It seems as though every other person is drinking an IPA these days so it’s a natural extension to move the IPA category into the realm of the cocktail. The goal of the Albatross was to pick up and compliment the citrus notes of an IPA, while adding an aromatic pine note and amping up the alcohol a bit. What really makes this cocktail unique is the use of dried hops muddled with simple syrup. So let’s get to it.
1 oz American Dry Gin such as Bluecoat
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 oz hop muddled simple syrup
6 oz Stone IPA
Rosemary Sprig for garnish
To make the hop syrup, take 1/4 oz of dried aroma hops (such as Cascade, Citra, Simcoe, etc) and 1 oz of simple syrup. Muddle to combine and strain through a fine mesh filter.
For the cocktail, combine the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a tulip glass and top with 6 oz of Stone IPA. Garnish with a Rosemary sprig.