3 Awesome Beer Cocktails To Try This Week
Beer is awesome. Nothing beats a tall, frosty mug of ice-cold beer after work. Except maybe two mugs of ice-cold beer. Or three. But sometimes, you feel just a little bit adventurous. Sometimes you just want to spice things up in your life. You want that mug of beer to be more than just a plain old mug of beer. That’s why beer cocktails exist. You get the comforting familiarity of your favourite brew plus that extra bit of “oomph”.
Not the German band though.
Here are three beer cocktails to get you started.
Black and Tan
The Black and Tan is your entry-level beer cocktail. While other beer cocktails will have you assembling a variety of different ingredients, the Black and Tan has just two ingredients. It’s basically a cocktail made up of two different beers. The “black” part is just a stout and the “tan” part is just a pale ale. That’s all there is to it.
Also fun fact: In Irish history, the Black and Tans were a British police force infamous for being somewhat violent when they fought against the Irish Republican Army in the 1920s. So when you’re in Ireland, try to refer to the drink by its other name, the Half-and-Half.
0.5 pint Stout
0.5 pint Lager
Fill a pint halfway with pale ale.
Top up with the stout by slowly pouring it over the back of a spoon.
This cocktail has an ominous name for two reasons. One, it is extremely potent. Seriously. This drink packs a killer punch. The other reason is that it is rumoured to be created by Anthony Burgess, the author of A Clockwork Orange. This is the same man who introduced us to the concepts of droogs and ultra-violence. According to the man himself, this cocktail is “very smooth… and induces a somehow metaphysical elation, and rarely leaves a hangover … I recommend this for a quick, though expensive, lift.” And nothing says “awesome cocktail” quite like metaphorical elation.
In the dystopian future, milk is more potent than beer cocktails.
2 fingers of Gin
2 fingers of Whisky
2 fingers of Rum
2 fingers of Port
2 fingers of Brandy
1 bottle (or can) of Stout
1 splash of Champagne
Pour doubles of the following into a pint glass: gin, whisky, rum, port, and brandy.
Add a small bottle of stout and top with champagne.
The El Matador is a concoction from Red Rooster Harlem in New York. It is an essentially a modified version of a standard Mexican beer cocktail, the Michelada. Traditionally, a Michelada is made with hot sauce, tomato juice, soy sauce and Maggi seasoning, giving it a very savoury kick. The El Matador, however, is a mix of sweet, savoury and mouth-watering heat with chili peppers, salt, strawberries, basil and lime juice as some of its ingredients.
2 oz. Tequila
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
0.5 oz. Agave Nectar
2 strawberries and 4 basil leaves
Muddle strawberries and basil leaves.
Add tequila, lime juice and agave nectar.
Shake and strain through a sifter into a glass full of ice.
Top with pilsner.
Garnish the rim with chili pepper and salt.
Add a whole strawberry and basil leaf.
The recipes and photos are courtesy of www.pastemagazine.com