Southern 75: The Beer Cocktail You Never Knew You Needed

Jack Hughes 5 June 2019
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The dawn of the craft beer revolution has brought about with it the genesis of the beer cocktail. This means that ale aficionados across the world are forever trying to add the camp pizazz of happy hour to their favourite IPA’s by throwing at them their entire déclassé liqueur cabinets. Whilst there are many, let’s just say intriguing, combinations, there is no doubt that a beer cocktail, done well, is a heavenly refreshing drink. The malty, hoppy savouriness of beer contrasted with the inherent sweetness of cocktail stalwarts makes for a perfectly balanced tipple.

The Southern 75 is an American South take on the French 75, with India Pale Ale and bourbon as substitutions for the classic champagne and gin.  The beer and bourbon are the starring roles in a cast which otherwise consists of simple syrup (easy to find in the supermarket!) and lemon juice. Now, if you’re a beer-hater, I wouldn’t recommend this drink for turning you onto the stuff – beer and whiskey is a rather potent combination, however, do not be gun-shy about trying it out, those of you who are partial takers to the malty liquor.

This beertail is not served on the rocks, so it is essential that your IPA (and your pint glass if possible) is nicely chilled – God knows that one of life’s greatest disappointments is a lukewarm beer. You do need a cocktail shaker for this cocktail; if you don’t have one, ask around, I’m sure one of your friends will have one (invite them along for one!).


Southern 75

Serves 1


175ml IPA of your choice

60ml bourbon

25ml lemon juice

1 tbsp simple syrup


Pour the beer into a chilled glass. Combine the bourbon, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously. Strain the bourbon mixture into the beer. You can decorate the glass with a twist of lemon peel. Enjoy!