Refreshing Beer-based Cocktails

Lighten your brews with unexpected mixers


June 21 may mark the official start of summer, but it's been heating up around these parts for the last few weeks now and we've been gravitating toward the cold brews to quench our thirst. But rising temperature is no reason to give up on cocktails entirely this season! We thought it'd be a good time to revisit some of these beer-based drinks, while discovering new ones, to work double duty in keeping you refreshed in the months ahead.

And don't worry, these aren't going to recall bad memories of certain shot-in-glass beverages like the Irish Car Bomb and its faux Japanese cousin, the Sake Bomb. There are a lot of great ways to enjoy beer and cocktails together with taste - and not necessarily intoxication (no chugging) - in mind.

Don't forget to tell us what your favorite beer-based cocktails are!

Photo courtesy of Bryan Bruchman via Flickr/Creative Commons

Los Feliz Michelada

2 oz tomato juice (sangrita)
1/2 oz lime juice
Spice to desired heat (Tabasco, Valentina,etc)

Pour over favorite Mexican beer in salted rim Collins glass (pint or water glass will work), half ice, garnish with a lime.

Black Velvet

1 part Guinness stout
1 part Brut Champagne

Fill an empty Collins glass part-way with a Guinness (or other stout beer), top with Champagne. Stir.


Pour 1 oz ultrasmoky single-malt Scotch, such as Ardbeg or Laphroaig, into a pint glass. Add 12 oz chilled Bud or other American pilsner.

Bee Sting

Combine equal parts beer and orange juice. A tangy brunch alternative to the Mimosa!

St. Germain Shandy

5 parts Pilsner beer
1.5 parts St-Germain
2 lemon wedges

Stir ingredients together in a pint glass filled halfway to the top with ice. Squeeze two wedges (or half a lemon) and submerge into glass. Impress revelers with savoir faire of refreshing cocktails de bière.

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  • At iX MiXer we have a new obsession with beer cocktails. We have created two recently Raspberry Wild Ale and Belgian Ale Sunrise. Both are perfect for the summer.

    Jun 22, 2011 at 1:29 PM

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