The Big Blue Beer Cocktail

The Big Blue Beer Cocktail
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The Big Blue Beer Cocktail
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You might call beer cocktails the happy compromise between the beer enthusiast and the cocktail drinker. Raffaelo VanCouten, senior mixologist at New York's 675 Bar, recommends using beers with great texture and layers of flavors. "I tend to look for anything unique, with bigger, more interesting flavors — but the key, the challenge, really, is to find a nice balance with the spirit." For that part of the equation, he suggests using spirits like whiskey and gin over something more neutral (like vodka) because they have a more pronounced character.

But his most helpful tip? "What I would recommend is to taste all of the ingredients by themselves — the spirit, the beer, the other flavoring agents — before putting the cocktail together. That way when you do, you can look for all of those individual notes and make sure they're in balance."

For this Giants-themed drink, he combines citrusy Blue Moon beer with peppery rye, blood orange purée, lemon juice, and simple syrup.

 

1
Servings
303
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce rye
  • 1 ounce blood orange purée
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces Blue Moon beer, or any citrusy beer
  • 1 pretzel stick, for garnish

Directions

In a cocktail shaker, combine first 4 ingredients and shake with ice. Strain over fresh ice into a tall glass and top with beer. Garnish with a pretzel stick and serve during the Big Game.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
12g
17%
Sugar
8g
9%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
34mg
11%
Carbohydrate, by difference
42g
32%
Protein
8g
17%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Calcium, Ca
37mg
4%
Choline, total
25mg
6%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Fluoride, F
40µg
1%
Folate, total
19µg
5%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
30mg
9%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
79mg
11%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
15µg
27%
Sodium, Na
350mg
23%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
89g
3%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Cocktail Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Cocktail Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.