Thursday, 28 July 2011

Summer Time Drinking...

The summer should in theory be here, so it's time for some bbq drinks!

One of the best nights can remember was my God Son's 1st Birthday, if you don't have friends with small kids you might think this is strange- trust me once your friends have been lost to the gravity sink of child rearing events like christenings, birthdays and a little later in life sports day become a great excuse to get all messed up.

The day began with champagne in a vase glasses and as the afternoon wore on chased a few beers down with pints of margarita. I remember there being a monkey called Jeremy- and very nearly a fight over 'respect' by controversially Wheatus (my money was on the little one). In fact so much fun was had that no one really noticed when Michael Jackson tripped a guy over.

With this memory firmly in mind- hazy and blurred as it is I am now thinking of those drinks that go far beyond the 'pitcher cocktail' ponchos we are talking "trailer park tiki". If you can make it in a glass you can make it in a (cleanish) bin.

Ideas inevitably evolve (definitely not according to an intelligent design) and as such I ended up with beer cocktails on my mind…. Some were suggested and other researched some just kinda happened.

Whatever the genesis of these drinks try them this weekend and take some photo's to post.

Baltimore Zoo

2 Vodka
2 White Rum
2 Gin
2 3 Sec
2 SoCo
2 Amaretto
2 Beer
1 Sweet and Sour
1 Grenadine

Reputedly 1st made in West Lafayette Indiana in the mid 90's the best we are told come from Harry's Chocolate Shop in that same town- Essentially a beer Laced Long Island Iced Tea. Best with the slightly heavier 'pale ale' style American beers like Goose Island or Brooklyn as you only want a little but need that dark smack of flavour!

Make it up in a pint glass and garnish with a massive burger in the other hand.

Red Eye
Coughlin's Law- "Beer is for Breakfast"

1 Bottle Lager or Pale Ale
2oz Tomato Juice
2- 5 Drops Vicious Chili Sauce
1 Whole Egg

Famed for an appearance in 1988's Cocktail the red eye is a pretty good cure for what ails you. Also an awesome way to start a day at the races…

Strip and Go Naked

1 Bottle Beer
½ oZ Lemon
½ oZ Gin
Dash Grenadine

Essentially a fortified Monaco (a grenadine laced Shandy)- we assume that the gin and lemon were removed more reasons of public decency.


1 Beer
1 Cola

Like Godzilla "It's big in Japan" and tearing the place up. Mixed like a Shandy and quaffed by androgynous teens throughout Tokyo.

South Wind

1 Beer
½ oZ Midori

If you like a sweet, melony beer with an acid green colouring this is the one for you, (you fucking weirdo).


1 Asian beer (best with Sapporo or Asahi)
½ oZ funkinpro Lychee Puree

Lends a great velvet texture to these interesting dry lagers. A real favourite sundowner.

The Cure

1 Beer
Dash Grapefruit juice
Dash Ginger Liquor (Domaine de Canton)

Developed by Gina Cherservani in the last depression. Zingy and light but I still hate bankers- though perhaps not the intended illness for the cure.


'Kidney Punch'

4 White Wine
1 Vodka
½ Peach Schnapps
2 Cranberry Juice
1 Light Grapefruit Juice
2 Lemonade or Soda

Become a Bin Dog Millionaire- This drink is measured in bottles and should be respectfully made in a large wheeliebin or ideally cement mixer if one is to hand. No cement mixer? Then try Prosecco rather than White Wine. Bubble Bin Drink.

Lady Grog

2 Heavily Vanilla'd Rum (Sailor Jerry)
1 Apple Juice
1/2 Lime Juice
1 Ginger Beer
1/4 Maple Syrup
1/2 Pomegranate Juice

Lets assume that the above numbers indicate number of bottles...

Alternatively try the L'oiso Technique: Hammer pint after pint of Patron margarita until the fear takes hold… Then switch to Daiquiri's. Dangereuse.

Swig Big, or GO HOME

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