October is in full swing and we are ready with a new cocktail and snack pairing! This time we are using A Nightmare on Elm Street as our inspiration. A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of our favorite horror series. Therefore, it made sense to start our foray into classic slasher inspired pairings with it.
When trying to figure out what food and beverage flavors fit with the movie, we kept coming back to smokey. We wanted to do more than that so we asked ourselves what another prominent feature of the movie was. Then it hit us. Coffee. The premise of A Nightmare on Elm Street is that the characters are haunted and hunted within their dreams. Staying awake means staying safe.
Below is the pairing we came up with. Both the cocktail and snack have heavy coffee influences. They also both have some sort of smokey component, mezcal and in the cocktail and cumin in the steak bites. We also wanted them to pair with one another. So we kept a more Latin influence in flavors with the mezcal and other seasonings.
Later this this week we will be posting a Friday the 13th pairing! Vote for your favorite either in the comments below or using the hash tags #GWEFreddy or #GWEJason! Be sure to visit for more horror and Halloween fun!
- 2 oz Coffee
- 1 oz Mezcal
- .5 oz Ancho Reyes
- .5 oz Simple Syrup
- 1 lb. Flank Steak
- 1/8 cup Finely Ground Coffee
- 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1 tbsp Chili Powder
- 2 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Ginger Powder
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- Combine ingredients in stirring glass with ice.
- Strain and serve in Irish Coffee Glass filled with crushed ice.
- Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Create a crust on steak with espresso rub.
- Grill for 5 minute a side, until rub starts to caramelize.
- Let rest for about 5 minutes.
- Cut into bite size pieces.
- Serve with toothpicks or appetizer forks.
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