Beer is excellent on its own, but it also makes a wonderful base for mixed drinks. With today's wide range of beer styles and craft brews, now is a great opportunity to try a new recipe that will help you break up your beer-drinking routine. Take your time as in this post, Drinkies.ph will round up with the best 12 easy-to-make beer cocktails to elevate your drinking experience. These recipes are simple to prepare, so have fun trying out different beer combinations! 

12 best beer cocktails to try in 2021

Lagerita beer cocktail

What's even more refreshing and tempting than a Margarita cocktail? With the tang of lime and the subtle sweetness of orange liqueur, the classic Margarita strikes all of the right keys and has inspired bartenders to come up with a completely new beer version - the Lagerita beer cocktail. This amazing twist is topped with a pale lager, making for the ultimate drink mashup. Just take the typical combination of tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice, shake it all up well, and then top it with Modelo Especial. It's sure a drink you'll be craving all year long.

Ingredients: 

  • Salt (optional)
  • 2 oz of tequila
  • 3/4 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 4 oz beer lager (Heineken, for instance, for the perfect golden visual aids)
  • Garnish: use a thin lime wheel

Instructions: 

  1. If desired, coat the rim of a highball cocktail glass with salt, fill the glass with ice, and set it aside.
  2. Add the tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake it roughly until well-chilled.
  3. Strain the drink into your prepared glass.
  4. Top with your favorite beer.
  5. Garnish: use a thin lime wheel

Spicy Pineapple Shandy beer cocktail

Give your shandy a tropical twist with an intriguing combination of heat and pineapple. It's a fun take on this popular drink that is super easy to make. It's perfect for those times when you want to dress up your beer and serve it at cookouts.

The base of this shandy is tequila, which is then spiced up with handmade jalapeo simple syrup and sweet, fresh pineapple juice. All you have to do now is pour your favorite beer over it. Pale lager beer like Heineken or Tiger Crystal complements the taste beautifully, but most lighter beers will work just fine. It's not an overly spicy alcoholic drink, either, but if you're not so sure about the heat, just leave out the jalapeno.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 oz tequila
  • 2 oz fresh pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz jalapeño simple syrup (optional)
  • 6 oz of your favorite beer

Instructions: 

  1. In a pint glass, combine the fruit juices, tequila, and jalapeño syrup (optional). Stir the glass well.
  2. Fill the glass with small ice cubes (if desired) and top with beer. Serve and enjoy.

Black and Tan beer cocktail

You may have spotted a spoon dangling from your local bar's beer tap. At first glance, it may appear out of place, but this action serves a very specific purpose. This technique is commonly referred to as a black and tan spoon, and it's used to make a variety of layered beer beverages, with the black and tan beer cocktail being the most popular. 

The recipe is just simple with half a pint of pale ale being poured first, then topping it with a dark coating of Guinness Stout. A Black and tan cocktail is delicious, looks wonderful, and isn't difficult to make after you've mastered a few tricks.

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz of pale ale beer
  • 6 oz of Guinness stout beer

Instructions: 

  1. Fill your beer glass halfway with the pale ale
  2. Float the Guinness beer on top by slowly and gently pouring it over the back of a spoon to fill the beer glass. Thanks to the back of the spoon, the flow is somewhat interrupted and distributed, allowing the two drinks to remain separate as they come together in the glass.
  3. Serve and enjoy.

Michelada

The iconic Michelada is one of the most popular beer-based bar beverages. It's a funny yet spicy way to dress up beer, and there are no bartender secrets to doing it at home. All you need to do is to mix a few common kitchen components with your favorite pale lager beer to make the Michelada. Start with a squeeze of lime, then add soy and Worcestershire sauces, followed by a dash of spicy sauce. It's a delightful recipe that can be adjusted to suit your tastes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 3 dashes of hot sauce
  • 3 dashes of soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • Ground black pepper (optional), to taste
  • 1 ( equivalent to 12-ounce) bottle pale lager beer
  • A lime slice, for garnish

Instructions: 

  1. Fill a beer mug or chilled pint glass halfway with ice.
  2. Add the sauces, lime juice, and pepper.
  3. Stir the beer glass until the drink is well mixed.
  4. Slowly top with your favorite beer.
  5. Garnish the beer glass with a slice of lime. Serve and enjoy right away.

Radler Paloma beer cocktail

Radler Paloma is one of the most popular beer cocktails in pubs and bars. Having said that, it also makes a delicious mix at home just with a few simple steps. This twist on Tequila and Stiegl Radler is rounded with fresh grapefruit and lime juices. The result is a tall, chilled, refreshing Paloma-based cocktail that is just a tad boozier than your average beer option.

Ingredients

  • 2 z tequila
  • 3/4 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 3 oz Stiegl radler beer, to top
  • Garnish with a grapefruit twist

Instructions: 

  1. Add all the above ingredients except the beer into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake the container until well-chilled.
  2. Strain the mixture into a Collins glass over ice.
  3. Top gently with the beer.
  4. Squeeze a bit of the oil of a grapefruit twist over top, and use the twist as a garnish.

Chelada

Chelada beer cocktail is a must-try for anyone who likes a slight hint of lime in their beer. This versatile mixed cocktail was created to complement refreshing Mexican beers, but it will work with any light pale lager in your fridge. Chelada cocktail is made with the entire lime juice and simply a rim of coarse salt or Tajin to round out the flavor. If you're not sure about the salt rim, there's no need to commit to this full mixed drink.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • Coarse salt (or Tajin salt)
  • 1  (12-ounce) bottle light lager (Tiger Crystal for instance)
  • A thin lime wedge to garnish

Instructions: 

  1. Rub freshly-squeezed lime juice on the rim of a large, tall cocktail glass and apply the salt to the rim of the glass
  2. Fill with small ice cubes and add the lime juice gently.
  3. Top off with your favorite pale lager beer.
  4. Garnish: use a thin lime wedge. Enjoy.

Shandy beer cocktails

What would your fall festive season be without a tall, refreshing shandy? If you have yet to enjoy this refreshing drink, you're missing out on a real treat. The basic shandy beer cocktail recipe is nothing more than an equal combination of beer and lemonade. Despite its simplicity, it is a spectacular and delicious mix. Best of all, it surely becomes an entirely new experience with every beer that you pour. You’re free to explore and tempt your taste with any beer bottle, but try not to go to too dark or heavy drinking options.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ( equivalent to 12-ounce) can or bottle beer
  • 6 oz fresh lemonade
  • A thin lemon slice, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pour your favorite beer into a chilled pint glass until it is about half full.
  2. Fill the pint glass with fresh lemonade.
  3. Garnish with a thin lemon slice. Serve and enjoy.

Watermelon beer cocktail

How about making an extremely fresh, delicious watermelon beer cocktail out of any leftover watermelon. This watermelon cocktail is a twist on the popular shandy, and it's ready in minutes with only three ingredients.

The watermelon beer recipe is a freshly muddled combination of summertime fruit with vanilla syrup. It's a tempting drink that's just waiting for your favorite wheat beer (one of the best styles for any shandy cocktail). The taste is just crisp, fruity, and somewhat sweet, creating one of the most refreshing beer drinking options you'll enjoy all year round.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of small cubed watermelon
  • 1/2 oz vanilla syrup
  • 6 oz wheat beer

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing cocktail glass, muddle the watermelon cubes to extract its juice.
  2. Strain out the seed and the fruit pieces, leaving only the juice.
  3. Gently pour the vanilla syrup into a frosty pint cocktail glass, then fill it halfway with watermelon juice.
  4. Top with the wheat beer. Serve and enjoy.

Black Velvet beer cocktail

When you really want to jazz up your beer, the Black Velvet is exactly what you're looking for. Simple yet fascinating,  this old-fashioned drink is the best way to commemorate any occasion in style. You may think this an unlikely combination but it actually tastes really good. 

Black Velvet beer cocktail has been around for a very long time and could be considered the original beer mixed drink! You'll need a dark stout beer (Guinness is a good choice) and a bottle of Champagne. The two drinks are mixed in equal parts, and the result is an amazing glass of bubbly that is sure to impress both wine and beer drinkers as well.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz chilled Champagne
  • 4 oz chilled stout

Instructions:

  1. Slowly pour the Champagne into a wine flute, just about half of the glass.
  2. Slowly add the stout on top to fill the glass. Serve and enjoy.

Corrido Prohibidos beer tails

There’s no limit to building up your one-of-a-kind beer cocktail with liquor ingredients. When you can't decide between a shot of tequila and a bottle of beer, combine the two, which is what the Corrido prohibidos recipe does. Choose a quality tequila (1800 Reposado tequila will be a  decent choice) and your favorite Mexican beer for this one. It's easy and refreshing, and it's even better if you salt the rim of your glass.

Drink it slowly because corridos go down easily and you may drink too many without realizing it. One corrido has an ABV of around 14 percent, equal to a glass of wine; however, this recipe varies depending on the tequila and type of beer used.

Ingredients:

  • A thin lime wedge, for rimming
  • Coarse salt, to make the salt rim
  • 2 oz of 1800 Reposado tequila
  • 6 oz Mexican beer

Instructions:

  1. Using a thin lime wedge to wet the rim of your beer mug, salt the rim by rolling or dipping it into a small dish of coarse salt.
  2. Pour Reposado tequila into the glass.
  3. Tip the glass and slowly pour your favorite Mexican beer on top.
  4. Garnish: Use a thin lime wedge. Serve and enjoy.

Mayan Michelada

Now that you’ve got the original Michelada recipe, you’re ready to crank out batches of this updated cocktail version at your next brunch. Beer is usually the sole source of alcohol in a Michelada mixed drink, but you’re free to give this Mayan Michelada an extra jolt with a small pour of Joven mezcal, which adds agave notes and subtle smoke to the drink.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz Joven mezcal
  • 1/2 oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 oz agave nectar
  • 5 dashes of hot sauce
  • 5 dashes of seasoning sauce
  • 1 bottle of your favorite lager, chilled
  • Garnish with a chipotle salt rim and a lime wedge

Instructions:

  1. Rim a beer glass with chipotle salt and set it aside.
  2. Add all the ingredients except your beer into a shaker filled with small ice cubes and shake it roughly.
  3. Strain the mixture into the prepared glass over ice.
  4. Top with your favorite beer.
  5. Garnish with a thin lime wedge.

Boiler Room beer cocktail

Fall is here and nothing can defeat a delicious cocktail that gives you a hint of the season. This Boiler Room cocktail, a mix of bourbon, marigold tea, ginger liqueur, lemon juice, and honey syrup, all topped with your favorite beer, is a combination of familiar flavors that you can easily find in your kitchen in an unexpected mix. It's sure to become your brand new go-to comfort beer cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz bourbon
  • 1/2 oz ginger liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz marigold tea, brewed and let chilled
  • 1 ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz honey syrup
  • 3 oz pale lager beer, chilled
  • Garnish with a lemon twist

Instructions:

  1. Add the ginger liqueur, bourbon, marigold tea, fresh lemon juice, and honey syrup into a pint glass filled with small ice cubes and stir well to combine.
  2. Top with your go-to beer and stir the glass again gently and briefly to combine.
  3. Garnish onto the top with a long lemon twist.

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