Melt My Brain Ale | Classic Gin & Tonic

Gin & Tonic with lime
Gin & Tonic / Photo by Meg Baggott, styling by Dylan Garret

The Beer

Melt My Brain by Short's Brewery
Melt My Brain by Short’s Brewery / Photo courtesy Short’s Brewery

Melt My Brain (Short’s Brewery, Elk Rapids, MI); abv: 4%

Founder Joe Short describes his inspiration for this summer seasonal offering: “On a hot summer day while mowing my lawn, I started thinking about how good a gin & tonic would taste, but then I thought ‘I’m a beer guy, why don’t I try to make a beer inspired by a G&T?’”

The end result? A golden ale brewed with coriander, juniper berries and lime. Tonic water is added, which adds pearly effervescence, rather than classic beer foaminess. It’s light golden in the glass, with a lightly spiced aroma and lime tartness up front. Plunk in an ice cube, and it feels like a summery beer spritz.

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The Cocktail

Gin and Tonic Ingredients
  • 2 ounces gin
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • Tonic water, to top
  • Lime wedge (to garnish)

In Collins glass, stir together first three ingredients with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Published on August 23, 2018