Get adventurous with your cocktails! Why not try a beer based one from Jacob Grier’s Cocktails On Tap.
How about this little pink number? Beer cocktails and pink drinks: Who says they’re mutually exclusive?
1 egg white
2 oz. (60 ml) gin, preferably Small’s
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. Kriek Syrup, see recipe below
Raspberries, for garnish
Combine the ingredients in a shaker and shake without ice to aerate the egg white. Add ice and shake again. Strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the raspberries.
1 cup (240 ml) Kriek Lambic Reduction, see below
1 cup (200 g) sugar
Combine the kriek reduction and sugar in a pot and heat, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Store the syrup in a sealed bottle in the refrigerator. It will keep for several weeks.
Makes about 1 3/4 cups (420 ml)
KRIEK LAMBIC REDUCTION
2 (12-oz./360-ml) bottles or 1 (25-oz./750-ml) bottle kriek
2 lemons, thinly sliced
1/4 cup (30 g) rose hips
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
Pour the kriek into a pot. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer over low to medium heat until reduced by about one-third. Let the reduction cool to room temperature, strain and store it in a sterilized glass bottle in the refrigerator. It will keep for a couple of weeks.
Makes about 1 cup (240 ml)
Beer cocktails and pink drinks: Who says they’re mutually exclusive? The Zelda gets its rosy hue from a syrup made with a kriek reduction. I sought additional ways to use the reduction, and found that mixing it with an equal volume of sugar made a tart, flavourful and vibrantly coloured ingredient for cocktails. It’s sort of like making a grenadine out of beer.
This drink is a straightforward spin on a classic Clover Club, with the sweetness coming from the kriek syrup. Shaking it with egg white gives it a soft texture that makes it dangerously easy to drink.
I generally avoid specifying brands of spirits in this book, but I make an exception in this case for the Oregon-made Small’s Gin from Ransom Spirits. Distilled with raspberries and cardamom among its botanicals, it has fruit and spice notes that can be difficult to work with in some gin cocktails. In the right drink, however, it sings. This is the right drink. Other gins will do satisfactorily too, but if Small’s is available I highly recommend using it.
Text copyright © 2015 by Jacob Grier
Photographs copyright © 2015 by David L. Reamer