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“Day at the Races” Beer Julep

Engagement Party
The groom’s signature cocktail, “Day at the Races” Beer Julep

Photograph by Raftermen

“Day at the Races” Beer Julep
Serves 1
½ ounce Simple Syrup (recipe below)
7 mint leaves, plus sprig for garnish
1 ounce rye whiskey
¼ ounce fresh lime juice
2 ounces IPA
Angostura bitters

Lightly muddle mint leaves and Simple Syrup in a mixing glass. Stir in whiskey, lime juice, and IPA. Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice and pour the mixture over. Add more crushed ice to make a mound. Add a couple dashes of bitters and garnish with the mint sprig.

Simple Syrup
Makes 1 1/2 cups
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Combine sugar and water in a jar. Cover and shake until sugar is dissolved.