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
Glass: julep or rocks glass
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?