A while back we were all yapping about beer cocktails, meaning putting not-beer in beer to make something that allegedly improved beer. I was not moved. I called them signs of the end times. Today, hunting out a story I think I came across the shadow of the valley of death of beer cocktails:
When Kevin Lawrence at Avon Liquor recommended I try Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale with a dollop of whipped cream on top, I searched his face for a smirk, sure he was kidding. I mean who drinks beer with whipped cream? Well, I did. And turns out, it’s pretty darn good.Yikes. And here is another similar thing referenced in the New York Magazine's Bar Buzz column recently - a Punkin Ale Shake. There must be some nefarious power behind such an idea, I thought. So I hunted out Lord Goog and there is it was - a Rachel Ray recipe from November 2006. Yet it is not mere whipped cream she proposes, not just a shake. The ingredients include heavy cream, cinnamon, vanilla ice cream and gingersnaps. Pure villainy. Someone else will have to try this one out for me as I have no DFH PA and, if I did, I would not put gingersnaps in it.
All is not lost for me and cocktails, however. Now that the autumn is here I may try out that port and imperial stout suggestion from Stephen Beaumont. Suddenly it looks entirely reasonable.