15 Super Simple Beer Cocktails to Cool You Down this Summer

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Beer cocktails are one of the most versatile summer drinks out there because they're diverse enough (from fruit-based beers to sour varieties to malts) to mix with both the savory and the sweet. Not to mention that the ingredients are all grocery store accessible: easy to make with a simple Stella Artois, without breaking the bank. Ahead, we've broken down 15 hoppy recipes you'll want to save for summer.

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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.

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Beerita

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.

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Black and Tan

What's better than one beer, if not two beers? The magic of the black and tan is pretty simple—layering a darker beer (usually a stout) and a lighter beer (usually a pale ale) one on top of the other. But the effect? Delicioso.

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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.

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Brewgria

A different take on Sangria, this recipe subs in beer for wine and brandy. Combine ice, two 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.

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Bull's Eye

This Cuban drink is a mix worth checking out. Pour 1/3 cup of lime juice (about three 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.

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Chelada

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.

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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 six ounces each of tequila, orange juice, and lime juice, plus three ounces of orange liqueur if you want. After it's mixed, pour in six cans of a Mexican beer and you're done.

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French Monaco

For a fancier garden party option, serve up this pomegranate mixture that's a classic French-kids-at-brunch drink. The French Monaco is made from heating up 1½ oz.. of pomegranate syrup with 2 oz. of lemonade and a pale lager (like a simple Stella Artois), and shaking into a chilled glass.

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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. And if you fancy, add a few fresh mint leaves.

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Micheladas

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.

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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.

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Sidewalker

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. Finish with lemon wedges and enjoy.

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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.

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Summer Hoedown

Summer is watermelon season, so it's better time than ever to use leftover juice from your melon scraps to enhance the flavor of your favorite summer ale. Here, the watermelon pulp is puréed with cherry liqueur and topped with a tall beer.

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