The holidays have come and gone, but the time for sitting around a fire sipping good strong drinks with friends will continue for several months, especially here in the Pacific Northwest. Of course there are a variety of really nice winter ales on the market, but sometimes you need something with a little more kick than your average spiced ale.
For this drink I wanted to pair one of my favorite spirits, rye whiskey, with a style of beer that is perfect for the long winter nights. I came up with the idea for this drink while playing around with beer syrups, but I wanted a cocktail that wouldn’t require homemade ingredients. The pairing of orange and chocolate notes in this drink works really well making it a great sipper.
Any Imperial Stout with chocolaty notes will do, but Old Rasputin works perfectly. Likewise, I would suggest a bold and spicy rye whiskey.
The Outlaw Czar
2 oz Rye Whiskey
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
4-5 Dashes Orange Bitters
4 oz Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout