Don’t you hate it when you’re drinking a Moscow Mule and think, “Oh, gee, this is delicious, but I wish this was a bit stronger.” (Yeah, me, too.) Here to answer the call: Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, the UK’s best-selling ginger beer … that just happens to be alcoholic.
Good enough to drink by itself (over ice), Crabbie’s is made with four secret fruits and spices, combined with ginger and then steeped for eight weeks. At 4.8% ABV, it’s in the same ABV bracket as the Buds and Millers. It is fermented, which really comes through in the taste, which (thank God) isn’t too spicy.
Check out some of the drink options to use with Crabbie’s below (other than Moscow Mules … if you must, you must).
– 1oz gin
– two small slices of lime
– 4 small sprigs of cilantro
– crushed ice
Muddle three sprigs of cilantro and one slice of lime in a shaker. Add gin and ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass and top with Crabbie’s. Garnish with cilantro sprig and slice of lime.
CRABBIE’S CUP #1
– 2 slices of cucumber
– 1/2oz sweet vermouth
– 1/2oz triple sec
– 1oz gin or vodka (drinker’s preference)
Muddle cucumber and berries in pint glass. Add ice and other ingredients and top with Crabbie’s. Garnish with mint.
– 1.5oz brandy
– 5oz Crabbie’s
– thin twist of lemon peel
Mix all ingredients together in tumblr glass over ice. Stir.
Crabbie’s is now also available in strawberry, orange, and diet. (I didn’t try those … but they sound good!)
***Please note, Crabbie’s sent me a bottle to try, but I’d already ordered one of my own at Trinity Hall … and loved it both times!***