It’s MxMo time again and this time our hosts the Booze Nerds chose Resin as our theme. Resin is somewhat seasonal as we begin to think of dragging dead pine trees in our house to cover in lights as they dry and shed. As a flavor resin is quite nostalgic to me. I studied to become a sommelier fresh out of culinary school, my palate was young when it came to alcohol. I still recall finding these resinous flavors strange. Slovenian oaked wine was odd but sometimes lovely, retsina however was best left out of my glass. It really took exposure to hoppy beer later on that helped me truly enjoy this flavor.
Luckily if you can say one thing about the Birmingham drinking scene it’s that we have some amazing craft beer. I’d rate our state breweries among the very best in the country. Good People Beer is my personal favorite, all their beers have a very nice and noticeable hop character. In addition their cans are beautiful and fun to display. While there are plenty of other brewers making excellent beer in the state when it came to wanting a nicely hopped IPA I knew exactly who I’d choose.
This drink more-so than other beer tiki cocktails I’ve created is based on the “Strip and Go Naked” cocktail from Beachbum Remixed. It may seem odd but pineapple and IPA beer are really a fantastic combination. Make sure when you are choosing a rum for this drink you choose a dry white rum like Brugal. We used Plymouth gin when making this cocktail. If you have a more juniper rich gin like Beefeater we urge you to try it as well to see which you prefer.
Pining for Paradise
1 oz Brugal white rum
1 oz London dry gin
1 oz fresh pineapple juice
½ oz fresh lime juice
½ oz orgeat
2 oz hoppy IPA beer (like Good People)
Shake together all the ingredients with ice except for the beer. Strain over fresh ice into a pilsner glass and top with the beer. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary speared through a chunk of pineapple and a straw. Stir to combine gently before sipping.
The aroma of the cocktail is slightly mild with notes of pineapple, juniper, hop, and mint. You notice the perfect marriage of pineapple and IPA in the first sip. These full bodied flavors meld into notes of hop, clove, spice, and fresh pineapple. Light sweetness from the orgeat then carries your palate to a clean, dry, green finish.
This was a fun cocktail to make and very easy to drink, but be careful you don’t over imbibe. Or if you do just remember I warned you of the headache. Next week we’ll have a duo of Thanksgiving treats for you to enjoy. Thanks to Booze Nerds and Fred Yarm as always. Until next time…
“You get hammered America!” -JFL