I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately and those that follow me on twitter have most likely seen the daily gym check-ins. In line with my kick, I’ve gone back to drinking my favorite semi-alcoholic morning beverage: Kombucha. Kombucha is an amazing drink full of antioxidants and microbes that do everything from detoxifying your filthy self to killing that hangover you’re working on. As great as Kombucha sounds, its taste is not for everyone. Being fairly acidic to some, kombucha tastes slightly of vinegar. Keeping that in mind, I thought it would do wonderfully with a sour or fruit beer and that’s when the Cherry Chia Cocktail was born.
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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