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Don Papa Rum teaches us Cocktail and Food Pairing 101 in “Chef and Shakers”

For all we know, food and drinks have a special connection that had been an established culinary practice since the beginning of time. The practice has been very popular that this eating etiquette was even brought to the Philippines.

Food and wine became an instant perfect pair that gave way for more innovations in costumer’s dining experiences. Experiences that involved guaranteed satisfaction to ‘full-bodied’ spirits through cocktail and food pairings.

Don Papa Rum Wants Us To Learn

Don Papa Rum Teaches Us Cocktail and Food Pairing
Distilled from the finest sugar cane in the world, Don Papa aged more than 7 years in oak barrels in foothills of Mount Kanload before blending to perfection | Photo from Don Papa Rum’s Chefs and Shakers

Don Papa Rum, a premium aged small batch rum from Negros Occidental, Philippines, introduced a unique ‘serve’ inspired by the Aperitivo culture in cocktail and food pairing. Breaking from the household rule, top food and drink establishments have adopted the Italian concept of aperitivo by pairing rum-based cocktails with scrumptious meals.

To give us a 101

Don Papa Rum Teaches Us Cocktail and Food Pairing
Giving us a 101 on the marriage of food and rum-based cocktails, Chef Marcus and Andrei show us how perfection is done | Photo from Don Papa Rum’s Chefs and Shakers

The rum giant invited the winners of Don Papa Cocktail Competition in Netherlands to teach us the basics of food and cocktail pairings. The duo who have won several awards already, chef Marcus Shockley and bartender Andrei Talapanescu, prepared a great set of cocktail drinks and dishes that exuded the characteristics of the perfect marriage of food and rum-based drinks.

Don Papa Rum Teaches Us Cocktail and Food Pairing
Chef Marcus looking serious preparing the groundbreaking Duck Tartare (Duck breast, Orange, Apple, Bread Crumbs, Chili, Ginger) | Photo from Don Papa Rum’s Chefs and Shakers

The international chef, Marcus, is currently refining his cuisine at The Duchess restaurant in the W Hotel, Amsterdam. Previously, he has worked in some of the best restaurants in the USA and even trained bartending at Stonehill Tavern in California.

Don Papa Rum Teaches Us Cocktail and Food Pairing
Andrei showing us the moves in serving the Papa’s Sling (Don Papa Rum, Dry Vermouth, Hibiscus Tea, Lemon Juice, Hellfire Bitters) | Photo from Don Papa Rum’s Chefs and Shakers

On the other hand, the award-winning bartender, Andrei, is the head bartender at the Pulitzer’s Bar, the flagship of the five-star Pulitzer Hotel in Amsterdam. Would you believe that before delving into bartending, he was a former water polo player?

Don Papa Rum Teaches Us Cocktail and Food Pairing
Here is the final look of the award-winning Duck Tartare and Papa’s Sling | Photo from Don Papa Rum’s Chefs and Shakers

The flavor experts will showcase their winning dish and cocktail pair at a series of Don Papa events in Manila as part of their campaign with the Don Papa Cocktail Competition. Because of Don Papa’s groundbreaking inventions, more rum aficionados will surely have their eyes set on these genius pairings. They will have a chance to break out of their usual food and drink combination, and discover better and newer flavors.


For more information, check their website, www.donpaparum.com, or like them on Facebook at Don Papa Rum. You can also reach them through Twitter and Instagram,

Written by Denis Santos

A Journalism student who considers nature as his second home. Likes to travel on a budget, and believes tofu and nuggets come hand in hand.

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