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Small Hands, a Beer Cocktail with Tequila, Cointreau, and Hefe

Kindred Spirits by | May 2017 | Issue #124
Photos courtesy of Ajenda Public Relations

Crafted at Bourbon House Cocktail Emporium and Craft Kitchen in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Small Hands (like many of Utah’s cocktails) was created to work around Utah’s “quirky” liquor laws. Because the state restricts the quantity of hard alcohol allowed in a mixed drink to 1.5 ounces of a primary liquor and 1 ounce of secondary liquors, bartenders are forced to think outside the box. Beer, wine, and cider, however, don’t count as a secondary spirit, so cocktails utilizing these ingredients are on the rise. In this margarita-inspired cocktail, Sauza Tequila and Cointreau set the base, while Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters provide a floral twist. It’s topped with the easy-drinking Uinta Golden Spike Hefeweizen for a splash of refreshing bubbles.

3 oz Uinta Golden Spike Hefeweizen (or another wheat ale, like Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat or Harpoon’s UFO Hefeweizen)
1.25 oz Sauza Tequila
0.5 oz Cointreau
0.5 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
2 dashes Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters
Orange wheel for garnish

Add tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and bitters to a mixing glass. Shake and double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Top with Hefeweizen and garnish with a freshly cut orange wheel.