Like Amanda, I'm not really on the up and up when it comes to professional sports. In fact I was completely unaware that the Superbowl was this coming weekend until Amanda announced her plans for an epic Superbowl bingo for the blog last weekend! I probably should be better about catching the daily news rather than relying on office gossip and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO for my current affairs update. But that's neither here nor there. Right now what is important is this wickedly good beer cocktail! Sports and beer go hand in hand and when hosting a Superbowl party beer is the easiest and often cheapest way to please a crowd and keep everyone happily tipsy. But what about your party guest who are more interested in gin martini's than PBR? Enter in the Howling Tail, my favorite cocktail from one of my favorite Columbus restaurants, Wolf's Ridge Brewing. This drink immediately sprung to mind when I was thinking about how to incorporate beer into a drink for non-beer drinkers. What's better, if you pick up a growler of their tasty Howling Moon IPA for this cocktail you'll have more than enough to share with those who'd rather drink it on it's own by the pint. One sip of this citrusy drink however and you'll have a few beer drinking converts!
Howling Tail Cocktail
*inspired by Wolf's Ridge Brewing's tasty cocktail- perfect for brunch! Recipe makes 1 drink
2 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice
1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
2 oz. gin
1/2 oz. St. Germain
2 oz. Wolf's Ridge Howling Moon IPA (or your favorite sweeter IPA)
a couple of dashes of grapefruit or orange bitters
orange peel for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker combine the orange juice, lime juice, gin, bitters and St. Germain. If you're entertaining a large crowd I recommend buying fresh juices from the grocery store so no onsite squeezing is needed. Shake with ice.
- Strain the mixture into a Double Old Fashioned glass over a large cube of ice. If you're not a fan of pulp use a fine mesh strainer for this.
- Top off the drink with an ounce or two of the IPA. Peel a nice slice of skin off an orange, rubbing the rim of your glass with the oils from the peel and then garnish the drink with the peel. Enjoy!!!
Have a fabulous weekend and cheers to a great Superbowl... or at least really funny commercials!