Toronto Craft Beer Bonanza 2014: Taming of the Brew

Toronto Craft Beer Bonanza 2014: Taming of the Brew

As temperatures rise, look to beer cocktails for light, low-alcohol refreshment

Toronto Craft Beer Bonanza 2014: Taming of the Brew (Images: Cocktails by Vicky Lam; Saye by Luis Mora)
 

Beer cocktails used to mean whiskey-and-lager boilermakers. But bartenders these days are concocting amazing drinks with sweet juices, syrups, spirits and suds. Veronica Saye of South Riverdale’s County Cocktail has three favourites ideal for long, lazy afternoons.

Toronto Craft Beer Bonanza 2014: Taming of the Brew

Saison’s Greetings

1½ oz. Dillon’s Unfiltered
Gin 22
1½ oz. lemon grass–infused
simple syrup*
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
Bellwoods Brewery Farmhouse Classic

Shake all ingredients except beer with ice. Double strain into a tulip glass filled with ice. Top with Bellwoods and garnish with a cucumber wheel.

Toronto Craft Beer Bonanza 2014: Taming of the Brew

The Island of Lanai

1½ oz. El Dorado 5 Year Old rum
1½ oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. raspberry-infused
simple syrup*
½ oz. fresh lime juice
Spearhead Hawaiian Style Pale Ale

Shake all ingredients except beer with ice and double strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with Spearhead and garnish with a mint sprig.

Toronto Craft Beer Bonanza 2014: Taming of the Brew

Peachy Keen

1½ oz. Wild Turkey 81 bourbon
1 oz. rosemary-infused
simple syrup*
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
6 slices fresh peach
Side Launch Wheat

Muddle the peach and rosemary syrup in a shaker. Add the bourbon and lemon juice, shake with ice and double strain into a pilsner glass filled with ice. Top with Side Launch and garnish with rosemary.

*To make infused simple syrup, bring one part sugar and one part water to a boil, then add flavouring (lemon grass, raspberries, rosemary). Simmer for five minutes and strain.