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Although much of the Northeast is over its winter months, the air is still crisp in that part of the country. Chad Lothian, a beer blogger and enthusiast, is getting ready up for summer, and preparing one of his favorite warm-weather drinks, the Mainer Summer Punch.
This beer cocktail is a spin off of Samuel Merritt’s Mainer Summer Saturday Punch, consisting of Allgash White, Lindeman’s Framboise and gin. In this recipe, Lothian substitutes vodka for gin. Allagash White is a Portland, Maine native beer, and embodies the Belgian wheat beer style of beverage. Framboise is a French word for raspberry. Commonly, it is used to refer to alcohol distilled with the fruit and is a unique rose-colored beer. Before hops were used in most beers, various fruits were used to season beers.
Framboise has a raspberry flavor that pairs surprisingly well with the beer. To make his own version of a Summer Punch, and serves it in a clear Mason jar mug. The drink also works well without vodka. Serve this drink on a nice hot day and it is sure to be the surprise hit of any party. For added color, flavor and flair, try using frozen raspberries in place of ice.
4 ounces Allagash White
2 ounces Lindeman’s Framboise
1 ounce Vodka
1. Prepare a glass or mug with ice.
2. Measure out 4 ounces of Allagash White beer.
3. Measure out 2 ounces of Lindeman’s framboise.
4. Measure out 1 ounce of vodka
5. Pour the ingredients of the cocktail over ice or frozen raspberries and stir gently.
6. Enjoy under the sun on a warm day.
Chad Lothian lives in Old Town, Maine. He is a Craft Beer Enthusiast and Homebrewer. Chad has traveled to brewpubs, breweries and brewfests all over New England.