Friday, August 20, 2010

Beer Cocktails to Try Before Summer Ends

One of my friends from my old 'hood (which happens to be San Francisco's Excelsior District) Tim Murphy suggests making a Bloody Mary with Guinness in it.  Not sure about that one, but I know the Michelada is a tasty beer treat.  Here's a few recipes for you, just to switch up your beer drinking habits* 

Making a Michelada
Beer Cocktails to Try Before Summer Ends

(from Fox 9 News) - Before throwing back another cold one to commemorate the end of summer, try one of these beer cocktails and you might be pleasantly surprised – even if you are a purist.

Michelada. The next time you are out for Mexican food, instead of ordering a margarita or a traditional Mexican Beer like a Corona, try this beer cocktail which is prepared differently depending on where you dine, the New York Post reported. However, most start with a hot sauce and clam juice mixed into a base called sangrita, which is added to a dark beer like Negra Modelo.

Black Velvet. If you want to class up your beer, then try the black velvet which Esquire magazine calls "A classic. The most elegant and delicious of beer drinks." The black velvet is served in a champagne flute filled halfway with a cold stout, such as Guinness, and then topped off with a good champagne. The magazine also suggests using Brooklyn Black Ops, if you can find it, to bring the cocktail to a whole other level.

The Cure. Drink your economic worries away with this beer cocktail created by bartender Gina Chersevani as a "cure" for the recession, according to . It is made with a light beer like Miller High Life, plus ginger liqueur and a splash of juice.

The Saint. If you're looking for a beer cocktail with an intricate array of ingredients, look no further. The Washington Post described it as a black beer that is poured on top of a mixture of Old Tom gin, St-Germain elderflower liqueur and vermouth infused Earl Grey tea.

Groundskeeper. What to do with the Budweiser that you have sitting in your fridge? Esquire suggests pairing it with a Scotch. It raises the grade of the beer and soothes the strength of the Scotch. Simply combine 1 oz. of a smoky single-malt Scotch, such as Ardbeg or Laphroaig, with 12 oz. of a beer like Budweiser, or something similar, into a pint glass.

*(DC NOTE) Or, hell, just have a damned beer. 

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