While beer has widely been known to be mixed into great concoctions for decades, there is a new found romantic relationship with beer-tails. (The modern day version of your grandpa’s beer float) With the ever evolving world of beer, spirits and mixology it is not wonder how the beverage crowd has elevated the beer cocktail into a stratosphere that can hold its own on a modern day menu. With all of the IPA, stouts, lagers and variety of beer that are available I’m excited to share with you my favorite three recipes to impress your beer geek friends.
1). The Hungry Hungry Hipster
- 2 ounces Zwack
- 1 ounce fresh orange juice
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- Miller High Life, to top
- Garnish: half orange wheel
- Add the Zwack, orange juice, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain over ice into a Collins glass, top with Miller High Life, and add the garnish.
2). Pimm’s Cup
- 2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 1/4 ounce simple syrup (1:1, sugar:water)
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- soda water
- Garnish: cucumber spear or slice, mint sprig, seasonal berries and citrus (optional)
- In a Collins glass, add Pimm’s, lemon juice and simple syrup and stir.
- Add ice, top with soda water and bitters and stir gently to mix.
- Garnish lavishly like a flower arrangement with a cucumber slice, fresh mint sprig, berries, citrus and a pocket square.
- 1 ounce Zirbenz Pine Liqueur (see Editor’s Note)
- 1/2 ounce falernum
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- 3 ounces lager, Vienna-style
- Garnish: lime wheel and sprig of rosemary
- Add pine liqueur, falernum and lime juice to a Collins glass.
- Add ice and top with lager.
- Garnish with a lime wheel and a sprig of rosemary.
*One artisanal beer a day keeps the doctor away.