Weiss Bier Cocktail With Charred Orange and Bourbon

Serves 2.

Note: You will need a cocktail shaker with strainer and 2 wide-mouthed glasses for this cocktail. Adapted from “Gastro Grilling,” by Ted Reader.

• 1 juicy seedless orange

• 4 oz. (1/2 c. ) bourbon, divided

• 2 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. honey, divided

• Freshly ground black pepper to taste

• 1/2 tsp. minced fresh thyme

• Drizzle of orange liqueur (such as triple sec)

• 2 (12-oz.) bottles wheat beer (also called Weissbier, Hefeweizen, Witbier)


Fire up your grill to 450 to 550 degrees.

Slice orange into 8 quarter-inch-thick rounds and place in a bowl. Drizzle slices with about 2 tablespoons bourbon (1 oz.) and 2 tablespoons honey. Season with black pepper and thyme, and gently mix. Marinate orange slices for about 10 minutes.

Grill orange slices for 2 to 3 minutes on both sides, until lightly charred and tender. Set aside to cool.

Coarsely chop 2 to 3 slices of charred orange, and place in a cocktail shaker. Add 2 teaspoons honey, 3 ounces (3/8 cup) bourbon and a drizzle of orange liqueur. Mash with a wooden spoon, then add ice. Put lid on shaker and shake it up to cool.

Strain bourbon into 2 chilled wide-mouth glasses. Add a slice or two of charred orange to each glass and pour in the chilled beer and serve immediately.

Nutrition information per serving:

Calories 370

Fat 0 g

Sodium 15 mg

Carbohydrates 42 g

Saturated fat 0 g

Total sugars 28 g

Protein 2 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Dietary fiber 1 g

No diabetic exchanges.