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Rendle’s Gin Cured Salmon Charcuterie and Gin Old Fashion

Rendle’s Gin Cured Salmon Charcuterie and Gin Old Fashion

With the most romantic day of the year inching closer on the calendar you’re either dreading it, panicked, excited, or you’ve forgotten.

The Valentine cynics out there will repeat bitterly to anyone who will listen about this being a commercialized holiday, and yes let’s face it ALL holidays these days have been commercialized to some degree or another. But at the core of it the sentiment of the day is a good one. Whether you’re single or attached it’s all about showing someone special a little bit of extra pampering, even if that person happens to be yourself.

Personally, I like to keep things simple. There are always great Valentine offers and menus at some of the finest restaraunts and more than enough heart themed gifts than one will ever need. I happen to think that the best gift of all though is your time. Nothing says “you’re special and mean more to me than anything” like some quality time spent together. One of the best ways to achieve this is with a nice intimate home cooked meal.

Rendle's Gin Cured Salmon Charcuterie + Gin Old Fashion
Rendle’s Gin Cured Salmon Charcuterie + Gin Old Fashion

Wait, but what if you don’t cook? Not to worry because you don’t necessarily need to be a Michelin star chef to impress. It’s all about putting together bite sized nibbles and the perfect cocktail and that’s pretty much all you’ll need for the perfect evening.

A charcuterie board is the perfect edible to your perfectly perfect evening at home. It’s easy, requires no cooking, and always looks high class even if all you did was throw some meat and cheese onto your fanciest plates and wood boards. To give a unique spin though I like to replace the traditional meats with cured fish. It’s super simple to make yourself and your sweetie will be super impressed when they find out you slaved over it for them. Except you won’t be slaving because it’s so easy you’ll wonder why you ever paid for cured fish at the store. It’ll be our little secret though. Plus the easiest way to make sure all the flavors go well together is to use what you’ll be drinking in what you’re eating. Cue – Rendle’s Gin cured salmon. Rendle’s is the perfect choice for Valentine’s Day, or any day really, but especially on Valentine’s because it’s pink hue gives a subtle nod to all things love while still packing enough strength to keep anyone more than satisfied. Plus it’s unique spice profile which includes notes of citrus from lime, juniper, coriander, cardamom, and  star anise matches perfectly with salmon which means less work for you without compromising on taste. It also means less ingredients for you to pick up since all the right spices and flavors are already packed into main curing ingredient itself. Score!

 

Rendle's Gin Cured Salmon
Rendle’s Gin Cured Salmon

 

Rendle’s Gin Cured Smoked Salmon

Ingredients:

  • 750g pin boned salmon
  • 1 cucumber
  • 100ml  Rendle’s Original Gin
  • 3 tbsp fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp juniper berries
  • 1 tbsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1.5 tbsp sea salt
  • pea shoots + edible flowers for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place salmon in air tight container
  2. Using a mandolin or a sharp knife cut cucumber into paper thin slices (you won’t need the entire cucumber, just a few slices or to taste)
  3. Crush the whole black peppercorns and juniper berries
  4. Mix cucumber slices, peppercorns, juniper berries, sea salt, dill, and Rendle’s Original Gin in a separate bowl
  5. Spoon mixture over salmon
  6. Cover salmon and refrigerate overnight making sure to spoon mixture over salmon every few hours
  7. The following day slice the freshly cured salmon into thin strips and serve garnished with a drizzle of olive oil, lemon juice, and edible flowers (optional)
Rendle's Gin Cheese Pairings
Rendle’s Gin Cheese Pairings

As to what to pair that luscious gin cured salmon you made yourself? Think triple cream cheeses like a triple cream Brie or goat cheeses. A wedge of juniper herbed pâté also goes a long way to complementing but not stealing the show from your creation.

Rendle's Gin Old Fashion
Rendle’s Gin Old Fashion

Lastly, what’s the perfect evening without the perfect cocktail? Since it’s all about keeping it special, yet simple there’s nothing better than a classic cocktail with a twist and there’s no cocktail more classic than an Old Fashion. Except to take it to the next level you can easily replace the whisky with the same Rendle’s Original Gin you used to cure the salmon. It’s a no-brainer way to make sure all the flavors tie together and to make you look like a culinary genius.

Rendle’s Gin Old Fashion

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a glass with ice
  2. Stir
  3. Strain mix over a large ice cube in a heavy bottomed Old Fashion glass
  4. Garnish with orange twist

 

 

 

Disclaimer: This post was done in collaboration with Rendle’s Original Gin, however all opinions expressed are my own

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