Saturday, February 1, 2014

Beer Cocktail Roundup

What do you know, the Seahawks have finally made it back to the Superbowl. While I can't pretend to feign an interest in football, all the buzz has done wonders for my social metrics at my day job. It also feeds into my unbridled love of all things Seattle. 

Time to let loose my affinity for beer cocktails! And bean dip. All seven layers of it.

Beer is a beautiful component in many a cocktail. Similar to bubbles such as prosecco, the beer add a festive effervescence to the glass. The hops bring really great citrus and bitter notes. Below I have compiled three of my favorite cocktails featuring beer. Try one - or all - of them out game day. Go Hawks!

Campari & IPA Sprtizer
1 ounce Campari

3 ounces IPA beer (quarter bottle)
lemon slice to garnish

Fill glass with ice. Pour Campari over ice, then slowly top off with beer. Twist lemon slice over the glass, rub around the rim, and drop into the glass to serve. Try swapping grapefruit for the lemon for more complex flavor.

1 ounce tequila
2-6 jalapeno slices
4 small sprigs cilantro
1/2 ounce Amaro Ciociaro
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1 ounce IPA
lime section to garnish

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the tequila with 1-3 slices jalapeno peppers and 2 sprigs cilantro. Add the Amaro Ciociaro and lime juice, and shake. Serve over ice in a highball glass. Layer in remaining jalapeno and cilantro with ice. Top with IPA.

Beer Margaritas
1 1/2 ounces tequila
Barspoon Licor 43
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
lime wedge to garnish

Shake all ingredients (excluding garnish) over ice. Serve over ice in a double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. Or check out this recipe for quick and dirty pitcher of beer margarita.

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