Although much of the Northeast is over its winter months, the air is still crisp in this part of the country. Chad Lothian, a beer blogger and enthusiast, is getting ready for summer, and preparing one of his favorite warm-weather drinks, the Mainer Summer Punch.
This beer cocktail is a spin-off of certified brew sommelier Samuel Merritt’s Mainer Summer Saturday Punch, consisting of Allgash White, Lindeman’s Framboise and gin.
In this recipe, Lothian substitutes vodka for gin. Allagash White is a Portland, Maine, native beer, and embodies the Belgian wheat beer style of beverage.
Framboise is a French word for raspberry. Commonly, it is used to refer to alcohol distilled with the fruit and is a unique rose-colored beer. Before hops were used in most beers, various fruits were used to season beers. Framboise has a raspberry flavor that pairs surprisingly well with the Allagash.
Lothian makes his own version of a summer punch, and serves it in a clear Mason jar mug. The drink also works well without vodka.
Serve this cocktail on a nice hot day and it is sure to be the surprise hit of any party. For added color, flavor and flair, try using frozen raspberries in place of ice.
Mainer Summer Punch
4 ounces Allagash White
2 ounces Lindeman’s Framboise
1 ounce Vodka
1. Prepare a glass or mug with ice.
2. Measure out 4 ounces of Allagash White beer.
3. Measure out 2 ounces of Lindeman’s framboise.
4. Measure out 1 ounce of vodka
5. Pour the ingredients of the cocktail over ice or frozen raspberries and stir gently.
6. Enjoy under the sun on a warm day.
Recipe courtesy of Chad Lothian, ifmycoastercouldtalk.bangordailynews.com, 2013.