There’s a few things we love … tequila, gin, French 75’s and if you’re Patricio, Prickly Pear Margaritas. Beer rarely makes our list, but we’re always open to a good brew, especially if it’s made in-house … a-la Southerleigh. So when we discovered Craft-A-Brew, we were certainly hesitant, but open to the idea of making our own Hard Cider. Craft-a-Brew is exactly what it sounds like, A DIY brew kit with a myriad of different flavors ranging from an American Pale Ale to a Chocolate Milk Stout … No seriously, Chocolate Milk Stout. Their kits are not only affordable, but also available at an array of different retailers including Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table.
Each Brew Kit comes with everything you need to make your kitchen an at-home brewery. Some kits are a little more intricate than others, but with a quick read of the instruction packet – you’re good to go. This is one of those ventures you’ll want to grab a friend for, especially on day ten when you have to figure out how to siphon. While some ingredients may require more ingredients than others depending on the brewing, but with a Hard Cider we were lucky to need to grab only one grocery store ingredient (which we’ll get into).
Before we get into the recipe and how-to, let’s just say this is an exciting, different and fun experience if you’ve never brewed your own beer before. If you have any brew-aficionados in your life, this is a fantastic gift. Each kit comes with enough sanitizer and yeast to yield two separate brews, but one you have the brew kit, you can get different recipes online. We’re excited to try out different brews, but in the meantime we’re crafting three different cocktails where our Hard Cider is the star ingredient. Verdict? Craft-a-Brew is a creative, fun approach to the DIY brew scene that has popped up over recent years. It’s a safe way to explore and have fun with a few friends, and while it can get a little messy, and semi-tricky – when a project yields booze, we’re on board with whatever it takes to get there.
Now that you have your own brew here are a few cocktail ideas for you to try out.