The weather here in Ohio has been a little slow to realize that it is in fact spring, and as such should be warming up rather than continuing to deliver us weeks of flurries and cold rain. Despite the current weather report, I am refusing to wear any more bulky winter coats and have my mind set to sunny days ahead. In that spirit I've swapped out my go-to warming old fashioned cocktail for more refreshing, fruit-forward drinks. For me there is something so perfect about sitting out on a patio on a warm night, drinking pitchers of frozen margaritas or sipping on a refreshing gimlet at an after-work happy hour... Or balmy nights at the baseball stadium, drinking tall cold beers and eating peanuts and hot dogs and rooting for relish to beat out ketchup and mustard in the big race around the stadium. Warm weather and icy cold cocktails are the perfect partners! So I invite you to try this dangerously delicious Very Beer-y Cocktail, inspired by Domesticate Me's Black-beery Whiskey Smash and warmer days ahead. Take one sip and you will be transported to a happy, sun-soaked place!
very beer-y cocktail
1/4 cup fresh blackberries and raspberries (roughly 3 of each)
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
5-6 fresh mint leaves
1-2 tsps raw sugar (adjust based on the tartness/sweetness of your berries)
2 oz. whiskey (I used my new fave Pike Creek whiskey but a good bourbon would work well too)
2 oz. wheat beer (I used Shiner's White Wing which was delicious but Hoegaarden or the likes would work too)
Muddle the berries, lemon juice, mint and sugar in an old fashioned glass until the sugar starts to dissolve. Stir in the whisky, add ice and top with the wheat beer. If you're not one for seedy drinks you could strain the berry/whisky mixture into a fresh glass before adding in your bubbly beer topper. Garnish with a mint sprig and a few berries if you desire and enjoy!!
Cheers and happy Friday!!