But how would I go about making a "premium malt beverage"? IMages if Smirnoff Ice, Mike's hard lemonade, and others come to mind. My biggest curiosity is how these things are able to be called malt beverages when they are essentially clear, and don't look anything like a grain-based beverage. I have a few friends, though, who have asked if it would be possible to make something similair to one of those.
I found a forum thread about someone replicating a Smirnoff Ice-like drink with good results, using unhopped malt extract, honey, and corn syrup to achieve a base, and then adding frozen juice concentrate to the secondary for flavoring, and to produce a strong enough base for the yeast to ferment the sugars from the juices.
Has anyone tried this? And if so, how would I do it?