One of the most frequent questions we get is: “what am I supposed to do with this?” And the shortest answer we can give is: “Drink it!”
For those looking for a longer answer, keep reading.
First and foremost, our Founder, John deBary, created Proteau do be ready to drink, straight from the bottle. John came out of a decade in the bar world, so the idea of serving an unfinished drink was unthinkable to him. Unlike a non-alcoholic spirit, you don’t need to mix Proteau in order to get the optimal experience.
But even if you’re not going to pour Proteau straight, there are some things to keep in mind:
- Chill the bottle in the fridge for at least 2 hours before opening.
- We recommend a white wine glass for optimal experience, but a tumbler or highball glass work great too.
- Ice is key. We love how the ice brings out the fizz, so we always add a few cubes, especially on a hot day.
- Garnishes are completely optional, but the citrusy notes of an orange wedge can be a great aromatic companion
The bright notes of strawberry, rhubarb root, hibiscus, and champagne vinegar go well with lighter dishes, giving your palate just enough excitement to accompany delicate flavors.
- Tomato and watermelon salad with feta, mint and balsamic
- Helen Rosner’s Savory Tomato Pound Cake
- Charcuterie and cheese board: fennel sausage, hot soppresatta, Prosciutto di Parma, Pyrenees Brebis, and Stilton cheese
- Fried Oysters
- Chill the bottle for about 45 minutes in the fridge before serving, or if it’s been in for longer, let it sit at room temperature before serving.
- Red wine glasses are ideal, but we also love to sip Ludlow Red out of a study old fashioned (rocks) glass
- No need for ice. We prefer to let the flavors evolve as the liquid warms, transitioning from fruity and floral, to deep and spicy. But, if you want things a little cooler and gentler, a few cubes of ice can be perfect.
- Ludlow Red loves to mix with others: soda, tonic, ginger are all great companions. We love to make a Kir Royale with Ludlow Red and sparkling wine.
- Turn up the heat! Ludlow Red makes a fantastic hot toddy, either on its own or mixed with some apple cider or hot tea.
The silky, intense notes of blackberry, black pepper, roasted dandelion, fig balsamic and chrysanthemum give you a wide range of savory options. Ludlow Red has a way of accenting dishes with a finish that will leave you wanting more.
- Fig salad with goat cheese, arugula, and walnuts
- Ma Po Tofu
- Grilled steak sandwich
- Spaghetti Carbonara