Beer Cocktail Special

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Laura’s been banging on about beer cocktails for ages now – you’ve probably heard her talk about them on previous episodes.

So we decided to see what the fuss was all about. Episode 16 is in Laura’s kitchen as she mixes up four beer cocktail treats for us – Grand MargarIPA, Evening Sunset, Stouty Mary, and Tonkoko White Russian.

We also try the beers on their own as well – what will we prefer, the beer… or the cocktail version? And which will be overall winner?

We also talk about the takeover of Magic Rock Brewery and the extended beer range in Tesco.

**To make the beer cocktails yourself, here are Laura’s amazing recipes**

Grand MargarIPA
25ml tequila
15ml Grand Marnier
Half can of IPA – we used Cannonball but Punk also works well, basically any straightforward (non-adjuncted) IPA
Wedge of lime
– Stir down the spirits with ice and squeeze of lime juice. Strain into a glass and top up with the beer.

“Evening Sunset”
25ml gin
75ml pink grapefruit juice
Dash of grapefruit bitters
100ml beer – we used Abbeydale Unbeliever Guava Gose. You could use any light/fruity sour, or an IPA also works well, I’ve made it with NM New World IPA before
– Add all the liquids to a glass over ice. Garnish with a wedge of ruby grapefruit.
Stouty Mary
50ml vodka
100ml tomato juice
50ml strong stout – we used Kernel Imperial Brown. A chilli stout would work well too.
Henderson’s Relish
Tabasco
Optional: other chilli! Depending on the stout you could also add a dash of something acid, lemon juice/pickle juice, but we didn’t do this as it could have clashed with the strong stout we selected.
– Stir all ingredients apart from the stout over ice. Carefully float the stout on top using the back of a spoon. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper. Drink with caution!
Tonkoko White Russian – idea and most of the recipe from Brew York (their version is a bit fancier and massively recommended)
25ml vodka
25ml Kahlua/Tia Maria
Dash of cocoa bitters
50ml Brew York Tonkoko (Brew York use the imperial version. Any sweet stout would work!)
100ml milk
– Simply stir all the ingredients over ice and enjoy as an indulgent treat!

About the author, James

James is co-founder and co-host of the Sheffield Hopcast.

He works for a Sheffield based podcast tech company and is also a panellist on a football podcast. The Hopcast brings together two of his true loves - beer and talking.

You can normally find James propping up a bar somewhere around S11 - his locals are The Lescar, Porter Cottage, The Beer House, Ecclesall Ale Club and The Stag's Head

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