Cardiff Cocktails

By Mark Holmes

Piña Porter


I have to give credit to everyone at Measure and Stir for this one. Having played with beer in cocktails before, it never really inspired me (the best results I got where from a syrup I made using oak aged Innis and Gunn). However after reading the cocktails they made during their beer week, I thought I’d give it another go. Glad to say the result was rather pleasing. The beer I chose to use was a stout (more accurately a porter), and more precisely Bath Ales Darkside. If unavailable substitute Guinness here.

Piña Porter

  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 3/4 oz lime
  • 1/2 oz kahlua
  • 1/2 oz Dark Caramel syrup
  • 3 oz Porter
  • Dash Angostura bitters

For a bit of theatre I like to ‘throw’ this drink by passing it back and forward from a ice filled tankard and another empty tankard, keeping the ice in place with a julep strainer. Here’s Charlotte Voisey  showing us how it’s done on the excelent Small Screen Network. Serve in a half pint tankard with ice and a lime twist.

Dark Caramel Syrup

Here’s a great guide to making caramel syrup by Darcy O’Neil from Art of Drink

  • 2 January 2013
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