Even Cocks with Tails Appreciate a Good Beer
Even though my dad was a true blue East Coast American boy and mom a Hong Kong Temple Street original… I must admit that there was a lot of Euro-flavor to my early years. Stories of boarding school atrocities told in a tight circle when my friends and I would “nick out” at night and congregate in the dark safety of the general’s grave. (Graves of important people in China were massive concrete affairs with tables and chairs and fruit trees to lounge amidst and hide behind) I heard stories of UK M1 rave culture and listened one walkman ear pod per person to mixed tapes with curious throbbing beats in my early teens. And above all I would be offered booze at dinners when we had guests long before I was of legal age to drink. Wine and water or shandies. A shandy is a very delicious lemon lime soda pop mixed half and half with lager. Hong Kong beer drinkers were all about either San Miguel or Carlsberg back then, both well refined lagers… easy to drink but still bitter enough to put one or two hairs on your chest.
Alright, the weather has been warming and I did a hike two days ago above Boulder Res and we forgot to bring enough water. The only thing I could think of on the way home other than willing the clouds to cover the sun was beer. There is a thirst quenching quality that beer has which is unparalleled and I also remember from my Hong Kong days another simple beer cocktail that seemed to push that instant refreshing feeling into the golden zone. Lime and Lager is so simple. 1 oz of Rose’s Lime Cordial in your beer. The back of my neck is tingling just thinking of the mouth filling, fizzing gulpability.
Of course there are many versions of the Beer Cocktail even though strangely enough it’s not something that we often think of. Mexico has it’s Michelada, lime juice and hot sauce in your cervesa: yeah! There’s the Black and Tan of course. The Snakebite and Black from my UK college years, that’s half lager, half hard cider and a shot of blackcurrant liquor: those were oblivion makers which I suppose is just about right for those years, young, dumb and full of… you know… willful pizza mistakes. My fave from my sushi chefing years was the Chocolate Stout. Murphy’s Stout with a shot of vanilla vodka and a shot of Godiva Chocolate liqueur. After a hard night of working my tail off it was nice to have dinner, drink and dessert all in one glass.
This post was inspired by my creation of a brand new beer cocktail tonight. OK I’ve had two of them and I’m a total lightweight these days hence my loose lipped languid lambic prose. My beer goggles, the whiff of bacon, beans and my husband’s hard work in the kitchen are making everything look like one of those instagram iphone pictures. Mangoes and Wit. Yep I said it. I made some mango simple syrup for my son’s birthday circle yesterday (hawaiian shave ice treat). First round… Leftover simple syrup from candying orange peel and mango puree mixed with Left Hand Polestar Pils, and second round with Upslope Belgian Pale Ale. I’m looking across the table at my husband’s Avery White Rascal but I don’t think I’m going to go there, unless I’ve decided that 7.30pm is my new bed time.
Please comment if you have any other good Beer Cocktails you would like to share with me. Night night 😉