On a cross-country road trip to Vancouver, after a long day of driving we stopped for the night in Spokane, Washington. Looking to unwind, we wandered to a craft beer-focused bar called Jones Radiator not far from our hotel.
In its former life the space was a mechanic shop, but owners Tom and Julie Purdum kept the name and car-themed aesthetic. With barstools made from hubcaps and other car related paraphernalia decorating the walls, it’s a fun spot. Most importantly, the beer list is well-curated.
While we loved the beer, the real discovery of the evening was a little pet-project Tom, who was minding the bar that evening, mixed for us. Galaxy hop infused vodka, mixed up into a simple cocktail with fresh grapefruit juice. Genius.
Like many great ideas, this seemed so obvious I couldn’t believe everyone wasn’t already making these. The vodka carried all the aromas of the hops we love in fresh IPAs into a refreshing cocktail with a gentle bitter balance. The grapefruit juice complimented the fruity hop profile while bringing a bit of tart to the table. The splash of simple syrup brings it all together. Perfection.
The proprietor was kind enough to share his recipe with me, and I thusly share with you. (He also had a house-made kahlua type coffee liqueur that I should’ve tried…next time.) Check out Jones Radiator if you’re ever in Spokane, but in the meantime win over your beer loving friends to the cocktail scene.
Hop Infused Vodka
Like hops in beer, the floral aromas fade over time so best to use this stuff within a couple weeks of making it. Tom used galaxy hops, I tried cascade. Go for anything citrusy or floral.
- 750mL bottle of vodka (I like Stoli)
- 1/3 oz hop pellets
- Mix pellets and vodka, let infuse for 4 hours. (Any longer and the mixture will be too bitter.)
- Strain through a coffee filter and store.
Jones Radiator-Inspired Greyhound Cocktail
- 2 oz hop infused vodka
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 4 oz fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice
- Fill glass with ice. Add vodka, syrup, and grapefruit juice. Stir to combine.
120 E Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA