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…
Do you remember girls in high school stuffing their Zima’s full of skittles? No? Maybe it was a Reno thing… I guess maybe girls in other cities went with Smirnoff Ice. The point is, that generally speaking, women are not the target market when it comes to beer. I know this upsets some of you, but it is not a judgement, it is just the truth. And it is rather unfortunate if you ask me. Between the image factor, the social stigma and those damn skinny girl margaritas, what is a sophisticated (or not) beer loving lady to do?
While serving up flavored vodka after flavored vodka, I began to formulate a plan for a mixture that would appease the fairer of the sexes. This concoction caters to the fruity cocktail loving palate as well as introduces some depth and interest that will never be found at the bottom of a Whip Cream Vodka & Soda glass.
I just started playing around with beer syrup. I happened to have some Guinness in the fridge, so that was the logical ingredient. I browned some sugar and added the stout, stirring slowly and constantly for 20 minutes and let it cool. Pleasantly surprised by the depth of flavor, I couldn’t wait to get it to the bar.
As soon as I got to work I started mixing. Bourbon was the starting point. I dabbled with different liqueurs, stirring, shaking, straight pouring… Soon an audience ensued and I had lots of people suggesting and tasting. It got a little out of hand. I finally came to my conclusion– but it needed a name.
I work with some guys that are completely obsessed with Batman, Spiderman, Green Lantern… You know the type. I mean really, who is more badass than Batman? So I am pleased to introduce “The Dark Knight”