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Nobel Hops … Redux

Okay, okay … so sue me.  Some times I cheat a bit and our post today, following up on our most recent adventure experimenting with the noble hops, finds us riffing our own creation.

While it takes a bit of tweaking and modifying, beer pairs wonderfully well with spirits and so taking my own lead I thought to pair the bold goodness of a stout with a mixture of gins, amaro and sherry and see how the entire mess (I mean mixture) would work when in julep form.  The Mambo No. 5 was offered up at a recent TDN … the jury is still out as to if others think it works but by my humble/feeble/warped taste buds it works quite nicely.  The malty aroma of the stout grabs your senses and upon sipping you get a nice wave that seems to build with each sip, of botanicals and a pervading glow of layered sweetness. As the ice slowly melts, the stout blends more with the mixture creating a rich mouth feel and lingering, low bitterness.

Mambo No. 5
Recipe created by theSpeakista  

•    1 1/2 oz Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
•    1 oz Beefeater Gin
•    1/2 oz Meletti amaro
•    1/2 oz Lustau East India Solera Sherry
•    1 tsp. cane or rich 2:1 simple syrup
•    ~ 2 oz of stout
Garnish: none
Glass: julep or rocks glass
Tools: bar-spoon

Assembly: Build as a julep combining all of the ingredients in the glass (save the stout), fill the glass half-full with crushed ice and swizzle for a minute or two.  Top with additional crushed ice and float the stout on top of the ice.  Insert straw and sip, sip, sip away …

Not a bad effort on our part, especially as this was in part a throw away from our most recent MxMo entry and surely could have been a quirky entry into our Julep Jubilee experience.

Got any wacky beer-based drinks hiding in your closet?

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  • Shiraz July 24, 2011, 3:14 pm

    This is one of mine that EMP’s featured a few times:

    Blood and Saison
    .75 Punt e Mes Sweet Vermouth
    .75 Cherry Heering
    .75 Orange Juice
    Saison Beer (Hennepin usually used)
    Islay Scotch

    Shake, double strain onto ice in Rx glass, top with a barspoon of Islay Scotch and orange twist.

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