This summery beer-topped cocktail was created by bartender Gina Chersevani, now at Buffalo & Bergen, while she was helming the bar at the acclaimed but now-closed PS7 restaurant in Washington, D.C.
Taking a cue from the classic combination of tea with lemon and honey, it employs herbal marigold tea (also known as calendula tea and made from lovely orange marigold flowers), believed by some to impart various health benefits. Spicy ginger liqueur is added to the mix, which also gets a slug of bourbon before getting topped with a Belgian-style wheat beer.
The resulting combination of familiar flavors, so unexpected when tasted together, makes a light, refreshing and soothing summery mix.
- 1 ounce bourbon
- 1/2 ounce ginger liqueur (such as Domaine de Canton)
- 1 1/2 ounces marigold tea, brewed and chilled
- 1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/2 ounce honey syrup
- 3 ounces Belgian-style wheat beer (such as Allagash White), chilled
- Garnish: lemon twist
Add the bourbon, ginger liqueur, marigold tea, lemon juice and honey syrup into a pint glass filled with ice and stir to combine.
Top with the beer and stir again gently and briefly to combine.
Garnish with a long lemon twist.