4 Beer Cocktails Even Non-Beer Drinkers Will Love

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Beer or cocktail? Actually—why not both? The beer cocktail (a cocktail with a brew base) has been on the up and up nationwide; you've no doubt encountered one on a recent night out. But if you, like many, have wrinkled your nose at the idea, we're here to convince you otherwise.

Below, courtesy of Anne Becerra, the beer expert behind NYC's Treadwell Park, are four beer cocktail recipes so good they'll immediately recruit you to the booze + brew team.

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Ingredients:

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  • Cucumber
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz fresh-squeezed lime
  • 1 oz elderflower liqueur
  • 1 and 1/2 oz gin
  • 1 bottle or can of a German pilsner (Becerra's pick: Krombacher Pils)
  • Spring of rosemary

Directions:

Muddle some cucumber with 1/2 oz simple syrup. Add your lime, elderflower liqueur, and gin—shake and strain over ice. Top with your pilsner, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz grapefruit vodka
  • 1 bottle or can IPA (Becerra's pick: Revolution Anti-Hero IPA)
  • Ice
  • Orange slice

Directions:

Muddle a slice of orange with 1/2 oz of simple syrup. Add the grapefruit vodka and ice, shake, and strain into a wine glass. Top with your IPA and garnish with an orange peel.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 oz vodka
  • 1 oz white peach puree
  • 1/2 oz Chambord
  • 1 bottle or can of Belgian Witbier (Becerra's pick: St. Bernardus Wit)
  • Raspberries, for garnish

Directions:

Shake all ingredients—besides the Belgian Witbier and raspberries—vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Top with a highly carbonated spicy Belgian Witbier. Garnish with raspberries.

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Ingredients:

  • Cherries
  • Orange slices
  • 2 - 3 dashes of simple syrup
  • 1 oz dark, well-aged rum
  • 1 bottle or can of barleywine beer (Becerra's pick: Central Waters BBA Barleywine)
  • Bitters
  • Ice

Directions:

Muddle a cherry, slice of orange, and a few dashes of simple syrup in a rocks glass. Fill with ice and add 1 oz dark, well-aged rum. Top with Bourbon barrel-aged barley wine, add a dash of bitters, and do a quick stir.

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Samantha Leal
Samantha Leal

Samantha Leal is the Deputy Editor at Well+Good, where she spends most of her day thinking of new ideas across platforms, bringing on new writers, overseeing the day-to-day of the website, and working with the awesome team to produce the best stories and packages. Before W+G, she was the Senior Web Editor for Marie Claire and the Deputy Editor for Latina.com, with bylines all over the internet. Graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a minor in African history, she’s written everything from travel guides to political op-eds to wine explainers (currently enrolled in the WSET program) to celebrity profiles. Find her online pretty much everywhere @samanthajoleal.