“B” Cubed

Could anything be better than a day filled with beer, bourbon, and barbecue? Wait. How about those ingredients all in one cocktail? When BourbonBlog.com was invited to film the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival in New York City in February, mixologist Stephen Dennison and I invented such a concoction.

The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Cocktail blends the smokiness of barbecue with your favorite bourbon. The wheaty musk of Hefeweizen beer forms the backbone of flavors flittering with honey, which rounds the flavor profile in this cocktail. It stands bold on its own or paired with a prize-winning barbecue dinner. The drink is a springtime reminder of life in Bluegrass Country.

— Tom Fischer of Evansville is the host of an online show, BourbonBlog.com. He works closely with his Web site’s drink advisor, mixologist Stephen Dennison.

•  Your favorite bourbon
•  Honey-infused bourbon (Evan Williams Honey Reserve or Wild Turkey American Honey)
•  1 bottle of Hefeweizen beer
•  Your favorite barbecue sauce
•  1 orange

For the Barbecue Water:
Combine equal parts of barbecue sauce and steaming hot water in mixing bowl. Whisk until incorporated. Let sit to cool or refrigerate.

Combine 2 oz. of your favorite bourbon, 1 oz. honey-infused bourbon, and 1/4 oz. of barbecue water and squeeze of a quarter of an orange in cocktail shaker and shake over ice. Strain and pour into martini glass. Dry shake a fourth of a bottle of Hefeweizen beer (hold tight to shaker as carbonation may cause shaker to explode). Spoon beer foam over top of the cocktail to garnish.

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