If you’re one who craves a little bit of variety after drinking the umpteenth can of beer of the day, here are five beer-based cocktail recipes that you can easily make.
The bitter-sweet taste of the Aperol aperitif adds a dash of complexity to an otherwise ordinary Belgian-style wheat beer like Hoegaarden. Add with lemon juice, and the resulting drink is a zesty thirst quencher!
1 oz. Aperol
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 bottle of Belgian-style wheat beer (such as Hoegaarden)
Lemon twist (for serving)
Method: Combine Aperol and lemon juice in a pint glass filled with ice. Top off with beer. Garnish with lemon twist.
“Dublin Iced Coffee”
Is it a drink? A dessert? Who cares? In this Dublin Iced Coffee, stout, coffee, and whiskey combine to make a killer combo that rivals the Espresso Martini.
2 oz. strong cold-brew coffee
2 oz. Guinness stout
1.5 oz. Irish whiskey
0.75 oz. simple syrup
0.5 oz. heavy cream
Freshly grated cinnamon stick (for serving)
Method: Mix coffee, stout, whiskey, and simple syrup in a highball glass. Add ice to fill. Gently pour in cream so it gradually sinks into coffee; sprinkle with cinnamon.
If you’re one who likes their drink sweet mixed with hoppy bitterness, the watermelon-based Summer Hoedown was made for you – and everyone else looking to beat the afternoon heat.
1 seedless watermelon, seeded and diced.
Sugar (if necessary)
1/4 cup Luxardo maraschino liqueur
4 bottles of beer
Method: Blend watermelon and strain out the pulp. Add the sugar to the juice and stir until dissolved. Refrigerate until chilled. Transfer into a large bowl, then add the maraschino liqueur and beer and stir gently to combine.
Served at Pittburgh’s Dish Osteria and Bar, the Cerveza Nicola is an easy way to posh-up a light beer like Peroni or Corona, delivering a cocktail that even snobs will want to try.
0.5 oz. Campari
0.5 oz. vodka
1 bottle of pale lager beer like Corona
Method: Combine all ingredients except beer in a glass filled with ice. Top with beer and garnish with an orange slice.
If you fancy an all-American beer cocktail, Shock Me will perk your palate up with a combination of malty, bitter, and sweet flavours. The original recipe calls for a Brooklyn Brown Ale, but the malty Newcastle Brown Ale will do well as a substitute.
1/4 cup other brown ale
2 Tbsp bourbon (such as Maker’s Mark)
1 tsp Southern Comfort
1 tsp pure maple syrup
Method: Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Stir this mix gently for 10 seconds and then strain into an Old Fashioned glass.