12 Super Simple Beer Cocktails to Make this Summer
Beer cocktails have gotten a bad rap that, frankly, needs fixing. And before you start squirming over the idea of a complicated and pricey process, know this: everything below should be available for under $20.
By Leah Melby
1. Black Velvet
Also done with champagne, the cider version is much more delicious (and at a slim two ingredients, it's blissfully easy to make). Combine half Guinness and half cider, starting with the latter and then pouring the beer in over the back of a large rounded spoon.
The simpler version of the Bloody Mary'esque Michelada, you won't find a single excuse not to whip this one up. Moisten the rim of a glass and coat with salt, add ice, a quarter cup of lime juice, and Mexican beer.
For a little spicier (and more complicated) take on the above, try this concoction. Mix a quarter cup of lime juice with a teaspoon of soy sauce and two teaspoons each of Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Then add in 1 1/2 cups of Mexican beer like Corona and pour into glasses rimmed with salt and black pepper.
4. Lemon Shandy
Think of it as hard lemonade, but a touch softer. Start with a quarter cup of lemonade and add a cup of beer, adding more of whichever for your preferred flavor. Get fancy by adding a few fresh mint leaves.
To be a very popular girl at your next party, whip this mixture up in the blender. Pour in four bottles or cans of beer, one cup of tequila, and one can of frozen limeade concentrate (or whatever similar is available in your local grocery store freezer). Add more ice depending how frosty you want it to be.
A different take on Sangria, this recipe subs in beer for wine and brandy. Combine ice, 2 bottles of a summery beer like Hoegaarden, a large bottle of framboise lambic (Lindemans is a common brand), and whatever fruits you prefer, including a little bit of sliced orange.
7. Bull's Eye
This Cuban drink is a mix worth checking out. Pour 1/3 cup of lime juice (about 3 limes) into a pitcher and add a can of light beer and ginger ale. Add one or two tablespoons of sugar, stir until it dissolves, and drink over ice.
8. Redneck Mother
The strongly flavored ingredients of this summery sip means it'll appeal to those who typically don't like the taste of straight beer. For a single drink, put an ounce of grapefruit juice and just under an ounce of sloe gin into your cup. Fill the remaining portion of your cup with a blonde beer and top with ginger beer.
9. Beer Punch
What if you could have a refreshing fruit punch...but buzzier? For this perfect-for-the-outdoors combo, start with a large pitcher or bowl and mix 12 ounces of Sprite, 2 1/2 cups of pineapple juice, and six bottles or cans of your preferred beer (throw in sliced lemons, limes, and oranges for a pretty touch). Ladle out into individual cups and start the party.
10. Coupe de Ville
This cheekily named drink references the Grand Marnier-spiked Cadillac margarita and it's perfect for citrus lovers (do you sense a new favorite breakfast cocktail?). Combine 6 ounces each of tequila, orange juice, and lime juice, plus 3 ounces of orange liqueur if you want. After it's mixed, pour in 6 cans of a Mexican beer and you're done.
11. Spicy Chili Beer
Consider this mostly beer recipe if your eyes are always drawn to the jalapeño marg. Pour a bottle of light-bodied wheat beer over ice and then add a 1/3 cup of lime juice, 2 1/2 teaspoons of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder. Mix and garnish with a lime wedge, adding a touch more chili if you want to turn up the heat.
Sweeten up your beer with a dose of one of America's oldest beverages. This mix calls for adding sweet 3/4 cup maple syrup, 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 1/4 cups lemon juice, and 1 1/4 cups applejack with 4 cups of hefeweizen beer and 3/4 cup of club soda. Finished with lemon wedges and enjoy.
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