Bitter, sour, spicy, sweet and smokey — Smokin’ Hops was designed for those of us that like to live life on the edge.
Mezcal fills the mouth and nose with hints of smoke, while fresh serrano chiles tingle the tongue. The mouth slightly puckers from the combination of fresh lemon and hop bitterness. And then all is calmed by the crisp and refreshing carbonation of the beer.
Smoky and bitter with a hint of heat and slight tartness, this cocktail is both warming and refreshing. It will warm you up in the winter, and add a little kick to your routine in the summer. Smokin’ Hops is a perfect match for anything off the grill — especially smoked meats.
And beware, this drink will bite you.
100 + degree weather in Reno this week! Trying to beat the heat and relax on the deck after a long shift behind the bar, this came to mind…
1.5 oz Tru Organic Gin
.75 oz Fruitlab Hibiscus Organic Liqueur
.75 oz Simple Syrup
.5 oz Pink Grapefruit
.25 oz Lemon
Shake and strain into a tall glass on the rocks
Top with Lagunitas IPA
Garnish with Grapefruit Zest
Refreshing, zesty and goes down so quick on a hot night. Give it a try…
One of the best things about using beer in cocktails is that the possibilities are endless. There are thousands of beers out there, each with its own flavor profile. In addition to just using beer on its own as an ingredient, beer can also easily be turned into a flavored syrup or liqueur, opening up new avenues of creativity for beer cocktails.
I think that the use of beer syrups in cocktails is a fantastic way to incorporate the flavors of a beer without adding carbonation to your drink, because lets face it, not every drink needs to be bright and sparkly. Sometimes you need something stronger that is going to linger in the glass a while.
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.
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Although some might argue otherwise, the term shandy typically refers to a drink consisting of beer mixed with citrus-flavored soda, carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale, or cider. The proportions normally half-and-half, but can vary depending on the ingredients.
The most popular shandy is cider blended with beer, equal parts each, also known as a Snakebite.
But considering the entire spectrum of beer and all the new flavors of ciders being produced, it would be silly to call all beer and cider blends snakebites. This particular shandy is not actually my own handiwork, but the brainchild of Bison Brewing and Ace Cider, who partnered up for a beer & cider event recently. This particular blend was my favorite…
Although there are no official rules for beer mixology, some spirits pair extraordinary well with certain styles of beer. Case and point: American India Pale Ale + tequila.
More commonly referred to as IPA, the India Pale Ale is a hop forward style originally developed for export from England to India. The antiseptic nature of hops makes it a natural preservative, which helped enhance the self-like of the beer as it endured the long boat voyage around the continent of Africa.
Although conceptually similar to their English cousins, American IPAs are characterized by the use of American hops, which yield aromas of citrus, pine and resin. They boast medium-high to very high hop bitterness, very light malt character, significant carbonation and a dry finish.
And this brings us to tequila.When it comes to buying tequila, products with 100% agave are by far the most preferred and highest quality on the market. Un-aged (aka Blanco) tequila is known for being floral, citrusy, and slightly bitter — making directly complimentary to the American IPA. Continue Reading
Breakfast cocktails are almost a necessity when on vacation, brunching, early morning tailgating, or waking up from a rough night out on the town. Mimosas are great, and definitely serve a purpose. But some days require a bit more alcohol than others.
Worthy of drinking any hour of the day, this eye-opening beverage starts with a base of muddled mango, lemon juice and agave nectar. Throw in a bit of Bourbon, IPA, and a dash of Angostura bitters… and the day is ready to begin!
Starting this blog off right with a jolt to all the scotch fanatics. Those who scoff at adding ice or water beware, I’m about to suggest adding something far more impure to your beloved scotch: Tower 10 IPA by Karl Strauss. The peat cuts right through that hop aroma creating a symbiotic nuance of citrus and peat. Scoff all you want but make one of these and this is all you’ll want after a difficult day at work.