Perfect drinks pairings for pata negra ham

Salty, nutty, fatty, sweet – pata negra partners deliciously with so many different drinks. From a classic fino sherry to a non-alcoholic beer, Alice Lascelles finds five to try

Bodegas Lustau, Fino en Rama 2019 sherry, £17.50
Bodegas Lustau, Fino en Rama 2019 sherry, £17.50

Fino sherry: Bodegas Lustau, Fino en Rama 2019

Fino is the classic match, and Lustau is one of the best. This expression is bottled en rama –  unfiltered, straight from the cask – which gives it extra texture and complexity. A fresh, savoury sherry for serious aficionados. £17.50 for 50cl, from bbr.com.

Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve whisky, £61.95
Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve whisky, £61.95

Whisky highball: Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve

A whisky and soda can be remarkably good with ham – try a light but smoky-sweet single malt like Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve from Japan, mixed one part whisky to two parts chilled soda and served over ice. £61.95, from thewhiskyexchange.com.

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Non-alcoholic beer: Brooklyn Special Effects

The crisp bite of an ice‑cold beer makes an appetising counterpoint to the mellow richness of pata negra jamón. This hoppy lager from the celebrated Brooklyn Brewery is less than 0.4 per cent abv, but packs masses of flavour. £1.30 for 355ml, from waitrose.com.

Brooklyn Special Effects non-alcoholic beer, £1.30
Brooklyn Special Effects non-alcoholic beer, £1.30

Champagne: Bollinger La Grande Année 2008

A celebrated vintage from one of the great gastronomic champagnes. Creamy and nutty, but edged with that bright ’08 acidity, this luxuriant wine is one to enjoy with a few slivers of pata negra on Christmas day. £119.95, from thefinestbubble.com.

Bollinger La Grande Année 2008 champagne, £119.95
Bollinger La Grande Année 2008 champagne, £119.95

Orange wine: Slobodne Cutis Deviner 2016

Orange wines – white wines fermented and aged on the skins – are fantastic with charcuterie. This orange wine from Slovakian producer Slobodne combines fragrant citrus notes with tannic grip. The hipster’s choice. £31, from forestwines.com.

Slobodne Cutis Deviner 2016 orange wine, £31
Slobodne Cutis Deviner 2016 orange wine, £31

Alice Lascelles is Fortnum & Mason Drinks Writer of the Year 2019. @alicelascelles.

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