Sicilian Pour Over

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Cocktail History

The Sicilian Pour Over is a modern cocktail that was created by Jon and Lindsay Yeager in Nashville, Tennessee and was first published in their book The Ultimate Guide to Beer Cocktails: 50 Creative Recipes for Combining Beer & Booze. The recipe is a boozy take on a coffee drink that mixes a dark and rich coffee-flavored stout with an herbal Italian amaro, cardamom, and a hint of citrus to create a simple but surprisingly complex beer drink.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Coffee Stout Beer: This is a type of dark beer made with hops, malted barley, coffee, yeast, and water. We used Hinterland Brewery Luna Coffee Stout because it has a rich, dessert-inspired flavor. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Guinness 0 Non-Alcoholic Draught in place of the beer.

Amaro Montenegro: This is a liqueur made in Italy with a secret blend of forty botanicals, spices, sugar, and alcohol. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Dr. Zero Zero ArmarNo Non-Alcoholic Amaro in place of the amaro.

Cardamom Bitters: This is a food product made with cardamom, botanicals, herbs, and alcohol. We used Infuse Bitters Cardamom Bitters.

Orange Peel: This the peel of an orange that has been cut into a strip.

Bartending Tools

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following bar tools:

Bottle Opener: This is used to open bottles. We used the OXO Steel Bottle Opener.

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Bar Spoon: This is used to stir ingredients. We used the Barfly Stainless Steel Teardrop Bar Spoon.

Peeler: This is used to remove the garnish peel from the citrus. We used the OXO Good Grips 2-Piece Peeler Set.

Tasting Notes

The Sicilian Pour Over begins with slight aromas of orange zest and herbs followed by an instantly dry stout beer-forward taste that is diluted with the strongly herbal liqueur, and it finishes with hints of cardamom alongside the full finish of the coffee stout.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Kendall enjoyed this for what it was, but at the end of the day, she wasn’t a big enough fan of stout beer in general to love it; meanwhile, Alex liked it a great deal for its interesting and full-bodied combination of flavors.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Although beer cocktails are still on the newer side to us at the time of writing this, I would say that this one may have won me over. The drink has a very dry presence, with the stout beer offering a bit of its own sweetness alongside the strong herbal presence of Amaro Montenegro; meanwhile, the cardamom bitters dry the recipe out even further. I loved the way all of the dark flavors played off each other without any sort of bright juxtaposition, and it nearly even reminded me of a decent Manhattan. Overall, this cocktail is a great way to stretch a single bottle of stout over two drinks while giving the drinker something to really ponder as they sip.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“Full disclosure: We’re fairly certain I have a hops allergy, so I only take a few sips when we taste beer cocktails. What I tried of this one was very interesting even though, back when I did drink beer, I wasn’t big on stouts. The amaro is a unique addition to a more dry and bitter beer that makes for a very dark and brooding cocktail. I can see why Alex really liked this, but it would be a little heavy for me if I could drink it.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Ultimate Guide to Beer Cocktails: 50 Creative Recipes for Combining Beer & Booze by on and Lindsay Yeager.

The Ultimate Guide to Beer Cocktails: 50 Creative Recipes for Combining Beer and Booze
The Ultimate Guide to Beer Cocktails: 50 Creative Recipes for Combining Beer and Booze
Hardcover Book; Yeager, Jon (Author); English (Publication Language); 136 Pages – 06/05/2018 (Publication Date) – Skyhorse (Publisher)
$16.99 Amazon Prime

AuthorThe Ultimate Guide to Beer Cocktails

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 5 oz Coffee Stout
 1 oz Amaro Montenegro
 2 dashes Cardamom Bitters
 1 Orange Peel

Method
1

Add Amaro Montenegro, cardamom bitters, and cracked ice to a lowball glass.

2

Top with beer.

3

Stir for 5-10 seconds.

4

Garnish with orange peel.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 5 oz Coffee Stout
 1 oz Amaro Montenegro
 2 dashes Cardamom Bitters
 1 Orange Peel

Directions

Method
1

Add Amaro Montenegro, cardamom bitters, and cracked ice to a lowball glass.

2

Top with beer.

3

Stir for 5-10 seconds.

4

Garnish with orange peel.

Sicilian Pour Over

Make It a Mocktail: Use Guinness 0 Non-Alcoholic Draught in place of the beer and Dr. Zero Zero ArmarNo Non-Alcoholic Amaro in place of the amaro to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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