Cockt-Ales, Beertails, Beertinis… whatever you call them, beer cocktails are SO hot right now
08:27 GMT, 19 July 2012
We've had cocktails that foam, smoke, solidify or evaporate on the tongue, but now mixologists are falling back on something a little simpler: the beer cocktail (or beertail).
Trending tipple: Beer cocktails are the drink of the hour
Concoctions involving beer have been around for centuries, but with the exception of Black Velvet – a mix of Guinness and champagne – they have rarely been considered stylish.
That's about to change now that the nation's coolest bars are trumpeting the delights of the beertail.
At Dabbous, London's restaurant of the moment (it has waiting list running into next year), you can sip a pewter tankard of Giddy Up, a mix of tequila, elderflower cordial, honey and Sierra Nevada IPA (10).
Scottish craft beer company BrewDog also serves 'cockt-Ales' in its bars across the UK. These include the Hardcore Zombie, a mixture of Hardcore IPA, rum, ginger beer and fresh lime, and the Posh Punk- Punk IPA with gin and lemonade (both 5.95).
'Craft beer is ll about innovation and creating awesome new flavours and ideas, so why not make a great cocktail with it' says co-founder of BrewDog James Watt.
Meanwhile, at North Bar in Leeds, beer is used in sophisticated combinations such as the popular Brooklyn Baltic, a combination of Kahlua, Frangelico, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and Maldon sea salt. Or the Breath of God – Westmalle Tripel beer, Pusser's Navy rum, cassis and orange bitters.
Just don't ask for a lager shandy…
FIVE GREAT PLACES TO ENJOY A 'BEERTAIL'
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1. Dabbous, London
Fitzrovia's newest dining room is a terrific place to try a pewter tankard of cockt-ale. Go for the Giddy Up.
2. North Bar, Leeds
The Brooklyn Baltic combines Kahlua, Frangelico, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and Maldon sea salt.
3. The Refinery, London
Pop in to this Southwark bar for a One For The Road, a heady mix of Peroni, Tanqueray gin, cranberry bitters, fresh lemon and Greek basil leaves.
4. Hawksmoor, London
The steakhouse's take on a Turbo Shandy is a mix of London Pride, gin, ginger and lemon.
5. Portobello Star, London
The Guinness Punch – Wray and Nephew Overproof rum, Guinness, condensed milk and winter spices – is a must if you're in Notting Hill.