“Are you ready for some football …”

by KeithP on February 7, 2011

It’s Super Bowl time baby …

Not really having a team in this fight and for a variety of reasons it being just our little family, the game became what it usually is for The Boss and I, all about the food (and now drinks).

So what do you imbibe while watching the game … a classic Manhattan; a Sidecar; a Moscow Mule?  HELL NO!! Football requires beer! Beer is what was required and beer was what we had.

As a novice cocktalian and semi-unsophisticated imbiber I opted to have beer, but in cocktail form. My mind was drawn back to our several excursions into beer-based cocktail bliss this past summer and was reminded of a drink that sounded all together fantastic at the time of reading but for some reason, had never made its way down my gullet.  This Super Bowl was a chance to correct that long overdue mistake.

El Jimador’s Shifty
Recipe created by Philip Ward of Mayaheul in NYC (sourced from Star Chefs) – adapted below by theSpeakista

•    3/4 oz pineapple infused Del Maguey mezcal (used Sombra)
•    1/2 oz fresh lime juice
•    1/4 oz cane syrup
•    1 12 oz bottle of Negra Modelo beer
Garnish: lime wedge; rim glass with a mixture of sea salt, cayenne pepper and sugar
Glass: tall glass or Collins glass
Tools: mixing glass and tin, Hawthorne strainer and a fine mesh strainer

Assembly: Combine all of the non-garnish ingredients except the beer in a cocktail shaker, add ice, shake well for at least 15 seconds until well chilled and double strain into the serving glass. Add the beer, garnish as noted above and enjoy.

The verdict: What a refreshing way to enjoy the game.  This strikes me as another perfect warm weather bracer — refreshing on the palate with a nice balance of citrus, sweetness and bitter.  This past summer I swung into gear trying several different types of beer-based drinks. In the case of the “shifty” and being a convert to the church of mezcal I was quite interested to see how the interplay between the normally dominate leading vicar of a spirit and the rather demure parishioners would play out in the glass.

In an all-together surprising twist of mixology wonder, the smokiness of the mezcal is more of a supporting character.  The herbal and smoky quality lingers on the after palate versus dominating at the start.  The slight bitterness of the fine Negra Modelo is used to great effect here not only taming the spirit but balanced and enhanced by freshness from the citrus and a tinge of sweetness.  Great job Phil!

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

DJ HawaiianShirt February 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Negra Modelo is in my top 2 favorite beers, period. It also goes great in almost any “beer-tail”, I can attest!

KeithP February 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm

You got it … b/w the NM, Guinness and Hoegaarden … life is pretty good with those three beers.

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