Cocktails On Tap


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?

Zelda Cocktail



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

Serves 1

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)


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.

Cocktails On Tap

Text copyright © 2015 by Jacob Grier

Photographs copyright © 2015 by David L. Reamer