June 17, 2014 7:58 am

Recipes for cocktails with craft beer mixers

Cocktail connoisseurs are falling for craft beers in a new way - as a mixer.

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Cocktail connoisseurs are falling for craft beers in a new way – as a mixer.

Bars around the country are tapping into the trend of mixing artisanal brews with hard liquor to create new, refreshing cocktails. Can’t see how it works? How about a bold stout blended with white chocolate liqueur? Or maybe a mojito made with blonde ale and rum?

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Beer as a mixer isn’t new, but it has seen an uptick in recent years, fueled largely by the flourishing market of excellent craft beers, according to bar consultant Jacob Grier, who’s publishing a book on beer cocktails next year called Cocktails on Tap.

Beer is a versatile ingredient that “offers tons of different possibilities that you wouldn’t get in other mixing spirits,” he says. For example, malty or fruity beers add a sweet element to a cocktail, hoppy beers add bitter and floral notes, and stouts can add a chocolate or roasted flavour.

Here are a couple of craft cocktail recipes for your July Fourth festivities. They would be a fine way to celebrate your freedom from plain-old light beers.

RICKEY BREW

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 8 ounces raspberry lambic, chilled

In a pilsner glass, combine the lime juice, gin and raspberries, using the back of a spoon to crush the raspberries. Fill with raspberry lambic, then stir gently just to combine.

(Recipe by Alison Ladman)

BLACK CREAM

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

  • 1 ounce Godiva liqueur
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 4 ounces cream soda, chilled
  • 4 ounces dark stout

In a tall glass, combine the Godiva and coffee liqueur. Slowly pour the cream soda down the side of the glass, followed by the stout.

(Recipe by Alison Ladman)

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