While beer being used as an ingredient in modern cocktails has gotten a lot of press as of late, this is not a new trend. Beer has played a historical role in mixed drinks for centuries. For example, it can be found in Colonial drinks like the Rumfustian, Porter Sangaree, and Ale Flip. While many of these drinks are not seen in modern bars save for craft cocktail establishments, other beer drinks are though, including the Boilermaker, Black Velvet, and Michelada. And present day mixologists are utilizing beer with great success including Kelly Slagle’s Port of Funchal, Jacob Grier’s Averna Stout Flip, and Emma Hollander’s Word to Your Mom. Bartenders are drawn to beer for a variety of reasons including the glorious malt and roast notes from the grain, the bitter and sometimes floral elements from the hops, the interesting sour or fruity notes from the yeast, and the crispness and bubbles from the carbonation. Beer is not just for pint glasses, so let us honor beer of all styles as a drink ingredient.
I for one am a fan of beer cocktails. I have already done a couple of beer cocktails such as Pirate’s Gold and In Flanders Fields. And today I am feeling extra generous so I am going to give you all a two for one special.
For the first drink, my beer element will be incorporated in the form of a beer syrup. I really like using the beer syrup as it can be used as both a sweetener and a bold flavoring element. Beer syrup is essentially a beer reduction with a load of sugar added to it. You can make it from any type of beer, but usually a beer with a distinctive flavor works the best. This particular cocktail utilizes a Belgian Trippel syrup paired with Benedictine. The bold flavor of the demerara rum provides a great backbone as well.
The Dutch Monk
2 oz Demerrara Rum
1/2 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz Beer Syrup
The second drink uses beer as a prominent ingredient. It is rich, flavorful and packs a punch. A base of rye whiskey is coupled with Grand Marnier and orange bitters and topped of by a generous portion of Imperial Stout. The orange flavors of the Grand Marnier and bitters couple very nicely with the rye, as well as the chocolate notes in the stout.
The Outlaw Czar
2 oz Rye Whiskey
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
1/8 oz Orange Bitters
6 oz Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
So there you have it. Two beer cocktails to quench your thirst. Different styles of beer highlighted in different styles of cocktails. If you are interested in finding more beer cocktails, head over to the Cocktail
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