So, as promised, I am going to share the recipes for the cocktails I designed for the II Craft Beer Festival. I was generously sponsored by Centro Gastronomico Sabores and Costa Rica Craft Brewing Company which enabled me to provide samples for all the spectators.
I decided to focus on the two main trends in beer based cocktails: classic cocktails made with beer and cocktails designed to highlight a particular beer. Updated classics are always in style; bartenders have abandoned gin and vermouth and twisted the original tini into a sake-tini. I have even tasted a gin based strawberry daiquiri that was quite nice.
In that spirit (pun intended) I decided to bring Cuba over the Texas border, there was a wedding with an asian cousin and a honeymoon in Costa Rica; the resulting love child was a Ginger Jalapeño Beerjito. My second creation was inspired by a new artisan beer developed by Costa Rica Craft Brewing Company; an oatmeal stout aged in rum barrels to be exact. A little of this and a bit of that led to a dessert cocktail I like to call 321.
Fear not readers, if you cannot get your hands on the tasty Costa Rican brews I used, there are alternatives. I hope these will put a little pep in your step and add a little jazz to your happy hour. Without further ado, I give you, the recipes: