Although some consider mixing beer with liquor a recipe for disaster, those who appreciate beer cocktails know that they’re more than worth enjoying in moderation. Of course beer is delicious on its own, but every now and then, it’s fun to mix it up.
Beer + Gin
If you’re looking for a brighter, cleaner flavor that still tips its hat at winter, try this cocktail. The subtle juniper aromas from the gin give the summer-y beverage a bit of a woodsy, wintery flair. Start by stirring 2 oz of gin (Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, or Seneca Drums work well here) on ice with 1/2 oz of sweet vermouth and a dash of orange bitters. Strain into a pint glass and top with 14oz saison (try Ommegang Hennepin)
Beer + Juice
Trying for the perfect wake-up drink for a beer-infused brunch with friends? Or maybe just trying to spice up your juice-drinking life? Try combining various fresh juices and beers for a lighter cocktail. Give grapefruit and white beer a shot if you’re looking for something on the light, crisp side. For something a little different, try reducing apple cider by half, cooling it down, and using that in a 1:4 ratio with some straight lambic. Trying to get fancy? Serve your friends a cocktail of half clementine juice, half pilsner with pomegranate seeds in champagne flutes. The key to these drinks is to make sure all ingredients are cold, since they’re not served on ice. Experiment with ratios to find your ideal combinations.
Variations on the Irish Car Bomb
If you’re into darker stuff, I recommend trying to riff on the classic Irish Car Bomb. The classic is Bailey’s, Jameson, and Guinness. Try changing out the Bailey’s with Tía María, the Jameson with Mezcal, and the Guinness with Anchor Porter. Or use Frangelico instead of Bailey’s, Bulleit Bourbon instead of Jameson, and Sam Smith’s Nut Brown Ale.
These recommendations are simple starting points for your exploration purposes. Be bold, try different combinations, and, of course, remember that while these beer cocktails are fun, they do pack a punch. Enjoy in moderation and beware of the strength! Keep ingredients on hand for the brunch cocktail ideas, since some hair of the dog may be in order after a night of these.