Marking Martha & Marley Spoon’s first installment of Cocktail of the Month, and in honor of Octoberfest: meet the Shandy! Traditionally equal parts beer and lemonade, this one uses crisp and bitter IPA, sparkling cider, and a dash of calvados (a French apple-flavored brandy). Maple syrup stands in for simple syrup and fresh lemon juice adds the perfect amount of tartness for a truly refreshing autumnal cocktail.

Sip, relax, and enjoy!

(makes 1 cocktail)

What you'll need: ½ oz pure maple syrup 1 ½ fresh lemon juice 2–3 slices honeycrisp apple 6 oz chilled IPA 4 oz chilled sparkling cider ½ oz calvados or apple jack

Recipe steps:

  1. In a 12-oz glass, combine maple and lemon juice. Add apple slices.

  2. Tilting the glass slightly, slowly pour the beer against the side to reduce forming a head. Add the cider similarly.

  3. Tilt a spoon over the surface and slowly pour the calvados over the spoon. Serve and enjoy!

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