Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Beer Cocktails

I was reading my favorite regional magazine: Sunset, and came across an article about beer cocktails. My fiance, of course the "beer purist" would never disgrace beer by making it into a cocktail. However, I may convince him these are the bees knees! Beer cocktails are making a come back this summer at bars and are the perfect summer refreshers that are just as easy to make at home.


4 parts ale
1 part lemonade to top off.
lemon for garnish


1 part stout
1 part sparkling wine
The most common beer "cocktails" contain no hard alcohol at all, they are simply equal parts of two types of beer or cider layered on top of each other in a pint glass. This includes a dark stout like Guinness with a light-colored ale in the Black and Tan, and lager beer and hard apple cider in the Snakebite. We'd also put the Black Velvet in this category, a mix of stout and Champagne best poured as follows: Fill glass halfway with bubbly, then pour stout over a spoon, slowly, to create a layered effect.
(Pair with french fries, or a sausage- potato breakfast casserole)
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The Michelada is a refreshing cocktail, originally from Mexico, made with beer, lime juice, and hot sauce, served in a salt-rimmed glass over ice. Cocktail consultants The Tippling Brothers created several variations of the Michelada, including the Happy Mich, for Mercadito restaurants in New York. It retains the spicy/soothing format of the original beer cocktail, and brings some interesting hot seasonings, cooling watermelon, and hibiscus flavors into the mix.
(Pair with quesadillas)
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4 parts hefeweizen
1 part orrange juice
1 shot amaretto per drink

1 part ginger beer
1 part lager

 To make it more interesting you can add lemon juice and orange curracao.
 Courtesy of: Tipsy Texan 

In a pint glass, combine 1 tablespoon honey, the juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 ounce gin, and pinch of salt.  Slowly pour 1 bottle or can of Pale Ale to fill glass, and garnish with a lemon wedge. Makes 1 drink.
Courtesy of every day food


Bartender Gina Chersevani developed this cheeky beer cocktail as a "cure" for the economic recession: It sells for the discounted price of $5 on her menu at PS 7's in Washington, DC. It combines a light, value-priced beer such as Miller High Life with a splash of juice and ginger liqueur.
(Pair with buffalo wings or monte cristo sandwich)
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