Man-About-Town with IPA Simple Syrup

October 14, 2013
4 Ratings
Photo by Molly Wizenberg
  • Cook time 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

This cocktail was created by Kenaniah Bystrom, bar manager of Essex. The IPA syrup is a cinch to make, and very much worth the effort. If you're looking for other uses for the syrup, try it in a riff on an Old Fashioned: shake together 2 ounces rye whiskey, 2 dashes orange bitters, and 1/4 ounce IPA syrup. Strain; then garnish with an orange peel. —MollyandBrandon

What You'll Need
  • The cocktail
  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon or rye
  • 1/2 ounce Campari
  • 1/2 ounce IPA syrup (see below)
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 lime wedge, for garnish
  • The IPA syrup
  • 12 ounces IPA (ideally a light, floral IPA, such as Avery - or, barring that, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale)
  • 1 teaspoon orange flower water
  • 12 ounces granulated sugar
  1. The cocktail
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the bourbon (or rye), Campari, IPA syrup, and lime juice. Add ice, and shake vigorously for 10 to 12 seconds. Strain into a coupe or martini glass, and garnish with a lime wedge.
  1. The IPA syrup
  2. Combine the beer and orange flower water in a saucepan, and bring to a simmer. Add the sugar; then remove the pan from the heat, and whisk until the sugar is fully dissolved. Chill thoroughly before using.

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Brandon and Molly met because of a mutual interest in food - or, more specifically, when Brandon read Molly's food blog Orangette and sent her an e-mail that included some very effective compliments. The better part of a decade later, they co-own and run the restaurant Delancey and its sibling Essex, in Seattle. Brandon is the chef of both, and when he's not manning the wood-burning oven, he likes to make things from scratch that more sane people would probably buy, like mustard, vinegars, pretzels, and obscurely flavored liqueurs. Molly is the manager / Organizer of All Things at Delancey and Essex, and she is also the author of the New York Times bestseller A Homemade Life and the forthcoming memoir Delancey. They have a young daughter named June, who is excitedly crawling toward the refrigerator as Molly types this sentence, and two dogs named Jack and Alice.

4 Reviews

davidcha September 19, 2014
I had a couple of these the other night - great cocktail! The IPA syrup represents in a nice suble way. I usually shift from Negroni's to Boulevardier's around this time of year; however I think I'm going to mix up a batch of these babies instead.
gingerroot May 23, 2014
I love bourbon and I love your Campari Shandy. Can't wait to try this!
Kelly March 27, 2014
I liked this, but there is very little IPA taste. I'm going to experiment with less sugar and see how it turns out. If you're a big beer fan and you're hoping for a delicious marriage of all these flavors, I think you would be a bit disappointed.
LeeLeeBee October 18, 2013
IPA Old Fashioneds... oh my goodness. The best possible drink.