Beer Cocktails: Never Shaken, Always Stirred!

Let's get experimental . . .

To celebrate New Year in a true Beer Detective style, I will be investigating Beer Cocktails. We’ve always been told not to mix our drinks. Historically, even the Pope himself agreed, sending forth a Papal edict prohibiting monks from mixing beer & wine (they liked the good life a bit too much). Beer purists will not be happy at the thought of diluting the precious liquid but as life is too short, I say drink, eat & explore! So in order to expand our epicurian horizons, my friends, I have been on a fact-finding mission. Now, you may have tried traditional mixes like Shandy (mixing beer with lemonade) also known as a Radler in Germany. Black Velvet is another famous blend that is worth a try, mixing Guinness with Champagne. In Belgium, we have Mazout, a mixture of Lager beer & Cola. I want to go a bit further however & have found some more exotic concoctions, adding spirits, wines & even non-alcoholic drinks & ice cream! Below I have listed 6 of my favourites. Go ahead, you only live once!

Noord Express Mix by gently strirring ½ bottle of Žywiec Polish Lager beer with the juice of 1 lemon, 2cl/3 teaspoons of vodka & 2cl/3 teaspoons cherry liqueur and serve over crushed ice in wide glasses

Cherry Brown Mix by stirring 1 bottle of Newcastle Brown ale beer with 8cl/ 80ml of Kirsch, 1 teaspoon of Muscovado sugar & crushed ice. Serve in wide, stemmed glasses and garnish with Maraschino or cocktail cherries

White Lady Pour 4 bottles of Belgian-style Hoegaarden white beer into a large bowl or jug. Add ice, 15cl/150ml of gin, a dash of Cointreau, the juice & zest of one lemon & 2 teaspoons of caster sugar. Serve in Champagne flutes over ice cubes and garnish with a twist of lemon zest & fresh coriander leaves

Orange Blossom Special Mix 1 can of Carlsberg Special Brew (yes really, give it a try!) with 15cl/5 tablespoons Grand Marnier, the juice of 2 oranges & 2 tablespoons of caster sugar. Serve over crushed ice in small tumblers & garnish with an orange slice

Strawberry Float Whisk up ½ a bottle of Fruli strawberry beer with 1 teaspoon of icing sugar (sieved) to form a frothy foam. Pour the other half of the bottle over 1 scoop of vanilla or strawberry ice cream & add the beer foam. Garnish with strawberry halves & grated chocolate

Cherry Glühbier Gently warm 2 bottles of Liefmans Fruitesse with a small cinnamon stick, 1 clove, a vanilla pod & 1 tablespoon of Muscovado sugar. Serve in tea glasses or small mugs (be careful as the beer will foam up when warm).

Source and inspiration “150 Verassende Biercocktails” by Jef Van den Steen.

Thanks to hoppsy.com for the picture!

For further reading & inspiration: epicurious.comesquire.com

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