Golden Ale

There aren't many heavy, boozy stirred drinks on the cocktail list at the Michael Voltaggio restaurant ink. The weight and alcoholic heat of such concoctions don't mesh well with the playful and often light food; featherweight, savory drinks like Gabriella Mlynarczyk's Michelada-style beer cocktail, which hits with a welcome jab of heat, do. The distinctive floral character, lent by a touch of St-Germain, moves the drink far from the Clamato realm. For more 2012 Best Cocktails, click here.

Recipe adapted from Ink, Los Angeles, CA

Golden Ale
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Golden Ale from Ink, Los Angeles, CA
Servings
1
drink
Ingredients
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Smoked salt
  • Ice
  • Bar spoon of chile sauce, preferably Gindo's Spice of Life
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • :::½ ounce honey syrup (1:1):::
  • ½ ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • Golden ale, preferably Pranqster Ale
Directions
  1. Rim a Collins glass with the lime wedge and smoked salt and fill it with ice. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the chile sauce, lemon juice, lime juice, honey syrup, St. Germain and vodka. Shake well, then strain into the prepared glass. Top with the beer. Serve.
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