The annual Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue Festivals prove that the three things are great together, but what happens when we combine the trio into a single glass? Strange and wonderful things! And that is exactly what you'll find in the beer, bourbon and barbecue cocktail.
The drink is the creation of the Bourbon Blog's Tom Fischer and Louisville mixologist Steven Dennison. It was designed specifically for the series of festivals that share its name, which are held throughout the year in various U.S. cities.
The concoction includes bourbon, honey liqueur, hefeweizen-style beer and barbecue sauce. It is, admittedly, a very unusual drink and will not be to everyone's liking. However, it is fun to try and you have to appreciate how the team brought together these three very manly flavors.
- For the BBQ Water:
- 1 (19-ounce) bottle barbecue sauce (Jack Daniel's Honey Smokehouse)
- 19 ounces hot water (about 2 1/3 cups)
- For the Cocktail:
- 1 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey (Maker's Mark)
- 1 ounce honey whiskey liqueur (Evan Williams Honey Reserve)
- 1 ounce BBQ water
- 1/4 whole orange (juiced)
- Garnish: 1 (12-ounce) bottle hefeweizen beer (Shiner)
Make the BBQ Water
Essentially, the barbecue flavor of this cocktail is simply watered-down barbecue sauce. Rather than mixing a pasty sauce into the drink, we just want the essence of the sauce to add that signature flavor.
The BBQ water can be made in any quantity you desire. If you are just curious about the drink, it may be best to make just enough for one or two drinks. No matter how much you make, be sure to keep the sauce-to-water ratio equal.
- In a mixing bowl, combine barbecue sauce with an equal part of steaming hot water.
- Whisk until fully incorporated.
- Let sit to cool, or refrigerate.
Make the Cocktail
One of the most surprising parts of this cocktail is how the beer is treated. Unlike most beer mixed drinks, we are only using the foam as a garnish to top off the drink. And, yes, that means this is one of the few times when shaking your beer is a good thing. Just be sure to do it in the shaker and not the bottle. We all know the mess that can make.
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the liquors and BBQ Water. Squeeze the juice of a quarter of an orange into the shaker as well.
- Shake vigorously.
- Strain into a cocktail glass.
- Pour a quarter of a bottle of beer into a cocktail shaker.
- Shake until foamy.
- Spoon the beer foam on top of the cocktail to garnish.
You will notice that this recipe calls for very specific brands of each ingredient. While not necessary, it may be wise to stick to these recommendations so you can get the true taste of the drink. It's very likely that changing even one of these elements may not create the intended flavor and that may lead to disappointment.