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Smoking cigars: before or after meals

Smoking cigars

Some cigars won’t make you feel dizzy if you smoke them on an empty stomach. However, it is always a wise idea to have a meal beforehand. If you are going to smoke a strong or a mild cigar, I would say that having dinner is a must.

Nicotine has a hidden effect, which can appear at any time of your smoke. When it does, you will feel it very quickly if your stomach is empty. That is why you should always eat before you smoke. If you don’t have time for a full-course dinner, at least eat an energy bar or some chips. Any food will make a difference. You will enjoy a cigar much more if you can smoke it from start to end without feeling woozy. In this article, I would like to give you some recommendations on what cigar you should choose based on the type of meal you may have had.

after steaks

Cigars to smoke after steaks

It is always great to have a nice smoke after a delicious dinner, especially if you have had a juicy steak with some fabulous garnish. To complete such a beautiful evening, opt for one of the most luscious, savoury and complex cigars. A full-bodied Cigarros Manrique cigar by Don Roberto Rodríguez Pardal with woody and creamy flavour would be a great choice here. Indulge in your after-dinner cigar with an aged single malt whiskey or a glass of red wine.

Cigars to smoke following fish

Cigars to smoke following fish or chicken

If you have had fish or chicken for dinner, you should consider a balanced creamy cigar like Davidoff Churchill. Velvety notes of cedar, barnyard, cashews, vanilla and leather plus soft and silky aromas make this cigar the perfect follow-up to the taste of fish or chicken.

Cigars to smoke after lobster

One of the most luxurious choices. Whether it boiled, baked or grilled, lobster always has a tender juicy texture and sumptuous flavour. It goes really well with buttery dipping sauces, which may include rosemary, garlic, herbs, lemon etc. Olivia cigars offer rich and smooth flavour. Premium Nicaraguan tobaccos feature notes of almonds, honey, cedar, cashews and a touch of spices before a silky finish. Exactly what you need after a delicious dinner like this.

Cigars to follow crab

Cigars to follow crab

Some people prefer crabs boiled in salt water, others like them steamed and covered with seasoning. Crabs have a buttery and sweet taste and a medium-bodied Olivia cigar with notes of leather, wood and nuts will be the best choice after such a dinner.  

 after a spicy meal

Cigars to smoke after a spicy meal

Do you like spicy food like curry, hot chicken wings, tom yum, spicy meatballs etc.? Then you should have a fine cigar afterwards. If your dish was loaded with lots of pepper, paprika, cayenne or jalapeno, consider an intense but balanced Henk cigar with spicy notes and robust taste and aroma.

food to eat before a cigar

Cigars to follow a dessert

If you prefer a chocolate cake with tea, a Tiramisu with a cappuccino or a crème brûlée with a shot of espresso, you should finish the night with something like Partagas Serie D No. 4. A premium Cuban cigar with sweet, spicy, woody, creamy and floral notes will perfectly pair with a glass of port, rum or cognac.

How to choose appropriate food to eat before a cigar

There are no strict rules about what you can eat and what you cannot before smoking a cigar. It is always the matter of personal preferences. The best way to figure out what meal is the best before a cigar is to try different types of food. Experiment and you will find what works perfectly for you.  


Many men prefer to enjoy a cigar after a good dinner. However, some people like to smoke during a meal. I personally choose to savour my food and my cigar separately. This way I can fully experience all the flavours. Though, I love to have a cigar with Negroni or Americano cocktail. Drinks and cigars always complement each other if you pair them right.

Some cheese, olives and crackers sometimes are appropriate while smoking as well. However, you should avoid eating sweets while smoking. Most of the desserts won’t taste good in this case. You can use a cigar as a replacement for dessert.

Alessandro Rocco Pietrocola is an entrepreneur, fintecher, investor, blogger and author based in London and operating mainly in Europe, Asia and Oceania with main focus on UK, Baltic Countries, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, UAE, Middle East and New Zealand as area of interest! At the moment is the CEO of Astorts Group. He is an UK FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) and NZ FSPR (Financial Service Provider Register) Approved Person and has great experience as director of regulated companies.
He uses to dedicate part of his life to inspire others and help them achieve the most out of their lives. Since he was 20, he had successfully founded and managed several companies operating in the field of management consulting, wealth management and fintech. He is Member of Institute of Directors in London, Member of Changer Club in Riga, Member of Fintech Association of Hong Kong, Member of Singapore Fintech Association, Member of Non Executive Director Association in London and Member of Alumni Network of Draper University in San Francisco. He loves travelling, he is a cigars lover, an amateur golfer and a dapper man.

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