Sports fans this is one of your most prized weekends coming up. The culmination of the NFL, where people who don’t even follow football gather in places all over the world and eat, drink, celebrate, watch commercials, drink some more, eat some more…and oh yeah….there’s a football game called the Super Bowl. A lot of Super Bowl parties you’ve probably attended have had plenty of beer and an assortment of spirits with soda pop mixers or just plain ole’ soda. Yaaaaawwwwnnn, boring!
Well, never fear sports fanatics, North Star Bartender’s are here for you, per usual. Over the next 6 days leading up to the big contest, we’ll be featuring a cocktail (or brew) that will sure to be a hit where ever your party is. Simply by following the steps and recipes we give you, you’ll be the envy of your party goers! Even if you’ve never bartended a day in your life, just follow our instructions and you’ll capture the illusion of many that you’ve been doing it for years as a hobby.
First recipe comes from Jesse Held. You’ll find Jesse (along with 2 other NSBG Member’s) at the highly anticipated Eat Street Social, opening in early February on 26th and Nicolette in the Whittier neighborhood (a.k.a. Eat Street). Aside from Eat Steet Social’s amazing cocktail program, headed by Nick Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz of Bittercube, the destination will also feature old fashioned soda fountain program, 10 craft brews on tap, unique wine selections, and of course Social Club eats that will sooth and warm your soul. The second installment from the creators of Northeast Socail Club in Northeast Minneapolis will be a cornerstone neighborhood destination with a warm welcome and the ever famous sound of the bell ringing as a tradition familiar to Northeast Social crowds.
The feature cocktail is a “pre-gamer”, to get you warmed up to bigger and badder things during and after the game. Without further adieu, heeeeerrrrreeeee’s Jesse!
2 oz. Old Weller 107
*3/4 oz. Cinnamon-Maple Syrup
1/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
*Egg White (optional)
2 eye droppers of Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters
1 eye dropper of Bittercube Orange Bitters
Topper of Left Hand Milk Stout (or your favorite dark beer)
Instructions (without Egg White):
Combine all ingredients (exclude Left Hand Milk Stout) in a mixing tin filled with ice and shake. Strain into a tall collins glass (or your favorite beer glass) filled with fresh ice, and top off with Left Hand Milk Stout.
(With Egg White)
Combine all ingredients (exclude Left Hand Milk Stout) in a mixing tin with NO ice, and shake vigorously until frothy and airy. Add ice and shake vigorously until ice starts to break up and shatter. Strain into a tall collins glass (or your favorite beer mug) with NO ICE, and top off with Left Hand Milk Stout. Add 5 drops of Cherry Bark Vanilla bitters to the top of the froth for added decoration.
Mixing tin(s), Hawthorne Strainer, Juicer (either hand-press or electric), Jigger or measuring device.
How to make Cinnamon-Maple Syrup:
Combine 4 cinnamon sticks, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup of your favorite maple syrup, 1 cup of water in a medium saucepan, stirring frequently until broken down into one congruent liquid. Let simmer – NOT BOIL – for 15 minutes (or until desired consistency). Cool, strain and store.
It’s a take on a Whiskey Sour (if you add the egg white) and an Old Fashioned. I use Left Hand Milk Stout because of it’s bitter chocolatey flavor it provides the cocktail. It combines my favorite spirit and one of my favorite beers into one beautiful thing. It’s a great brunch cocktail…or pre-gamer for you Super Bowler’s! I hope you enjoy and Cheers! Happy Imbibing….Go Vikings???