If you are like me and love grapefruit and basil separately, have you ever thought of combining them? Now’s a better time than any then! I’ve actually come up with a recipe for a beer that incorporates basil and grapefruit in a nice refreshing summer ale, but haven’t brewed it. Well, as of a few months ago, I was finally able to try a drink at a local coffee bar that utilized these flavors. I was immediately sold! Since then, I have been playing with the flavors and have a nice cocktail recipe that I really like.
The other night, I was (not-so-patiently) waiting for my Salty Señorita (a gose with a ton of Organic lime juice and zest, which tastes like a beer margarita) to be done and kegged… So, I decided to take some grapefruit juice and add it to my regular gose, which is called What Gose Around Comes Around; it was mighty tasty and all I could think about was adding basil to it! That’s when the concept for this drink was created and turning my new favorite cocktail into this delectable beer cocktail. I’m not kidding you, this beverage is so easy drinking and enjoyable, so be prepared!!!
With the multitude of goses available on the market today, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one for use in this recipe. I have of course included more than one suggestion for reference, but it’s up to you and your taste preferences. Note that my gose, which I am using in this recipe, is a 3.8% beer with coriander, salt and a short sour mash to create a balanced beer with notes of citrus and a slightly tart minerality. So, if you like things more tart, then choose a gose based on that and feel free to adjust the percentages of ingredients accordingly. That’s the beauty of the cocktail, it’s up to you and what you really want or like. 😉
*P.S. If you don’t know much about this beer style, feel free to check out this page to learn more – http://www.germanbeerinstitute.com/Gose.html .
- 6 fresh basil leaves
- Ice cubes
- 2.5 fl. oz grapefruit juice
- 1 fl. oz of vodka (I am becoming a big fan of Tito's, but any good vodka will do)
- .5 fl oz of St. Germain Liqueur
- Sacred Brewing Co.'s What Gose Around Comes Around (you have to know a guy ;-))
- Bayerischer Bahnhof Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Leipziger Gose
- Almanac Beer Co. Golden Gate Gose
- Anderson Valley Brewing Company The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose Ale (a little tarter if you want that)
- Put basil leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Muddle to break down the leaves.
- Fill shaker partly with ice cubes. Pour in vodka, St. Germain and grapefruit juice. Place top on shaker and shake vigorously for 20 seconds until condensation forms on the outside of the shaker.
- Pour into glass. For this recipe I like to go no frills with a shaker pint glass.
- Take beer of choice and add to the pint glass with the cocktail mixture. Mix gingerly, if you wish.
- Garnish with some fresh basil and enjoy. Sláinte!
- As previously noted, this recipe is up to you, so if you think something should be modified, then go for it! More vodka? Why not! Less basil or more grapefruit? Again, it's up to you... Also, I don't like to use ice in the glass with the beer, as don't want the drink to get watered down, but if you want ice, go for it.