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Perfect Pairings For Valentine's Day

Lobster Street Tacos
Street tacos served in a crispy wonton shell with a fresh lobster salad and freshly chopped romaine. 
Serve with a light blonde ale for the beer lover, or a crisp champagne for a more elegant occasion.  Veuve Clicquot Rose would be a beautiful bubbles pairing for this item.
Lobster Claw or Leg meat, pre-cooked and chilled-8 oz
Freshly Chopped celery - 2 tablespoons
Freshly Chopped red onion - 2 teaspoons
Cole Slaw Dressing - 4 teaspoons
Dijon Mustard - 1/2 teaspoon
Kosher Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Ground Pepper - 1/2 teaspoon
Fresh Romaine Lettuce as desired
1. Choose your favorite crispy taco shell.  We mold wonton shells to make tacos, but you can choose an off the shelf taco for home.  A specialty foods store like Whole Foods will have fun versions of these for a little extra flair.
2. Take your pre-cooked lobster claws and dice up into bite-sized pieces.
3. Then take all your seasonings and ingredients and mix together with your favorite cole slaw dressing. 
4. Now it’s time to build your taco.
5. Take your crispy shell and coat the bed of the taco with romaine.  Add your fresh lobster salad to fill as desired.
6. You can top with fresh cilantro for an extra fresh flavor if desired.
7. Serve to guests with a fresh lemon wedge on the side so they can add if desired.  The lemon will bring out the sweetness of the fresh lobster.
Oysters Rockefeller
A New Orleans original founded by Antoine Alciatore in 1899.  The dish was named Oysters Rockefeller after John D. Rockefeller, the richest American at the time, for the intense richness of the sauce.
Pair with an awesome IPA like Cigar City Jai Alai IPA or a Bloody Mary for late brunch afternoon!
Fresh raw oysters - As needed depending upon your party size
Canola Oil - 1 oz
Dijon Mustard - 2 teaspoons
Cholula hot sauce - 2 tablespoons (if desired at all)
Parmesan Cheese - 1 cup
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese - 1 & 1/3 cup
Creamed Spinach (see prep recipe) - 2 full pounds
*Makes about 40-50 oysters. 
1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Take your creamed spinach and combine with ingredients above in a mixing bowl.
3. Mix well.
4. Place approximately 1 oz of mixture on a freshly shucked oyster.
5. Line up oysters on a tray and place in over for 6-8 minutes or until topping is hot & bubbly.
6. Add some crispy bacon for great flavor and crunch.
Creamed Spinach – Prep Right Before You Serve Oysters Rockefeller

Fresh Spinach  - 2 full pounds
Unsalted butter - 2 tablespoons
Minced Garlic - 1 teaspoon
Freshly diced white onion - 1/2 cup
Salt - 1 teaspoon
Heavy Cream - 1/2 cup
Add a little nutmeg or cinnamon for a little fun flair in your base.
1. Bring your pot of salted water to a rolling boil. 
2. Add fresh spinach and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes. 
3. Drain in a fine mesh strainer and press out water from spinach as best possible.
4. Finely chop spinach and set aside.
5. Melt butter in a medium saute pan over medium-high heat.
6. Add your garlic and onions for about 2 minutes until they are soft and let off a beautiful aroma. 
7. Add the spinach to the saute pan and stir until all the liquid is released.
8. Add cream, salt, pepper as desired and your extra special seasoning like nutmeg or cinnamon as desired.
9. Cook until your cream is reduced to desired consistency.  Will take you 3-5 minutes approximately.
10. Remove from heat and get ready to stuff your oysters.

Traditional Moscow Mule
History of the Mule
The Moscow Mule was created in 1941 by John Martin and Jack Morgan. They ordered engraved copper mugs and set off to market it around the country using one of the first Polaroid cameras and asked barmen to pose with a Moscow Mule Copper Mug. Prior to Prohibition, vodka was not a popular spirit in the U.S. When Prohibition was lifted this was the drink that really introduced vodka to the masses in the U.S.
Your Favorite Vodka - 2 oz                   
Fresh Lime Juice - .50 oz
Ginger Beer - 2 oz
Combine the fresh lime juice and your favorite vodka into a shaker tin.  Shake & strain into a copper mug filled with crushed ice. Top off with Ginger Beer and give a little stir to mix. Garnish with a fresh mint.

For a fresh seasonal approach, muddle your favorite fresh fruit or herbs into the mix. We love the combination of fresh pineapple and mint!
For a little extra ginger kick you can also add a splash of Domaine de Canton Ginger liqueur or you can muddle fresh ginger for an added “WOW” factor when showing off to your guest.
Candied Ginger also makes a fun garnish. You can find this at your local specialty food market like Fresh Market or Whole Foods.
Not a fan of vodka? Substitute some dark rum and you have a delicious Dark and Stormy!
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