I recently discovered Eventbrite and decided to join their project called Trends in Food & Drink. Eventbrite is a great platform that assists you in finding events in your areas. They also have free event management tools to get the word out about your event that you can check out here!
This project is asking bloggers to talk about the results of a study they conducted and to share my favorite trends & predictions for 2015. One of the trends I found out was all about beer; it seems that ‘wine is out and beer is in.’ Well, I don’t think wine is really out, though the possibility of exploring beer is just too much fun to pass up. For that, I turned to beer connoisseurs, James Stott & Tania Russell, for advice and recipes; I am sharing one of their recipes with you today. I usually don’t drink beer, but this beer cocktail is so good that I actually kept drinking it on the set. Someone had to, right? Though I must confess I didn’t mind drinking while shooting for THIS post at all. I was very ‘silly happy’ by the end of the day if you know what I mean 😛
James & Tania recommend using light & fruity Belgian-style beers for this recipe as “some Belgian beers use a particular kind of hop called “Citra” which is known for having a really citrus-ey flavor, particularly grapefruit” So the beer will pair well with grapefruit juice as per recipe. I adapted their recipe a bit, but still want to give you the original one, just in case. I photographed both recipes, and they looked quite similar, apart from fresh lavender, of course 🙂
If some of you wonder who are James Stott & Tania Russell, I can assure you that a minute they start their blog/website, I will put a link here. Right now, all I can tell you is that they are wonderful people and such beer-afficionados. Don’t believe me? Make this beer cocktail now and see for yourself.
P.S. Thank you Eventbrite, James Stott & Tania Russell so much for making this post so much fun to create.
Here is the original recipe:
Moscow Mule with a Belgian twist
- any light/fruity Belgian-style beer, such as Allagash white
- one grapefruit
- one bunch fresh thyme
- fresh ginger
Zest one large grapefruit and combine with the juice from the grapefruit into a large pitcher. Add the thyme and muddle until the oils and fragrance from the thyme combine with the juices. Strain the thyme and discard. Zest about 2 tbs fresh ginger into the juice and mix thoroughly. Divide into 4 chilled glasses and fill to the top with the Belgian beer. Add more ginger to taste!
Note: we found that we liked it a lot more “ginger-ey”, to really bring out that “Moscow Mule” taste, so another option here would be to add some dashes of ginger bitters to amp up the ginger flavor. Or you could always infuse your juice with slices of ginger overnight to really bring out the flavor
- 20 oz. Belgian-style beers, such as Allagash white
- 1 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice + zest
- 1 bunch fresh thyme
- 10 stems fresh ‘culinary’ lavender
- grated fresh ginger, as per your liking (option)
- Combine grapefruit juice, zest, lavender, thyme in a large pitcher, and muddle until the oils and fragrance combine with the juices. Strain into another pitcher. Add the grated ginger and divide into 4 chilled glasses, then fill to the top with beer.
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