How to Make an Imperial Royale (Or, What to Do With That Bud Light Lime in the Back of Your Fridge)

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The only think better than going to a pool party is hosting a pool party. Attitudes at a pool party are a lot more relaxed than at a formal cocktail party. From a hosting standpoint, they're great because the drinks are much lower maintenance. Instead of swizzling pitcher after pitcher of martinis, I can put out a punch of some sort and some good beer and we're all set for fun in the sun.

Oftentimes, people like to be helpful and bring along a contribution. It's fun to be surprised by unusual seasonal beers from around the country and world. And inevitably, there's someone's gift of a huge pack of Great American Macrobrew.

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There isn't anything wrong per se with mass-market American beers. Their banality is the main selling point, enabling them to sell a brand rather than a good product.

Then there's the variations on themes. Take, for example, Bud Light Lime. I feel like Bud Light Lime just shouldn't exist. It takes a boring beer, and adds a spritz of lime flavoring, but not enough to make it interesting. If I wanted a lime in my beer, I would have grabbed a wedge and given it a squeeze.

Still, every now and again, when I'm at a pool party, a pack of Bud Light Lime often makes an appearance. I'm always glad to put it out, but inevitably there's some left at the end that I'm not going to touch. What can I do to make it disappear before the party is over?

A couple of Boston bartenders have my back. They created a simple drink in response to the tendencies of modern mixologists to make overly complicated cocktails, fraught with things like rosemary-smoked gin and plum bitters. And the base of it? The once-dreaded Bud Light Lime.

This is a super-simple drink. Pour a Bud Light Lime, and then add a shot of St. Germain. The elderflower flavor of St. Germain pairs very well with lime. Somehow, it even elevates what little malt flavor there is in Bud Light Lime, making it taste almost like a halfway decent European lager. Almost.

Now I'm wondering, do I have the chutzpah required to bring this to a cocktail-loving friend's pool party? Only time will tell on that one.

Imperial Royale 1 bottle Bud Light Lime 1-1/2 ounces St. Germain elderflower liqueur

Build over ice in a large glass. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with a fresh raspberry, if desired.

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