“She’s the extra that get’s to play the devil in my movie, She’s around uptown, sippin’ a beer smoothie.” - Slug of Atmosphere
One of my favorite rap lines of all time, the above quote from Slug in the song “20 Answers” with Murs has been stuck in my head for over a decade now. Back in high school, I was a true underground hip hop junkie. I clung to the words of my favorite rappers and took every line as gospel. This particular line always stayed with me, because the thought of a beer smoothie was so funky and intriguing, and I always wondered what it would taste like. Well, 12 years after that song debuted, I finally decided to give it a shot. And let me tell you....this beer smoothie is absolutely delicious.
San Francisco has turned me into a real beer snob. You can’t walk into a liquor store here without staring at 200 different craft beer selections. Light and hoppy with a refreshingly crisp finish, an IPA is generally my beer of choice. While IPA’s might be a little bitter for some, I had a feeling that the inherent citrus notes would mesh well with the fruit, and the sweetness would mellow out some of the harsher bitter notes.
I cautiously selected a Sculpin IPA from Fort Point Brewing Company, an award winning brew, highly regarded as one of the better IPA’s out there. I picked up a variety of fresh fruit from the farmers market, and threw them into the blender with the IPA. Much to my delight, the smoothie far exceeded my expectations. I had finally succeeded in making the smoothie I had been thinking about for 12 years!
Bold and refreshing, this Apricot IPA Smoothie is the perfect choice for smoothie drinkers and beer snobs alike. Hoppy and citrusy, the bitter notes from the IPA are pleasantly mellowed by the fresh apricots, strawberries, and blueberries. It’s a great way to beat the heat, and keep your buzz going. An ode to my all time favorite rapper, this one is for you Slug.
Apricot IPA Smoothie
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Drink cold.
You'll want to drink this while it's still fresh, before the beer goes flat. I would recommend freezing the fruit before blending, to make sure it's nice and cold.
- Try adding a little bit of honey if you still find the mixture too bitter, and stick to a beer that's not too high in alcohol.