It is hot! Damn hot here in the Big Apple and it wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t so sticky-humid as well and being from So. Cal. I find humidity to be downright awful. So what is one to do to temper the heat? Well drink of course.
Our last post presented a small addition to an older project (The Warm Weather Drink Challenge) this time focused on our renewed interest, and liking, in beer. True to form we are at it again with another theSpeakista creation. Nothing fancy here but a little bottle diving found us holding one of our bottles of Old Tom gin and maraschino and wondering what could work? A Belgian style ale and a shaken drink? Hell yeah!
We found the below mixture enjoyable — semi sweet against a muted bitter backdrop with great botanical notes. The clear foundation of the drink was the malty core that bound it all together. Hopefully, you agree.
Note: Most of these recipes call for you keeping the remainder of the beer not used in the initial mixing nearby such that you can continue to add as you go along. In part I find that the initial drink is stronger flavor-wise on the none-beer side of the equation and adding in small amounts of beer later in the sipping process creates, in many ways, an entirely different flavor profile than was presented at the outset. You of course need not do this to enjoy (we hope) the original drink.
Small Chance of Success
Recipe created (he thinks), by theSpeakista
• 2 oz Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
• 3/4 oz maraschino liqueur
• 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
• 1/2 oz Campari
• ~ 2 oz Palm, Belgian Ale
Glass: chilled rocks or Old Fashioned glass
Tools: mixing glass and tin, bar spoon and Hawthorne strainer
Assembly: add all of the ingredients save the beer to the mixing glass/tin and shake hard and well for 10 seconds or so until well chilled. Double-strain the mixture into the serving glass that has been filled with a large rock ice and top with the beer (keep reserved beer nearby and continue to add in as needed).
Two down and a few more home spun beer creations lie ahead. Let’s see, maybe something new next time.