The Lederhosen Smash is a unique cocktail created by King’s Biergarten and Bierhaus, a new concept opening up in the Heights area of Houston.

It’s the only cocktail of its kind in the city, made with leather infused whiskey as the key ingredient.

In Germany, there is a very traditional wear for men called “Lederhosen” which translates into Leather Pants. This traditional wear is featured mostly during small town festivals, Munich’s Oktoberfest, and has been around since the 1800s. Lederhosen are still made with true leather and can range from $200 to $2,000 dollars a pair. King’s Biergarten’s concept was to take Germany’s historical wear and translate that into something you could drink, so they took all natural leather, stuck it in whiskey, and let it infuse and age. It was then made it into the Lederhosen cocktail, which is a play on a Whiskey Smash.

The cocktail drinks like a smooth libation and finishes with a scent; taste of fresh leather. What was supposed to be a nod to Germany in the form of a cocktail turned out to be a complete drinking experience.

The Lederhosen Smash

The Lederhosen Smash

Photo Courtesy of Joseph Thomas Photography

Lederhosen Smash

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. King’s Leather Infused Whiskey*
  • 1 Lare Slice Cucumber
  • 1 Medium Slice Lemon (Wheel)
  • 2-4 Pieces Fresh Mint
  • 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup

Preparation: Muddle ingredients together. Add 1 1/2 oz. King’s Leather Whiskey and ice. Stir (at least 20 rotations for proper dilution). Pour into a whiskey glass. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig, cucumber, and lemon wheel. Drinks like a cocktail, finishes with the taste of a new car smell.

*King’s Leather Infused Whiskey

How does one drink whiskey infused leather, which has tannin? Nature is the answer. Source natural leather that is tanned with vegetables (bark tanning). Yes, that’s a real thing. This is all natural and safe for consumption. Same stuff they usually use for baby shoes.

Pour 4-8 bottles of your favorite whiskey into a container of your choice. Add 1-2 square feet of Vegetable tanned leather. Let it sit for two weeks minimum.