This cocktail has a base in a classic. The Pimm’s Cup. This variation uses fresh citrus juice, Pimm’s No. 1 a bit of Demerara sugar and a wheat beer that lends it’s citrus qualities to this refreshing drink. I like Hitachino Nest White Ale, it has a touch of spice that goes nicely with Pimm’s and plenty of citrus. The other go to is my local NOLA Brewing Co. 7th Street Wheat, which also has great lemon notes.
This is my favorite beer cocktail of the moment. Hitachino Nest White Ale is one of my favorite beers. For starters, it tastes awesome. Secondly it is great to watch someone who only drinks mass-produced lagers try this and fall in love with this beer. It also has great flavors that can easily translate into a cocktail.
This beer cocktail was inspired by my bar’s version of a Dark and Stormy where we use a house-made ginger syrup instead of the usual canned ginger beer. There is also a close connection to a French 75 in this recipe. The Witbier works great because the spices in it work in harmony with the spicy ginger, and the citrus in the Combier and in the beer work make a delicious match. I think Cognac is partial to orange, and the Cherry Heering is a natural match. The Boston Bittahs add to the herbal quality and also lend a lightness to the general flavor profile.
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This is a beer cocktail inspired by the Americano. That refreshingly bitter combination of Campari, Italian Vermouth and Soda water was 007’s first drink of choice in Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale. Using a beer from a Louisiana brewery (state bird: Pelican) for the fizz as well as the bitter addition that the Pale Ale style offers, is the twist on this classic. The use of rich Carpano Antica, sweeter Aperol, and a touch of Maraschino to give it more body, makes for a great tall drink.
The grapefruit garnish highlights the American hops used in Bayou Teche’s Biere Pale, as well as the bitter citrus notes in Aperol.