In honor of both Iron Maiden releasing their own beer this week and it’s name sake being my favorite dive bar in Orange County I present to you my version of the M
oscow Mule. With history steeped in the British colonial presence in India, Crabbies Scottish Ginger Beer has been brewed since the early 1800′s and enjoyed world wide! They suggest drinking this ale over ice, but I took it to the next level with a little bit of vodka and some fresh ingredients.
Simple and refreshing, this cocktail can be premade in a pitcher and enjoyed during the warm days to come! Continue Reading
Spring is launching into full on summer mode pretty soon and looking for fun and fresh cocktail ideas for your brunches and lunches becomes a priority. Last week I was playing around with lambics and got the idea of trying to make a milkshake flavored cocktail. So, I did a little experimentation and came up with this recipe featuring cake vodka and instead of tasting like a milkshake I thought it was more in the realm of a shortcake. My serendipitous recipe is as follow:
I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately and those that follow me on twitter have most likely seen the daily gym check-ins. In line with my kick, I’ve gone back to drinking my favorite semi-alcoholic morning beverage: Kombucha. Kombucha is an amazing drink full of antioxidants and microbes that do everything from detoxifying your filthy self to killing that hangover you’re working on. As great as Kombucha sounds, its taste is not for everyone. Being fairly acidic to some, kombucha tastes slightly of vinegar. Keeping that in mind, I thought it would do wonderfully with a sour or fruit beer and that’s when the Cherry Chia Cocktail was born.
Being fairly new to the “Beermixology” party I figured I should start out slow and work my way into more complicated combinations. That is why my first Beer Cocktail is really easy and was first introduced to me at a Deschutes Brewing #BeerBaseCamp Celebrating Women and Craft Beer event at Soulful Soups and Spirits in Spokane WA.
Now I had never been to Soulful Soups before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Was I pleasantly surprised.
It is not a very big, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in charm. Art adorns the walls and the space is used really well. You don’t feel crowded or like you are sitting on top of other people. Besides being impressed with the look and feel the staff and the food did not disappoint. Continue Reading
For a recent beer event, I was challenged to develop a beer cocktail using a Baltic Porter. Unique for its ability to be brewed with both lager and ale yeast, the Baltic Porter was originally developed as an export version of the English Porter destined for the Baltic Sea ports.
Inspired by the beer’s heritage, I decided to follow a “Baltic” theme. Naturally, vodka was the first spirit to come to mind. While doing research, I found that the blackcurrant is native to Northern Europe. In fact, Poland, Russia and Germany are the largest producers of the blackcurrant. (Source: AgroAtlas). Known most commonly for its use in the “Kir” and “Kir Royale” cocktails, Creme de Cassis ia a sweet, dark red liqueur produced from blackcurrants. As with most liqueurs, it is available in both commercial and artisan forms — and is also quite simple to make, if you have access to black currants. Continue Reading
Not your father’s Radler. There’s no lemonade or ginger beer here to save your little soul. This is a Radler to put hair on your chest!–Well maybe not quite, but it’s a fun take on the traditional Bavarian Radler in cocktail format! Continue Reading
Let’s face it, the Cosmo was sooooo last decade. Yet, weirdly enough, it still remains one of the most commonly ordered drinks at bars. I blame this partially on lack of bartender creativity combined with lack of knowledge on the consumer end.
Anyways…. I almost never drink vodka, partly because I think it’s a flavorless spirit that adds nothing but an alcoholic backbone to cocktails, but mostly because I am a gin girl. I recently found myself in possession of vodka, leftover from an evening of Bloody Beers with a fellow beer mixologist, and said what the hell, let’s use it. Since, naturally, I am a gin martini girl, the first vodka cocktail I could think of was the Cosmopolitan. Not typically a fan of the Cosmo, I took it upon myself to sex up the concoction with a beeralicious twist.
For much of my adult life I have considered beer to be my tipple of choice. In fact, I think it is safe to say that remains true today. It wasn’t until recently that I began to explore the art behind mixing up a cocktail. Sure, there was my early drinking years when I’d toss some concentrated margarita mix in a blender with some booze and knock out a concoction with little other purpose than to “get the job done.” But as I continue to grow older, I discover myself become more cognizant of the flavor nuances that craft mixology can offer. On occasion am not averse to a “slopped together” Bloody Mary. In some instances, like pre-boarding at the Denver International Airport after a liver-pounding weekend at the Great American Beer Festival, a ghettofabulous Bloody served at a terminal chain restaurant/pub can suit me just fine (and again back to my “get the job done” roots).
Thoughts of Christmas always seem to conger up memories of sitting by the fire, drinking winter warm
ers and spending time with friends and family. Those same holiday memories also tie strongly into some of our favorite flavors and aromas of the season. One classic combination that stands out for me around the holidays is the traditional Chocolate Orange that so many of us have found in our stockings over the years.
For this winter inspired beer cocktail I have combined Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout, Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka, and Combier Orange Liqueur in a rich and velvety take on a classic Christmas tradition.