I was recently challenged to make a Belgian Wit inspired beer cocktail for an upcoming event with Maui Brewing Company. When I think of pale malt beers that boast fruity, floral and slightly spicy esters — I always gravitate towards Gin. The botanical nature of gin is an excellent match for the lighter Belgian ales, such as wits and saisons.
The recipe inspiration came from the classic “Silver Fizz” — a gin based cocktail with lemon juice, sugar, egg whites and soda water. In an effort to add more flavor, I substituted the sugar with Elderflower syrup and the soda water with Maui Brewing’s La Perouse Belgian Wit-style Ale.
In order to incorporate more botanicals into the mix, I went with one of my favorite gins, St. George Spirits Botanivore. The result is a bright and refreshing, moderately tart and slight floral beer cocktail perfect for the hot spring and summer months.
- 1.5 oz. St. George Botanivore Gin
- .5 oz. fresh lemon juice
- .5 oz. Monin’s Elderflower Syrup
- .25 oz. pasterized egg whites
- 4 oz. Maui Brewing La Perouse (Belgian Wit)
Vigorously shake gin, lemon juice, syrup and egg whites with ice. Pour over cracked ice, top with the beer.