Monday, June 17, 2013

Using Beer As Club Soda?

I know that beer is enjoying a resurgence in popularity.  Give me at least that much credit!  But beer instead of a soda in a mixed, alcoholic drink?  Wine + Food promoted the following cocktail in the July issue. 

1/3 cup lightly packed mint leaves plus small sprigs for garnish.
12 oz. bourbon - this recipe makes 8 drinks, calm down!
4 oz. peach liqueur
4 oz. fresh lemon juice
2 oz. pure maple syrup
24 oz. chilled apricot or peach ale (Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale)

Take a pitcher and put everything in it BUT the ale, ice and mint sprigs and stir until the maple syrup is dissolved.  Refrigerate the pitcher until everything has been chilled.
Ready to serve?  Add the ale to the pitcher and stir it in.  Pour the pitcher's contents into eight ice-filled highball glasses and garnish with a mint sprig or two. 

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