We’ve all raised a glass to the new year and are raring to uncork new trends that are continuing to evolve. Indeed, it seems to be a promising year when it comes to innovation.
It is time to rethink our drink and narrow the focus on spirits. The revival of craft cocktails can be attributed to the ever-increasing love for whisky that is driving the popularity of some niche adult beverages. Beer, our favourite cooler, has always tended to invite scepticism when considered as a cocktail ingredient. (Well, except in the case of the popular shandy perhaps.) However, beer cocktails are now steadily eliciting intrigue. Beer is proving to be a flavourful, carbonated mixer for other spirits instead of being just a solo drink. Today, beer and whisky combinations often spell sophistication and are mixed in various cocktails to accentuate their respective complexity and classic tastes.
Without further ado, let us balance the flavours of these spirits in a steamroller cocktail – a twist on the classic boilermaker. The bold are recommended rye whiskey for this cocktail-- its sharp, spicy dominance cuts through the sweetness of the liqueurs most effectively.
Mix Your Own Steamroller
Place a pint glass to chill in the freezer. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 30 ml whisky (preferably rye), 30ml St. Germain, 30 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice, 15ml cherry liqueur. Shake it well and strain the mix in to the chilled pint glass. Top it up with 1 ½ cup of steam beer. The lemon twist is an easy and inviting garnish.
When you hear the name ‘White Russian’ you know you could never go wrong with a glass of the white boozy smoothness. The White Russian has been heralded as a choice drink across books, music and films. In the cult classic ‘The Big Lebowski’, the drink is portrayed to be the perfect example of all of man’s gastronomic sins-- fat, sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
There’s nothing more sophisticated than sipping on a glass of a classic Brown Derby cocktail. Invented at the Vendôme bar in Hollywood in 1930, this smooth blend was named after the iconic chain of restaurants in 20th century Los Angeles. These were widely popular back in the day, and stood out for their distinctive ‘derby hat’ shape.
Whoever said Scotch is a difficult ingredient to mix in a cocktail may not have tasted the Blood and Sand before. Granted that Scotch by itself has distinctive, robust flavours that make for great conversations and parties. But a sip of this spiked, sweet, and citrusy liquid may pump up your spirits like nothing else.