vrijdag 4 augustus 2023

Elevating Beer with Beertails: A Refreshing Twist on Classic Cocktails

Happy #InternationalBeerDay!!!

As a lover of wine and quality spirits, I rarely find myself reaching for a beer. However, once a year, I like to experiment with beertails - unique cocktails where beer plays the starring role as a mixer. If you're curious about trying this delightful concoction, I've got some fool-proof recipes for you. While the Margarita and Bloody Mary can easily transform into beertails, today, I'll be sharing my variation of the Aperol Mist, featuring a craft beer called "Ouwen Duiker" from Brewery Hedonis in Michelbeke-Brakel.

Before we dive into the recipe, let me introduce you to "Ouwen Duiker", a craft pale-ale beer with a delightful 7% alcohol content. Brewed by the talented artisans at Brewery Hedonis, located in the hometown of one of our esteemed "Minister-of-state" excellencies, Mr De Croo, this beer holds a special significance. Its Flemish name translates to "Old Diver," as depicted by the diver on the label. However, in the local dialect, it could also cheekily refer to a "dirty old man.” This beer boasts a distinct character, crafted with abundant rye and a blend of two American hops, Mosaic and Citra, creating a wonderfully fruity flavour.

Today, I'm venturing beyond the traditional Margarita and Bloody Mary to present my take on the Aperol Mist beertail. The choice of "Ouwen Duiker" will undoubtedly add a unique twist to this classic cocktail, enhancing its flavours and introducing beer enthusiasts to the world of beertails.

The Foggy Diver

50 ml Aperol
30 ml freshly squeezed orange juice
10 ml simple syrup (adjust to taste)
2 dashes of orange bitters
Chilled "Ouwen Duiker" craft beer

In a shaker, combine Aperol, freshly squeezed orange juice, simple syrup, and orange bitters.
Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.

Strain the mixture into a tall glass filled with ice. Top up the glass with the chilled "Ouwen Duiker" craft beer, allowing the flavours to blend harmoniously.

Garnish your beertail with an orange slice and a sprig of rosemary for a touch of elegance and aroma. Give it a gentle stir, sit back, and savour the delightful fusion of flavours.

Embrace the art of beertails and experience the magic that happens when beer meets classic cocktails. While I might not be a regular beer drinker, "Ouwen Duiker" has captured my heart with its craft and charm, making it the perfect addition to my Aperol Mist variation. Whether you're a seasoned beer aficionado or simply curious to explore new options, this beertail is sure to surprise and delight your taste buds. So, go ahead and raise your glass to this refreshing and unexpected twist on a timeless classic!

Disclaimer: All pictures and texts are copyrighted by Geert Conard and Esito Consulting unless stated otherwise in the article. While some items might have been gifted by the producer or distributor, these are in no way paid promotions or recommendations.

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