Featured Cocktail: Rum & Raisin
Whether you call them hoptails or beer cocktails, libations made with suds have appeal. Just like cocktails made with wine, those made with brews typically have tempered alcohol content (so go ahead, order another one), as well multi-dimensional flavor that doesn't require a laundry list of ingredients. This sip from Scotch Craft Beer producer Innis & Gun uses a rum-aged beer, along with aged rum, decadent raisiny Oloroso Sherry and chocolate bitters. Forget about a Chocolate "Martini" on February 14: this cocktail is complex, enticing and just a little bit sweet for your Valentine.
Rum & Raisin
Recipe courtesy of Innis & Gunn
1 3/4 oz. Innis & Gunn Rum Aged Beer
1 oz. aged rum
3/4 oz. Oloroso Sherry
3 drops chocolate bitters (Fee Bros. or another)
70% cacao chocolate, for garnish
Add all ingredients except the garnish to a mixing glass. Add ice, and stir until chilled and properly diluted. Fine strain it over ice in a rocks or brandy glass, and serve a piece of the chocolate alongside.