A Cheese Cupid Giveaway & Pairing: Sparkling Apple Sidecar + Wisconsin Parmesan

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by Chris of Shared Appetite

sparkling-apple-sidecar-with-cheese-and-boardMy wife and I are all about entertaining, especially during the holidays. Getting family and friends together around the dinner table is one of our favorite things to do. And in our minds, any great dinner party has to start with two things: some awesome small bites and a cocktail in hand.

sparkling-apple-sidecar-cheese-knifeWhen it comes to a classic appetizer, I love a well-crafted cheese board full of handpicked cheeses, charcuterie and all the necessary accoutrements. Wisconsin parmesan is always a reliable choice, and it pairs so well with this Sparkling Apple Sidecar. As Cheese Cupid will tell you, brandy and parmesan make for one beautiful couple, and the addition of apple cider and lemon really gives this cocktail a bright, fall twist.


My wife and I served this cocktail alongside a beautiful parmesan wedge as guests arrived at our home for an intimate dinner party this past weekend and it was definitely a highlight of the evening for many of our friends. It’s simple, elegant and the perfect start to an evening of good food.


Sparkling Apple Sidecar + Wisconsin Parmesan
By Chris of Shared Appetite

Servings: 4
3 ounces apple brandy

2 ounces triple sec

2 lemons, juiced

4 ounces apple cider

Champagne or prosecco, chilled

Combine apple brandy, triple sec, lemon juice and apple cider in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake. Strain and divide among 4 champagne flutes, filling approximately 1/3 of each glass. Fill the rest of each glass with champagne or prosecco. Serve with Wisconsin parmesan that has been brought to room temperature.

Cheese Cupid Giveaway: $25 worth of Wisconsin Cheese & Wisconsin-shaped cutting board

Now that you’ve seen the drink Chris of Shared Appetite pairs with parmesan, are you ready to create your own pairing? We are giving away $25 worth of Wisconsin Cheese and one Wisconsin-shaped cutting board, like the one used above, to a lucky winner! To enter, visit the Cheese Cupid Facebook page and leave a comment telling us 1.) which drink you would pick from the Cheese Cupid Pairing Tool to pair with Wisconsin parmesan, and 2.) who you would share your pairing with if you win!

Full Contest Details:

How to Enter:
The giveaway is open for entry from Nov. 30 through Dec. 6, 2014.

1.)   Visit the Cheese Cupid Facebook page

2.)   Leave a comment on the post featuring the pairing above that includes:

  1. Which drink from the Cheese Cupid Pairing tool you would pair with Wisconsin parmesan
  2. The name of a friend you would share the prize with if you won

Official Rules:

  • Entrants must be U.S. residents aged 21 or older.
  • Entries are limited to one per household.
  • One entry will be chosen at random as the winner.
  • Entry period ends Saturday, Dec. 6, after 11:59 p.m. EST.

The winner will be announced within the same Facebook post on Dec. 8, 2014.