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15 Must-Try Beer Cocktails

I always lean towards mixing things up behind the bar, and beer cocktails hit just the right spot. Combining the best of both worlds, these drinks blend the refreshing fizz of beer with the robust flavors of spirits. It’s like giving your favorite brew a zippy twist. What I love most is the versatility – there’s something for everyone. Light and citrusy options cool you down on a hot day, while the richer, deeper mixes are perfect for sipping slowly. I strongly recommend checking out this roundup for some top-notch beer cocktail recipes.

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Michelada

Michelada

A Michelada is a refreshing beer cocktail with Mexican lager, fresh lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, and spicy seasonings like Tabasco or soy sauce. I love the combination of bold flavors and the ultimate thirst-quenching taste!


Black Velvet

Black Velvet

Black Velvet is a simple cocktail that combines two classic drinks: a pint of stout and a glass of Champagne. It’s an ideal choice for winter celebrations and romantic dates – perfect for adding a touch of sophistication to any gathering. The combination of stout and Champagne creates a unique flavor that will impress your guests.


Chelada

Chelada
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If you’re looking for a light and summery beer cocktail, look no further than the Chelada. This traditional Mexican blend of cold beer, tomato juice, lime juice, and Worcestershire sauce is an excellent way to cool down on a hot day. It’s easy to make and even easier to enjoy! Give it a try for your next backyard BBQ.


Beermosa

Beermosa
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I’m a huge fan of drinking a mimosa (or two or three) at Sunday brunch. But if you’re a beer-lover like me, you can swap out the Champagne for bubbly, light beer instead! Orange juice and beer might sound strange initially, but you might like it even more than a standard mimosa!


Radler

Radler
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It’s easy enough to find refreshing Radlers in liquor or grocery stores. Still, it’s even better when you combine German lager, sparkling lemonade, and a few garnishes in your kitchen. I like whipping up Radlers for my friends when we want to hang out outside during a lazy summer Sunday.


Beer Punch

Beer Punch
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Another excellent summer hangout drink is a Beer Punch, which only requires beer, pineapple juice, and ginger ale. The result is a bubbly, tropical, flavorful delight that’s tasty and easy to sip on! I like making a punch bowl of this for barbecues because every type of drinker seems to love it.


Beer Margarita

Beer Margarita
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Who says you’re not allowed to combine beer and tequila? If you’re making a Beer Margarita, you sure can! Using pilsner-style beer is the best option because it’s light enough not to ruin the tequila taste, so it’s only a twist on the standard Marg instead of a completely new drink.


Lemon Shandy

Lemon Shandy
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A Lemon Shandy is one of my favorite beer cocktails because it’s refreshing, light, and citrusy all at the same time. I love making these for casual summer gatherings with little time for complicated ingredients or instructions.


Snakebite

Snakebite
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If you’re looking for beer cocktails with a bit more kick, then try out the Snakebite. The combination of hard apple cider and a dry Irish stout like Guinness may initially seem strange, but it’s undeniably good. If you wished Guinness was a bit lighter and fruiter, you’ll love this drink.


Beer Bloody Mary

Beer Bloody Mary
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When you make a Beer Bloody Mary, you use all of the well-loved Bloody Mary ingredients like tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and so on. The only difference is that you add some pale lager, which takes your Bloody Mary up a notch and makes it a bit fizzier without watering it down – genius!


Jealous Moon

Jealous Moon
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Jealous Moon is a unique beer cocktail incorporating chilled pale ale with two types of amaro, an Italian liqueur. The result is a simultaneously sophisticated yet down-to-earth beverage ideal for a first date or a night on the town.


Irish Car Bomb

Irish Car Bomb

A beer cocktail that’s a little less on the sophisticated side is an Irish Car Bomb. But hey – they’re so much fun! This classic barroom drink is made with a stout beer like Guinness, Irish whiskey like Jameson, and a sweetener like Irish cream. It’s called a car bomb because the idea is to drop the whiskey cream shot into the pint of Guinness and chug it immediately.


Here Comes The Sun

Here Comes The Sun
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Here Comes The Sun is an appropriately named beer cocktail because it’s the perfect combination of a refreshing summertime beer and a revitalizing ginger-lemon cocktail. I like creating this for myself when I’m in the mood to cool off on a warm summer weekend.


Cold in the Shadows

Cold in the Shadows
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Cold in the Shadows seems like it might be a winter drink, but this combination of raspberry, honey, and lime flavors is enjoyable at any time of the year. And when you add an IPA to it, this seemingly sweet beverage becomes just the right amount of hoppy and intense, ideal for afternoon sipping.


Shandy Maker

Shandy Maker
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Another IPA-featuring beer cocktail is the Shandy Maker, which also incorporates bourbon, grapefruit juice, and marjoram for a dynamic, sour, herbal, punchy combination that’s hard to resist. It’s a unique drink that not everyone enjoys, but I like making it for friends with dynamic tastes because they’re always intrigued and impressed by this one!


A Michelada cocktail in a tall, rimmed glass, placed on a rustic wooden table. The cocktail has a deep red color, indicative of the mix of beer, lime juice, assorted sauces, spices, and tomato juice. The rim of the glass is coated with salt or a spicy seasoning, adding to its bold appearance. A lime wedge sits on the rim as garnish. The glass is simple yet functional, perfectly suited for this traditional Mexican drink. The background features a casual, sunny outdoor setting, perhaps a patio or a beachside bar, with natural elements and a relaxed atmosphere, enhancing the refreshing and casual nature of the Michelada.

15 Beer Cocktail Recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 3 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer cocktails
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Expand your horizons and try these creative and refreshing beer cocktails.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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