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Beggar’s Banquet

A Collins glass filled with a reddish-brown beer cocktail, garnished with an orange half wheel on a head of foam
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If you’ve had a great Shandy, you know that bright citrus with a touch of sweetness can be a beer’s best friend. And the Beggar’s Banquet (a Hilton Orlando specialty) is no exception. Bourbon, maple syrup, fresh lemon, and crisp lager come together in this refreshing all-season cocktail, combining toasty fall notes with bright citrus and superfine bubbles in each bracing sip.

The best part? Beer-tails are incredibly easy to make, says Michael Przybyl, the beverage manager at David’s Club inside the hotel. “Beer has become very sophisticated and is the perfect base for a cocktail,” says Przybyl, who created the Beggar’s Banquet for the bar’s cocktail list. “Besides, why should liquor have all the fun?” With so many different styles to choose from, beer opens up a whole new world of flavors and textures for cocktails—from the deep, creamy maltiness of a stout or a porter to the bitter salinity and umami found in IPAs, it’s almost overwhelming to think about the possibilities and combinations. Plus, if you love both beer and cocktails, you’ll likely be a fan of beer-tails, and the Beggar’s Banquet is a delicious—and approachable—place to start. You might even have all of the ingredients already on hand.

This recipe can easily be scaled up as a batch for social gatherings, or assembled one-by-one on a hot summer day (or a breezy fall afternoon).


  • 2 ounces bourbon

  • 3/4 ounce maple syrup

  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed

  • 5 ounces lager, chilled

  • Garnish: orange half-wheel


  1. Add the bourbon, maple syrup and lemon juice into a highball glass filled with ice.

  2. Top with lager and stir gently and briefly to combine.

  3. Garnish with an orange half-wheel.