March 16, 2010 (Day 45) — Half and Half
Truth be told, neither Jenn or I are Irish. I’m German and she’s French/Scottish. Despite this, we have a certian proclivity for all things Irish. And considering tomorrow is officially St. Patrick’s Day, I figured I’d wet your appetite for the drunkfest tomorrow with a classic beer cocktail. That’s right, I said beer cocktail.
And among beers, Guinness is king.
Now, the normal thing on St. Patty’s Day would be to make a Black and Tan. Which are delicious. And simple (1/2 glass Bass, 1/2 glass Guinness). However, Jenn is particularly fond of Harp Lager — brewed by Guinness of course — so I figured I would make something incredibly similar to the Black and Tan. Instead of Bass, I used Harp. And now, it’s a Half and Half!
Half and Half
- 1/2 pint glass Harp Lager
- 1/2 pint glass Guinness Stout
Fill your glass halfway with the Harp. Now here’s the tricky part. Once the head has settled down a little bit, you’ll want to float your Guinness over the back of a bar spoon very gently. This prevents the two beers from prematurely mixing, and gives you that killer separation. Practice makes perfect. Keep at it!
Please disregard the double entendre of the above caption.
Anyway, what’s great about this drink is how the flavors of the two different beers mix as you drink it. You have that great thick, almost meal-like darkness of the Guinness along with the snappy brightness of the Harp. It’s way, way delicious.
It is better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there’s no money!