Featured Cocktail: The Sunset Storm
This episode’s featured cocktail is the Sunset Storm. It’s a custom cocktail made using Halyard Brewing Co. Ginger Beer. To make it, you’ll need:
1 oz Dark Rum (Halyard recommends Mt. Gay Black Barrel)
¾ oz Aperol
4 oz Volcano Juice Ginger Beer Shandy
1 oz Orange Juice
½ oz Lemon Juice
5-6 dashes of Angostura Bitters
In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the rum, Aperol, and citrus juices. Shake vigorously until the ingredients are well chilled, strain into a collins glass with ice, and top up with about 4 oz of the Volcano Juice Shandy. Garnish this cocktail with several dashes of Angostura bitters, which create a stormy-colored gradient as they gradually mix with the drink, and a lemon wheel, which emulates the setting sun.
What we like about the Sunset Storm is that it shows off what Halyard Brewing Co’s ginger beer can do when mixed with other sweeteners and acids. We talk at length later in the episode about just what creates these really complex sweetness and acid profiles, but suffice it to say that this drink is a shining example of how they all work together in the glass.