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Warm Weather Drink Challenge: I hate cold weather …


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… then again I absolutely hate the hot, muggy, sticky heat of a NYC summer day.  Yes, I can’t make up my mind … typically mixed-up as always. So what is a cocktailian to do?  Dawn a parka and sip a hot toddy or pine for the day when I can sit on my balcony and hope for spring-like temperatures sipping something bold, yet refreshing?

You got it … wait, what is this song lyric that I can’t seem to get out of my head (damn The Voice!!) …  “I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now” … “I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now”

I guess appropriate for my first post in many moons and it is true, I do want to get to know my little creation below, much better.

Beer is a totally typical warm weather drink.  Cold, flavorful (if you pick the right one) and awesome a sipper in such a climate as we long for.  So we set out to create something a touch original (we hope, we think) using beer as a sub for a favorite cold weather drink.

A beer-based Negroni riff?  Hell yeah!  Our Trigger Event seeks to take the best parts of a Negroni – herbal, sweet and bitter – and instead of using the typical Campari component, subs in a really lovely IPA-style beer as the bittering agent.  Mixed, poured and served over ice, when first sipped by your humble correspondent my first notes read like I just came home for shore leave after years on the sea.  Bracing, warming, bitter and mood defining — helping me embrace the cold weather outside my window and yet cooled as though a warm spring/summer breeze was wafting across my face.

Tasting notes:  

“A Negroni for beer drinkers.  A drink for those who aren’t quite sure they like bitter flavors yet semi-sweet and cold enough to say, “stay, keep sipping.””  

There is nice early harmony with the herbal and vegetal notes of the gin and vermouth paired against an equally nice fruity component.”

Do I think the below ratios, my 3rd iteration, is the absolute best, or most refined version of the drink? Probably not.  I would like to see a touch more sweetness to counter the IPA’s boldness and so some tweaking is in order.  I do however, like it enough to offer it up to the masses to try.

As always, please comment on the post and let us know.

Trigger Event
Recipe created by theSpeakista

•    1 1/2 oz higher proof gin (Hayman’s Royal Dock of Deptford was used)
•    1 1/2 oz Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
•    1 tsp. simple syrup  
•    ~4 oz IPA-style beer (Lagunitas “Little Sumpin’, Sumpin’ Ale”)
Garnish: none
Glass: cocktail glass (we used a tall Collin’s glass filled with ice)
Tools: mixing glass, strainer and bar spoon

Assembly: add all ingredients, save the beer, to the mixing glass with ice and stir for 20 or 30 revolutions.  Strain into the serving glass also filled with ice. Top with the beer, give a light stir to mix.  Sip, repeat, and smile about the warm weather soon to be upon us.


There we are.  Back in the game?  Ok boy, not so fast.  Post a few more times and then we’ll get excited.

If you are bold enough to give our above little creation a try, please let us know what you think?

See you back here soon enough!

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