Winter Shandy Punch

We love this simple punch. Not too sweet, not too strong. A celebratory spritzer that goes down perhaps a touch too easy. 

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2/3 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup apple brandy
1 cup (strong) ginger beer
~4 12-ounce pilsner beers
sliced lemon

Strain the lemon juice into a small saucepan, stir in the maple syrup, and bring just to a simmer over medium-low heat. Once the syrup is well incorporated into the lemon juice remove from heat, transfer to a medium bowl, and chill.

To assemble the punch, add the brandy and well-chilled ginger beer to the lemon-maple mixture. Stir well, then transfer to a punch bowl. If you have an ice block, place this (or equivalent ice cubes) in the bowl as well, along with some thinly sliced lemon. Now add the beer to taste - 4 bottles of pilsner strikes us as about right, but you might go a bit more or less depending on how strong or sweet you like your punch.

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