Our NC Beer Month Cocktail Series comes to a close with this Drink of the Week
Let’s finish off our NC Beer Month Cocktail Series, by putting a Carolina twist on a classic Drink of the Week cocktail. Tom’s Carolina Cousin, spun old Tom Collins on his head by introducing it to North Carolina brewed IPA.
From our treasure trove of North Carolina breweries, we selected Foothills Brewing Jade IPA, for its citrusy notes that added a little something to this cocktail. You can substitute your favorite North Carolina IPA for Jade IPA if you so desire*.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add Gin, Cherry Liquor, Lemon Juice, and simple syrup. Give it a couple good shakes, and strain it into a highball class over ice, or not if you prefer to drink your gin cocktails Neat. Top cocktail off with beer and garnish with lemon wheel. Enjoy!
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Let’s continue with our NC Beer Month Cocktail Series, shall we? We have one delicious beer-infused concoction for this Drink of the Week: Black-beery Smash. This recipe comes to us from Serena Wolf and the Cocktails and Confessions kitchen, and it has a funny story behind it which you can check out in the video below. The Black-beery Smash combines Whiskey and Wheat Beer, with fresh muddled mint and blackberries for one boozey doozey.
Sticking to our NC Beer selection, we paired an ice cold Weeping Willow Wit from Mother Earth Brewing with our favorite Jameson Irish Whiskey. We also substituted a wooden spoon for a muddler, as we didn’t have one on hand. We really enjoyed the sweetness the blackberries added to the Black-Beery Smash, and might experiment with how well it would work with strawberries, as they are in season here in Coastal NC. Grab yourself a glass, and mix up a Black-Beery Smash!
Muddle fresh blackberries, lemon juice, mint leaves and sugar together at the bottom of a highball glass. Add ice to glass (use crushed ice if you are feeling fancy). Next pour in the whiskey and stir. Top mixture with wheat beer, and garnish with a few blackberries. Enjoy!
North Carolina Beer Month Will Never Be the Same Again
April is NC Beer Month, and in that spirit, the Drinks of the Week for the month of April will feature beer cocktails. We’re calling it our NC Beer Month Cocktail Series, and you are along for the ride.
We are in the NC Beer Month Spirit for this Drink of the Week!
This Drink of the Week: The Michelada is the beer soaked cousin of the Bloody Mary. The Michelada originated in Mexico, and is a popular cocktail with many variations throughout Latin America. In some parts of Latin America, mixologist will use their national peppers and spices or substitute Clamato Juice for Tomato Juice. Here in the Brio Smart Life kitchen, we’re mixing up this cocktail with Natty Greene’s Buckshot Amber Ale.
For the Chili Salt Rim: Mix the salt and chili powder together on a small plate. Run a lemon wedge around the rims of the glasses, and dip the rim into the mixture until desired amount of covering. Fill glasses with ice, and set aside.
The Michelada: Pour lime juice, tomato juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire and lager over ice. Stir together and garnish with lime wedge. Enjoy!
April is North Carolina Beer Month, and dozens of NC breweries are participating in the month-long celebration. What better time to plan a statewide brew tour, right?! North Carolina is exploding with breweries, from the coast to the mountains.
With so many breweries to choose from, the folks organizing NC Beer Month have put together their own lists of beer tour ideas based on location. Here are Our Top 10 Favorite Breweries for North Carolina Beer Month to put on your Beer Tour Map.
We’re giving this Drink of the Week the Azalea Festival Treatment!
Add an extra touch of Southern flair to your garden parties this Spring with the Azalea Belle cocktail.
The North Carolina Azalea Festival takes place here in Wilmington every year, and we crafted a Drink of the Week that captures the heart of the festival: The Azalea Belle.
One of the Azalea festival’s most popular traditions are the Azalea Belles, young ladies that wear hoop-skirted antebellum dresses and serve as hostesses and guides during the Azalea Festival Garden Tour.
This tradition has been going on for over 40 years and has become one of the most iconic images of the festival and of the Port City.
We tried to capture that essence of bright colorful dresses and Southern hospitality in a combination of Grapefruit juice and Gin, with just a touch of extra herbal sweetness from a homemadeRosemary Simple Syrup.
Add an extra touch of Southern flair to your garden parties this spring with the Azalea Belle.
Yields: 2 Servings
Ingredients You’ll Need:
5 Ounces Gin
5 Ounces Pink Grapefruit Juice
1.5 Teaspoon Rosemary Simple Syrup
Grapefruit Wedge for Garnish
Rosemary Sprig for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:
Stemless Wine Glass
Cocktail Shaker or Tumbler
The Azalea Belle: Add a few ice cubes to stemless wine glasses, and set aside. Fill shaker half way with ice, and add in gin, juice, and 1.5 teaspoon of the rosemary syrup.
Shake it all up, and strain into glasses. Finish the drink off with a section of grapefruit and a rosemary sprig for garnish. Enjoy!