and when sipped it compliments a cigar very well. I also like Drambuie with my cigars...it's been a staple for me since the mid 70's and these two drinks along with the occasional ice tea in the summer really helps keep the taste of cigars at a high level.