Good morning, universe. Welcome to another Monday. I hope that you all had a nice little weekend. After the biblical rain that we experienced on Friday, I certainly did. Seriously, though, I couldn’t believe the torrential downpour that we got on Friday. I’m really glad that I had my umbrella in my giant Mary Poppins bag that I lug around with me everywhere. It’s not always such a bad thing to be attached to 10 pounds of miscellaneous items now, is it? I’m sure that carrying around my purse is messing up my back one way or another, but what can you do? Maybe one day I will have a car, but until then, the umbrella, along with a water bottle, sunglasses, chapstick, my wallet, camera, and whatever else I deem important that day gets slung over my shoulder and onward we go. Oh, and a sweater, because even if it’s 90 degrees now, what if it gets a little chilly later? I must maintain an even room temperature at all times – being too hot or too cold is literally the worst.
Anyway, if I had a pitcher or two at home, I would have brought this Brooklyn Lemonade with me to the barbecue on Saturday. It’s got everything I love in a cocktail: beer, bourbon, and bitters. Obviously we like our cocktails in Brooklyn quite a bit, and seeing as how I just so happened to have made this one with Brooklyn Summer Ale, I figured it’d be an appropriate name. You can use simple syrup in place of the maple syrup for a sweetener, if you like, but I like the depth of flavor that the maple adds to the cocktail and it’s just one less step if you don’t already have simple syrup in your fridge. The bitters are optional, too, but I am a huge fan of bitters and think it makes almost any drink better with a dash or two added. I’ve actually got a bottle of baked apple bitters that would have done quite well in this drink, but decided to keep it more straightforward, as I’m sure you all don’t have the weird bitters collection that I do. Only I spend money on speciality bar items that get used once every few months. Or am I? Either way, shake up a few of these drinks, enjoy the warm weather, and maybe come give Brooklyn a visit! It’ll certainly put you in the mood.
- 4 ounces bourbon
- 2 ounces maple syrup
- juice of 2 lemons, plus more for garnish
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 12 oz. summer ale
- In a shaker, combine the bourbon, maple syrup, lemon juice, and bitters. Fill with ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into two tall, chilled glasses and top with the beer. Serve with a wheel of lemon and a straw.