Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Honey Beer

The Honey Beer is my first cocktail made with beer.  It was created by Jill Schulster, co-owner of JoeDoe in the East Village, NYC.  I read it in the NY Times.  The reviewer said the sweet and salt together was reminiscent of a chocolate covered pretzel.  Here it is:

Rim half of a Pilsner glass in wildflower honey and kosher salt.
Shake 1.5 oz gin (preferably a citrusy gin, try Bluecoat, JoeDoe uses DH Krahn) with 1 oz lemon juice and a teaspoon of lemon zest, then strain into the pilsner glass partway filled with ice.  Top with a full can of Dale's Pale Ale and garnish with lemon peel.

This would probably be a better summer drink, as it's really light and refreshing.  Next time I might try adding a barspoon of honey syrup to get the honey aspect directly into the drink and not just on the rim.  I'm sure you could try another pale ale, just keep in mind that Dale's is probably more like an IPA, it's pretty hoppy which you probably need to stand up to the other ingredients.  Also keep in mind that drinking one is like drinking two drinks.  

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