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.
At a time when spiffy new cocktails are in vogue, revelling in the past is often a welcome change. After all, even the most foamed and smoked, avant-garde cocktail bars also rave over the classics. Why? Because the best of vintage cocktails have been groomed so perfectly over decades that they never become obsolete. Old is gold indeed.
The origins of the ‘Presbyterian’ raises an intriguing characteristic of this cocktail. The term is derived from the Greek word ‘Prebuteros’, meaning ‘ancient’ or ‘old’, and believed to have featured in the New Testament over 70 times. Its roots get traced to Scotland back in the late 1890s.
Irish whiskey has a rich history, with its beginnings dating back to the 12th century. Around 1000 A.D., on return from their travels, monks brought back the art of distilling perfumes to Ireland and the Irish modified this technique to obtain a drinkable spirit. The whiskeys made during those times were not aged, but flavoured with aromatic herbs such as mint, thyme or anise.