For the past few weeks I've been pretending it is warm outside. I wear sandals when I can and try to forgo my coat as much as possible. Though I can't quit indulge in my favorite summer treats like crostini and caprese salads, I can whip up a beer cocktail that reminds me of warmer days. The ginger and orange liqueur add an unexpected sweetness to the beer as well as a little tartness from the lime. This would be perfect on a hot summer day lounging by the pool, but for now I will drink it on my patio and patiently wait for the trees to bloom.
Gingered Beer Cocktail
1 2 inch piece of ginger peeled
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons orange liqueur
1 bottles of beer
In a small saucepan combine ginger, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil and simmer until sugar dissolves. Strain into a measuring cup.
Combine 1 tablespoon ginger sugar and orange liqueur into the bottom of a glass. Pour beer over the mixture and top with half a lime. Repeat.