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Beer cocktail

Green Russell, Denver

Photo: Keith Roberts

Cocktails made with beer are becoming increasingly widespread. This drink, which came to Green Russell co-owner Adam Hodak in a dream, isn’t one of those.

“I woke up and I was like, ‘I’m going to make a beer cocktail with no beer,’” said Hodak, who is also beverage director of Denver-based Bonanno Concepts, parent to Green Russell.

The drink tastes like one of Hodak’s favorite India pale ales, which has tropical, grapefruit and apple notes.

To make the cocktail, he infuses a bottle of rye whiskey with about half an ounce each of three kinds of hops — Cascade, Crystal and Chinook — and adds 1.5 ounces of that infused rye to half an ounce of sour apple liqueur, half an ounce of pineapple juice, an ounce of Sauvignon Blanc wine and half an ounce of malt syrup.

Hodak said that in his dream the drink didn’t have malt syrup — malt is a key ingredient in beer — so he first made it with honey.

“It was very good, but it almost tasted like a beer that had honey brewed with it,” Hodak said. He ultimately replaced the honey with malt syrup.

The mixture is shaken with ice and an egg white, poured into a glass and topped with Champagne. The cocktail is priced at $12.

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