Best 4th of July cigars?
This 4th of July if you’re like 80% (that’s about 74 million people if you’re counting) of us, you’ll attend a BBQ. While you’re there, you’re probably going to eat some of the 150 million hot dogs, 700 million pounds of chicken or 190 million pounds of beef that the grocery stores have sold in the last two weeks.
Chances are even better that you’re going to at least sip at a beer. That’s because 68.3 million cases of the stuff are sold for the 4th of July.
What’s the best celebration smoke?
There’s a little more diversity in how people will round out the day. Approximately 63% of us will attend a fireworks display while 26% of us will set off a few fireworks of our own.
Yet the most important decision you’re likely to make all day is going to come in between all that eating and drinking and any loud and bright party finale. Somewhere in there, you’re going to find your hand hovering over your humidor. In that moment you’ll need to decide – what kind of a smoke will really add something to this celebration?
There are a couple of different ways to answer that. You can try to pair your smoke with what you’ve been eating, or what you’ve been drinking. Or, you can reach for the most “all-American” cigar you’ve got. Here’s a tip or two to help you decide.
Pairing with food
Unlike wine, there are no absolute rules or even “ideal” pairings between foods and cigars. However, there is a good rule of thumb that will help you get the most flavor out of any cigar: The heavier, denser or more flavor-packed the food item, the stronger your cigar should be.
So, for our three proteins above, following this rule, you should reach for a cigar in these ranges:
|Hot Dog =||mild cigars|
|Chicken =||medium cigars|
|Beef =||strong cigars|
Of course, this is still an awfully broad guideline. You can narrow it down further by taking your condiments and spices into account. Was your fried chicken cooked according to grandma’s recipe, or was it dipped in a cajun spice batter before it was fried? Did you use ketchup on your burger? If so, you might still get a good taste of your medium-to-strong cigar, but if you added jalapenos with a side of hot sauce you won’t taste a thing if your cigar isn’t full-bodied.
Pairing with drinks
Whole books can be written about the best cigar and wine or cigar and whiskey pairings. On the 4th of July though, as a nation, we tend to celebrate with beer. Light, stout, and amber grains all waving and what not. Whether you’re a lager fan or watching your carbs, you are in luck if you’ve got just one cigar in your humidor. The Perdomo Craft Series Cigars were blended to go with beer. If you don’t have it in your humidor now, you might want to stock up on that perfect match to your favorite pale ale before the Labor Day BBQs.
As for and “all-American” option, they don’t get any more true-blue than the Alec Bradley American Classic. It was blended to taste like the Tampa FL made cigars smoked by most Americans prior to the Cuban embargo. It made Cigar Aficionado’s list of recommended smokes for the 4th of July. Since Thompson is also headquarted in Tampa, this cigar is especially near and dear to our hearts.
The Rest of the Stats
If you’re wondering what else Americans will be doing on the 4th, here’s even more from History.com: