Published on October 18th, 2013 | by Charu Suri
2 At the Pierre Hotel, a Harvest Beer-inspired Cocktail Menu
It might have been the influence of Oktoberfest but the Pierre?s Two E Bar, a Taj property in New York City, has a seasonal cocktail menu, but inspired by that most bourgeois of drinks, beer.
If you?re thinking Budweiser, think again. Lead mixologist Sachin Hasan is not one for concocting something commonplace. Like an illusionist, he aims to surprise by a fine and often outside?the-bottle excess.
Hasan loves to experiment with flavors from around the world. The Black Friar?s Pint, for instance, is made two bottles of Guinness saut?ed in a saucepan with ten cardamom pods. ?Cook it for 30 minutes and you?re done,? says Sachin, who notes he has a beer-inspired cocktail for just about everyone. Cooking the Guinness also pares down the alcohol content, he says. It also features Bulldog gin for a stronger finish, as well as Spanish Sherry, agave nectar and egg whites.
?A New Day? made with Tanqueray 10 Gin, Lemon Juice, Pomegranate-Lemongrass-Cardamom Syrup & Laguanitas IPA-Ginger Beer Foam
?Black Friar?s Pint? made with Bulldog Gin, Spanish Sherry, Guinness Reduction, Agave Nectar & Egg White
The Fig & Tan, a rich combination of Guinness reduction infused with figs and cloves paired with velvety notes of Mount Gay Black Barrel rum is another crowd pleaser, and hardly beer-like in taste (if you?re a fan of something a bit spicy, you?ll love this). The Non-Tartle offers a tangy concoction of 12 year-old Glenfiddich, lime & lemon juice, simple syrup, dried lemon verbena & Erdinger beer foam.
And like coffee foam, the taste can be extra delicious if the nitrogen-created beer foam, which often serves as an extra oomph to the palate, dances with various other flavors. Hasan is all about democracy when it comes to making his drinks, and doesn?t really differentiate between beers and wines because they?re versatile enough to be creative.
The drinks retail for $16, and are surprising but never too over-the-top in their tastes despite ingredients like Maggi Seasoning and Worcestershire Sauce. Cheers!