Summer is here and of course that means it’s time to add fruity shit to our alcohol and drink it outside.
Not so fast….
It seems like every Summer in my quest for outdoor drinking I stumble upon for a new beer and/or a new drink . Years ago it was Oberon and some shitty liquor that probably got mixed with a shittier fruit juice. It’s graduated over the years to better beer, better liquor but not better fruit juice (looking at you, Everfresh). The Summer of 2017 has culminated to the best beer and the best drink of any Summer yet. The best part of all, there’s no shitty fruit juice involved.
If you’re willing to pay a few extra dollars than you’re currently paying for your Summer drink of choice, I have the best concoction that’s ever gone into a glass during a hot summer day for sitting in a chair in your front yard while yelling at cars to slow down. Something to make older people feel young and younger people feel old. It’s the best of all worlds.
Non-Alcoholic Mixer? Nope.
Ladies and Gentlemen I give you… The Southern 75.
The first ingredient in this incredible concoction is a beer I finally purchased after hearing people talk about it for months. Old Nation Brewing’s M-43 IPA is making any other “Summer style beer” look absolutely silly. It’s a New England Style IPA meaning it’s a cloudier and more full bodied version of those IPAs you were drinking while trying to discover craft beer. It’s close to 7% alcohol and goes down smooth with a taste of oranges, lemons and grapefruits. Seriously, if you haven’t had this stuff get off your ass. If you can’t locate M-43 or if $15 for a 4-pack is a little rich for your blood any other IPA will do. Try to look for something smooth — not a double IPA or anything crazy like that.
The second ingredient is bourbon. What else? Be careful here, though. Use a smoother bourbon — Think Makers Mark or Four Roses. You could go with Wild Turkey 101 if you’re feeling really crazy but remember that this entire drink is alcohol. A higher proof bourbon will only allow you 2-3 of these, depending on your drinking abilities, and no one likes a lightweight.
Once you have acquired your ingredients, it’s time to mix. Grab literally any glass you have available to you. It could be a plastic cup. It really doesn’t matter.
- Add 1/2 oz of simple syrup.
- Add 2/3 oz of lemon juice
- Stir, add ice.
- Add 2 oz of bourbon
- Add half a bottle of IPA
- Go outside and drink
How crazy you want to get with this is up to you. If you’re into fancy cocktails put all of those ingredients in a shaker, add a few dashes of bitters and mix in a cocktail shaker. This will give you that foam effect you see in the image above that I blatantly stole from a different site. Lemon peel is completely optional.
AAAAAAND there you go. The Southern 75 aka the best Summer drink in the history of Summer drinks. 100% alcohol mixture of beer, bourbon and Lemonade. What could be better? That’s a rhetorical question because the answer is nothing.