While it still feels like the armpit of summer in my neck of the woods, signs of fall are starting to pop up everywhere. The kids are back in school, and even more important: Football season has begun. And where there’s football, there’s beer.

This week, we’re classing it up with a beer-bourbon cocktail. Unlike the typical beer cocktail, which is generally made with a bit of booze, maybe something else, and lots of beer, this one has a more balanced booze-to-beer ratio.

The recipe calls for simple syrup, but I used a preserved-lemon simple syrup. So if you have something fun, sweet and citrusy, try that. Otherwise, plain simple syrup will do just fine.

Beer Bourbon Cocktail

1½ ounces bourbon
1 ounce Grand Marnier
½ ounce simple syrup
5 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
3 ounces light ale beer

Glassware: Double rocks glass

Method: Add the bourbon, Grand Marnier, simple syrup and bitters to a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Shake well, and strain into a chilled glass with ice. Top off with the beer, stir gently and enjoy.