Brunch Box the Delirious Imbibers Drink Of the Week
The Brunch Box is our cocktail club drink of the week. This came to me from great niche cocktail book called “Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas” by Brad Thomas Parsons. It is a wonderful book and a great entre to amaro. If you are not familiar, amaro’s are bitter Italian liquors from bygone days.
I really adore them and own, without a doubt, too many. The most compelling evidence is that fact that I have an entire amaro bar in my house. If you are even a moderate cocktail fan at least you would know Campari and Aperol, which are considered “bitters” in the amaro world. but there are probably over a hundred of these wonderful herbal liquors in production all over Italy, Germany, France and notably the United States.
I digress, just buy the book.
Anyway, back to the Brunch Box. I picked this cocktail for the club to try for two reasons. Firstly, it is really hot temperature wise in in the US right now, and this is a wonderfully refreshing cocktail. Secondly, it is beer and amaro, to repeat, BEER and AMARO, how interesting is that? Only three ingredients, made in the glass, it really does not get any easier. Seriously so good so easy. Let’s do it!
Here Are the Basic Cocktail Deets
Cocktail: Brunch Box
Source: Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas by Brad Thomas Parsons
Creator: Rebekah Graham & Matt Poli
Ingredients: Amaro Montenegro, Lager, Grapefruit Juice
Brunch Box Tasting Notes and Feedback
It is absolutely wild that the combination of bitter amaro, grapefruit juice and lager works so well in the Brunch Box. But if you think about it so logical. Beer hops are bitter and everything going in the glass is better or sour in some way, it is so very refreshing. As a template this is pretty riffable, 5 ounces of a beer, something sour, and an amaro, digestif or apertief and it is probably great. Mike went off the reservation and made several with other amaros like Campari, with great effect. Needless to say it is an easy drinker!
“So easy to drink, makes a really flavorful beer. I could probably drink beer this way more often, wonderfully refreshing. Swap the sour and the aperitif or digestif so many variations, Lemon and Averna, or grapefruit and Toscano, Cio Cicaro, or even Lilet.”
“That’s a fun pool sipper. Light and airy. The amaro works nicely with the grapefruit. They should make a beer that tastes like this.”
“I added Ice. I’m a fan of beer cocktails with booze in them, from the Donn Day Afternoon to the Brunch Box… Lots of possibilities I see a large rabbit hole we could fall into. I made another with Campari and grapefruit.”
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I picked the Brunch Box cocktail for the club to try for two reasons. Beer and amaro. In one glass, what a refreshing combination.
- 5 ounces of a Lager, I went Yuengling.
- 1 oz Amaro Montenegro
- 1 oz Grapefruit Juice (pink or white not ruby red)
In a chilled Collins glass add the grapefruit juice and Amaro Montenegro.
Top with the chilled beer.
Stir 2-3 times.
Such a simple canvass go crazy here.