Drinks for Right Now: Raspberry Beer Cocktail and 5 Minute Sangria
|February 20, 2012||Posted by Ashley Marie under Drinks|
It doesn’t end at just beer-mosas (orange juice and beer) and beer-marys (a.k.a. The Michelada). Beer infused cocktails have become a staple at swanky bars around the world, and they’re being matched with anything from ginger beer and lemonade to fruit juices and sangria. Beer adds the effervescence to a cocktail–essentially what club soda or champagne does for your beloved mixers. But perhaps the best part about the marriage of beer and liquor is the whole fun of the matter. Choosing a beer that you like, the one that leads you to drink four more, and then adding fruit-infused liquor, top-shelf whiskey, homemade liqueurs and syrups. They’re slightly more thirst-quenching than your typical spirit and soda drinks, and unquestionably more attention-holding.
But you don’t have to make it to Manhattan or D.C. to hop on the bandwagon. Get creative and experiment with just a few ingredients and your own imagination. Start with something easy like this raspberry beer cocktail with muddled berries, vodka, and frozen lemonade concentrate. If you like the taste of raspberry beer, get spunky and shoot for complexity, like with New York’s WD-50’s most popular drink, the pH. It has vodka, lychee syrup, lemon juice, rosewater, raspberry puree, and Framboise lambic, a raspberry-flavored beer. Now that’s impressive.
Not a big fan of beer? Trade it for this easy-peasy (and customizable!) 5-Minute Sangria. Six ingredients, five minutes. You can add in any fruit that’d you like and it’ll be ready by dinner. Can’t beat that!
Adapted from A Cup of Mai
Fills 2 8-ounce mason jars
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
2 12-ounce bottles of Corona, chilled
1 container frozen pink or raspberry lemonade concentrate
1/2 cup plain vodka
Lemon slices, to garnish
Divide the raspberries amongst two mason jars. In a separate container, stir together the concentrate and vodka. Divide equally between the two jars. Using a muddler, gently mash the raspberries. Top with one Corona each and garnish with a lemon slice.
Makes about 4 glasses
1 bottle dry Chardonnay
4 ounces simple syrup
1 red apple, sliced
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 handful of mint, torn
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher or large mason jar and serve immediately.