Saison Blackberry Mojito By: Beer Bitty
Does anyone brew saisons during the Winter to drink during the Summer? While in yesteryear, it may have been common practice to brew low abv beers in Fall and Winter for consumption during the warm Summer months, I have such a difficult time remembering to brew beer in advance of when I want to drink it. As a result, I’m often left drinking darker ales into the warmer months and vice versa. Luckily, there are a number of amazing saison style beers on the shelves nowadays.
And while most will stand well on their own, sometimes it’s fun to jazz up a beer with a bit of booze. There are few cocktails more refreshing than a mojito during the Summer months, so here I combine the two. The effervescent qualities of the saison make it a great substitute for club soda and the grassy, ginger flavors mingle kindly with the blackberries and mint.
This is only the beginning, though! Try ditching the club soda in your favorite cocktail and substitute with a bit of beer. How about a traditional or fruit focused lambic? Perhaps an American sour beer? Think about what’s in season to muddle with mint and pick a beer with a similar flavor profile. It’s also wonderful for serving a crowd.. who doesn’t love a spiked punch bowl.
*Alternatively, substitute ginger and sugar for 1 tablespoon ginger infused simple syrup. Or, to avoid any seeds, cook 1 cup blackberries with ¼ cup raw sugar, ¼ cup water, and 3 tablespoons chopped ginger over medium heat until berries break down. Strain through a sieve and use desired amount per cocktail, about ¼ cup.
Combine sugar, ginger, and mint leaves in a tumbler. Using a muddler, or the back of a wooden spoon, press the mint and sugar together in a turning, mortar-and-pestle-like motion. The goal is to break down the mint as to release the oils and aroma. Add blackberries and crush a few times with muddler or back of a spoon. Stir in rum and lime juice. Fill with ice. Top with saison. Garnish with a lime wedge, blackberry, and/or mint sprigs. Top off with remaining beer, as desired.
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