The delightful Oranj-a-Bloom was invented by Rachel Sergi while she was beverage manager at Againn, a now-closed restaurant in Washington, DC.
Sergi’s recipe calls for Allagash, a Belgian-style white beer. Any white beer will be lovely, but we love the suggestion we saw in The Washington Post to use Hitachino Nest, a Japanese witbier-style ale.
The original recipe used Rhum J.M Eleve Sous Bois Gold, a somewhat hard-to-find aged rhum agricole, but it’s pretty tasty with just about any decent aged rum.
Muddle the citrus, mint, syrup and bitters in a shaker. Add the rum and orange liqueur and shake. Double-strain into a tall ice-filled glass, and top with beer. Garnish with an orange slice and a mint sprig.
- Oranj-a-Bloom in The Washington Post