There’s an old adage, “Liquor before beer, you’re in the clear.” But what if you’re looking to enjoy the two mixed together?
In the right combinations, beer can add body, bubbles and a foamy kick to cocktails. Whether beer becomes the star of the show or is accenting a given spirit, these beer cocktails can really delight your taste buds.
It’s like a margarita, but better! Simply take the typical mix of tequila, Cointreau and lime juice, shake it all up and then top it with a Mexican lager.
And as long as you have a Mexican lager, you can also choose to add lime juice, Tabasco and worcestershire sauces for a deliciously spicy Michelada.
Beer Bloody Mary
This drink is like a cross between a Michelada and a regular Bloody Mary. With the addition of a pale lager, It’s a real thirst-quencher that doesn’t overwhelm the other flavors.
In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, celery salt and 2 or 3 ice cubes. Shake well to combine, then strain into a glass. Top with the lager and serve immediately, garnish with a celery stalk.
A spaghett is essentially an Aperol spritz that uses beer in place of sparkling wine. The best part? You don’t even need to mix this in a shaker. You can take a swig of any mild lager-style beer (think Michelob Ultra or similar) and then pour the Aperol & lemon juice directly in the beer bottle! It’s cold, fizzy, refreshing, and not too high in alcohol.
This drink combines champagne and dark beer in a single glass, which is an unlikely combination that will pleasantly surprise you.
For the stout, Guinness Extra Stout is a solid choice but we also suggest our Oatmeal Stout. To make, pour the champagne into a wine flute, filling the glass about halfway. Slowly top with the stout to fill the glass. If you’re careful while pouring it, you can get the two ingredients to create the beautiful layers of pale sparkling wine with a thick black base and foamy head.
This unexpected cocktail features Campari, mezcal, cinnamon-demerara syrup, lime juice and the ale of your choice. Campari has a distinctive flavor and is best known for its use in the classic Negroni. While it isn’t a spirit people usually enjoy straight, this drink can help change perceptions of the often misunderstood liqueur.
To make, add the mezcal, Campari, cinnamon-demerara syrup and lime juice into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with ale and garnish with a cinnamon stick.