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Happy Hour: For the Backyard BBQ

The wonderful weather has me thinking about lazy rooftop barbecues like the kind Miss M and I used to have.  Simple cocktails, shrimp on the grill and fruity desserts.  And what does a lady wear to a casual barbecue?  A jersey maxi-dress, of course.

James Perse Striped Cotton Dress (Net-a-Porter, $175)

I think the drinks at a backyard or rooftop barbecue should be simple.  The fewer ingredients the more of them that you can make, and the more of them that you can drink.  This is a good, but dangerous, thing.

So how about a cocktail with just two ingredients?

Cherry Beer

Two bottles of Pale Ale

(I like Dogfish Head Shelter Pale Ale.)

1.5 cups sour cherry nectar 

(You can use Tamek, or Knudsen’s Just Tart Cherry Juice.  If you use the juice, you may need to add a bit more.)

Fill a large pitcher with ice.  I follow Martha’s directions and layer in lemon slices.  Pour in both bottles of beer, then add cherry juice.  Stir with a long spoon.  Serve in tall glasses.


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  1. ProfessionGal says:

    Not a fan of beer, but the cherry beer was delicious! My girlfriends, who love beer, and I had a little get together, and I was so proud to introduce this to them. They loved it. So refreshing for spring/summer!

    May 15, 2011/Reply
  2. amy says:

    I adore the dress and the beer, but would be a bit afraid to spill the drink (or any other summer BBQ fare) on the beautiful white dress!

    May 17, 2011/Reply