Sometimes I genuinely surprise myself. This blueberry sour vodka beertini I made is a case in point. It knocked me off my feet. Mostly figuratively, but to a large extent literally as well.
Figuratively because adding vodka to the flavors of an oak aged mixed fermentation blueberry sour ale was a heavenly experience. I mean – the vodka added strength without significantly altering the complex flavors of the ale…
As to the literal part… that happened due to the fact that even though I adore craft beer and like wine and certain hard liquors, my tolerance for the alcohol content in the latter two has never been very high. It actually seems to be getting lower as time carries me farther and farther away from the day I was born. So the vodka component of the vodka beertini got me:) It’s kind of funny, but not really.
But let me backtrack a little bit. Here is how things went. I intend to write a post about the differences between craft beer and industrially (mass) produced beer. The way Chris and I see it. So I was at the local craft beer store selecting beers to reference. Looking at the hundreds of options (yeah, our store rocks!) I saw an opportunity to illustrate our point visually by using a mass produced fruit flavored beer and the real deal. So I bought several blueberry beers. The post is coming up.
One of the beers was Crooked Stave Petite Sour Blueberry. Which we love. (We wrote about the Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project a few months ago.) It is not frequently that we get to buy their bottled elixirs locally, they are very sought after. Once home I was anxious to open one of the bottles right away. Since it has ABV of only 5.5% and it was very warm outside I had the idea to add some vodka, run both over some ice and have a nice chilled vodka beertini in the backyard. Best idea I’ve had in a long time!
The Petite Sour Blueberry is exquisite. There is a bit of funk and a slight and very pleasant tartness – hence the ‘petite’ quantifier attached to the sour and as I figured out no need for a twist. There are delicate blueberry and yellow raspberry flavors, a passionate tannin kiss in every sip, dry fruitiness and just enough malty sweetness. Pure brewing artistry. I can only wish for everyone to taste a similar brew at least once in their lifetime. Which is not at all hard to accomplish these days – beautifully crafted wild/mixed fermented and oak aged beers with fruit are sweeping the nation. One of your local breweries is bound to have crafted one (at least) or find a liquor store with a good beer selection and they will hook you up.
Somehow chilling the Petite Sour Blueberry and the vodka in a shaker of ice made all the flavors and aromas come out in a more pronounced manner. Cranberry juice and Cosmos… I am sorry. You have been officially displaced by the sour beer vodka beertini. I will be sipping on this craft perfection many more times to come, I can tell. So many wild sours to experiment with and beertini-ze! Perhaps an apricot one next time.
I do have to leave you with a word of caution should you greedily decide to have two of these drinks back to back like I did – remain seated. Two shots of vodka and a wild sour beer after a quick photo shoot may not seem like much, but… Just be sure your phone is nearby so you can order dinner for your husband to pick up on his way home. Since you will now not want to drive to a restaurant to meet him nor will you feel like cooking anything.
Cheers my friends – to a beautiful summer and do get those martini glasses ready.
- 1 12 oz wild fermented and/or oak aged fruit sour beer ex. Blueberry Sour
- 3 oz vodka (preferably chilled)
- fresh blueberries (or other fruit ex. if cherry sour, cherries) for garnish
- ice cubes
- Pour beer in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Add vodka. Wait a few second for the carbonation to dissipate, place shaker lid on and shake. A few shakes is enough.
- Pour into martini glasses.
- Garnish with fruit pieces.