Wednesday, July 11, 2012


1 1/2 oz Banks Rum
1/2 oz Barbancourt Rum
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Honey Syrup
1/4 oz Gran Classico
1/4 oz Peychaud's Bitters
2 inch piece English Cucumber (no peel)

Cube the cucumber and muddle. Add rest of ingredients and ice, shake, and double strain into a Highball glass containing ice. Top with ~2 oz Reading Lager beer and add a straw.

For my next drink, I asked bartender Jeff Grdinich if he had any sparkling wine or beer cocktail ideas. Jeff replied that they had created an intriguing watermelon-flavored beer Highball that used the Gun Shop Fizz from Beta Cocktails as a starting point. As a tribute to the New Orleans origins of their inspiration, they named the Fizz after the police codes for drunk and disorderly, forgery, and shots fired in New Orleans.
The 3185 offered up a pleasing beer and vegetal aroma from perhaps the muddled cucumber. Indeed, the sip was a sweet watermelon flavor despite there not being any watermelon in the drink; I surmise that the Aperol played a large part in this. Finally, the drink concluded with rum and bitter notes. Overall, the 3185 was a bit on the sweet side for me but it was definitely an unique and enjoyable Highball.

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