I’ve been going to quite a few more drinks events lately. A few weeks ago, it was a wine tasting at Bibendum, this past Monday I went to a sake cocktail sampling at Tsuru with Qype and on the 10th, Elements 8 is hosting A Rum Do for the second year in a row (the first one was legendary). This past weekend, however, was mostly spent mixing at home. With beer.
Beer is not huge for women in the UK, and honestly it’s not something I really go for either. There a few that I like, but if I’m out in a restaurant or at the shop, I almost always go for wine. If I’m at a bar, it’s either wine or cocktails. Beer just doesn’t even make it into my thought process.
However, there is a small, but growing movement out there that’s bent on changing that perception. With beertails – traditional cocktails made with beer. Last week I received a beer cocktail starter kit* that included 2 bottles of Blue Moon (an American wheat beer), 2 bottles of Coors Light (a VERY American beer whose typical drinkers like this sort of thing), 2 bottles of Kasteel Cru (a beer made from Champagne yeast), a bunch of little airplane-sized liquor bottles and a recipe sheet.
I tried three concoctions: an Amber Mojito, a Kru Woo and something I named Lady Marmalade
An Amber Mojito is essentially a mojito, but mixed with Coors Light instead of soda water.
I made a huge mess making this. HUGE. Mint carnage, burned simple syrup, beer head spilled all over the countertops. It was a nightmarish process for one drink. I simply do not have the mad skills to make a mojito at home. That said, I could see how the beer could work as a mojito base. It tasted like a mojito, but with an extra kick. I wondered if it would make sense to use Corona though?
A Kru Woo is Kasteel Cru with peach scnapps and cranberry juice.
The Kasteel is much more like Champagne, but with a slightly beery taste. Honestly, I preferred it by itself without all the girly accessories. Still very good.
The Lady Marmalade. I completely made this one up. It’s just Blue Moon with Cointreau floated on top.
Blue Moon is a wheat beer. And wheat beers go well with citrus flavours (Bell’s Oberon, anyone?). So I figured Blue Moon would go just swimmingly with orange liquor in it. I was right! It was delish. Much more a summer drink. I would be very happy to drink it again.
If there’s anything I’ve learned from this experiment is that you have to be careful with beer cocktails. Essentially with every cocktail, you’re taking out the only non-alcoholic part of the recipe (soda water, diet coke, whatever) and replacing it with beer. And what’s the second half of that rhyme, ‘Beer before liquor….’? It could get messy.
I can see a future for beer cocktails, but convincing the masses isn’t going to be easy. I bet it’s the kind of drink that you wouldn’t necessarily order if you didn’t know what you were getting, but if a friend ordered one and you tried it – you’d probably end up getting one yourself too. I’m going to keep an eye out, but I haven’t seen anywhere in London that does them. If you know of a place, leave a comment, and I’ll check it out because lord knows I’m never ever making a beer mojito again.
*I received the beer cocktail set to try for free from the lovely Laura on behalf of Coors, but was not paid for this post in any way. Any reviews I ever do on this blog are entirely my own views – good or bad.