The Perfect Storm on

This is my favorite beer cocktail of the moment.  Hitachino Nest White Ale is one of my favorite beers.  For starters, it tastes awesome.  Secondly it is great to watch someone who only drinks mass-produced lagers try this and fall in love with this beer.  It also has great flavors that can easily translate into a cocktail.

This beer cocktail was inspired by my bar’s version of a Dark and Stormy where we use a house-made ginger syrup instead of the usual canned ginger beer.  There is also a close connection to a French 75 in this recipe.  The Witbier works great because the spices in it work in harmony with the spicy ginger, and the citrus in the Combier and in the beer work make a delicious match.  I think Cognac is partial to orange, and the Cherry Heering is a natural match.  The Boston Bittahs add to the herbal quality and also lend a lightness to the general flavor profile.

Here is the recipe and a terrible picture.

The Perfect Storm


  • 1.5 oz Pierre Ferrande 1840 Cognac (higher proof, touch sweeter than Ambre, better for mixing)
  • .5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • .5 oz Ginger syrup (recipe below)
  • .25 oz fresh lime juice
  • .25 oz Combier Orange liquer (Cointreau works as well)
  • 1 dash Bittermens Boston Bittahs
  • 4 oz. Hitachino Nest White Ale
  • .5 oz. Cherry Heering


Shake Cognac, lemon & lime juice, ginger syrup, Combier and bitters, strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass. Top with 3-4 oz of Hitachino Nest White Ale. Float or drizzle ~.5 oz Cherry Heering to taste and for visual appeal.

Drink, Repeat

Ginger Syrup recipe

  • Peel ginger
  • chop and place in juice extractor
  • mix ginger juice with a rich (2:1) simple syrup in a 1:1 ratio
  • store cold

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