Hop Over

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Cocktail History

The Hop Over is a refreshing beer cocktail that was created by Tom Richter at Dear Irving in New York City, New York. It uses a hoppy IPA as the aromatic foundation and complements it with genever (the predecessor to modern gin), velvet falernum liqueur, orange flower water, and lemon.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Beer: This is one of the base spirits. The recipe specifically called for a hoppy IPA so we went with one from Hinterland Brewery because it’s local to us here in Wisconsin.

Genever: This is the other base spirit. It’s a botanical juniper-flavored spirit and the predecessor to modern gin that can only be made in Holland or Belgium.

Velvet Falernum Liqueur: This is a low-proof liqueur. It adds Caribbean flair with an infusion of botanicals along with lime, almond, and cloves.

Lemon Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors that balance out the other ingredients. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Orange Flower Water: This is a clear and aromatic liquid that is made by distilling fresh orange blossoms to extract their essential oils. It adds a noticeable floral aroma and taste, and a little goes a long way. We used Cortas Orange Blossom Water because it’s one of the best on the market, in our opinion.

Lemon Wheel: This is the garnish. It adds fresh citrus aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Hop Over features the bitter fragrance of the IPA paired with tart lemon and the definite taste of hops, which is then softened by the flavors of lemon and falernum and given an earthiness by the genever.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We thought that the maltiness of the IPA and genever mix well here, and when combined with the other flavors, the Hop Over becomes a surprisingly light warm-weather sipper. Alex, who generally enjoys IPAs but doesn’t necessarily enjoy how heavy they can be, thought this drink was a great way to get the best part of both worlds. Even Kendall, who doesn’t usually drink beer at all, thought this was a tasty beer-based concoction that she might actually request again.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum.

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Ingredients
 Hoppy IPA
 1 oz Genever
 ¾ oz Velvet Falernum Liqueur
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 2 dashes Orange Flower Water
 1 Lemon Wheel

Method
1

Add genever, velvet falernum liqueur, orange flower water, and cracked ice to a pint glass.

2

Top with hoppy IPA.

3

Stir for 5-10 seconds.

4

Garnish with lemon wheel.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 Hoppy IPA
 1 oz Genever
 ¾ oz Velvet Falernum Liqueur
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 2 dashes Orange Flower Water
 1 Lemon Wheel

Directions

Method
1

Add genever, velvet falernum liqueur, orange flower water, and cracked ice to a pint glass.

2

Top with hoppy IPA.

3

Stir for 5-10 seconds.

4

Garnish with lemon wheel.

Hop Over

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More Beer Cocktails

If you like this beer-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Averna Stout Flip: A stout beer cocktail made with Amaro Averna, egg white, egg yolk, Angostura aromatic bitters, and grated nutmeg

 Black Velvet: A stout beer cocktail made with sparkling wine and a lemon twist

 End of the Line: A beer cocktail made with gin, orange curaçao, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, rosemary, grapefruit, and peppercorn bitters, and an orange slice

 Stout Sangaree: A Irish stout beer and port wine cocktail made with nutmeg

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