Wine and cheese is predictable. Dark sipping rums—which are meant for drinking neat can carry the flavors of roasted nuts, smoky oak, vanilla, cocoa and spices, just like wine. Barrie Lynn, a cheese expert in Los Angeles with an online show called Cheese Rules, suggests Neisson Rhum Agricole Réserve Spéciale or Mount Gay Extra Old Rum: "I haven't met a cheese they didn't love." And about the cheese. Creamy, nutty aged superaged sharp cheddars, fresh chèvre go especially well with rum.
Cecelia's Pastries | Best Macarons in town. Place an order 2 weeks in advance and then buy (collect) from Ann Arbor Farmer's Market on Saturday morning or from Lab Cafe on Sunday. $1.50 per macaron at Farmer's Market, $1.95 at Lab.