This is a beer cocktail inspired by the Americano. That refreshingly bitter combination of Campari, Italian Vermouth and Soda water was 007′s first drink of choice in Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale. Using a beer from a Louisiana brewery (state bird: Pelican) for the fizz as well as the bitter addition that the Pale Ale style offers, is the twist on this classic. The use of rich Carpano Antica, sweeter Aperol, and a touch of Maraschino to give it more body, makes for a great tall drink.
The grapefruit garnish highlights the American hops used in Bayou Teche’s Biere Pale, as well as the bitter citrus notes in Aperol.