What’s better than an ice-cold beer? An ice-cold beer cocktail, of course.
Instead of having the oft-ordered beer and a shot, why not put the two together and create the perfect boozy balance? In the last year or so, beer has become an integral ingredient in cocktails as bartenders and mixologists experiment with various flavors to create new flavor profiles.
If you are typically a beer lover, but aren’t much into spirits, these cocktails are an ideal way to transition from the bountiful beer world to the cocktail universe. Below are some delicious beer cocktail creations for you to try at home. And because April marks marks North Carolina Beer Month, we have also included a DIY Beer Body Scrub that the Umstead Hotel and Spa (located in Cary, N.C.) has created to celebrate the month of malts. Grab a drink, relax with a spa treatment. Any way you look at it, you’ll be getting hopped up.
Courtesy of Anthony Caporale
- 1 part DRAMBUIE® Scotch Liqueur
- 1 bottle Ale (Such as Brooklyn IPA)
Preparation: Pour DRAMBUIE into a pint glass and add your favorite ale.
Courtesy of Jonathan Pogash
- 2 oz. Pendleton Whisky
- 1 oz. Orange Juice
- 2 oz. Lemonade
- Beer, to Top
- Orange Slice, for Garnish
Preparation: Build ingredients directly in a pint or pilsner glass filled with ice.
Courtesy of Elvis Djesevic, Il Mulino Prime in New York
- 2 oz. Cutty Sark Whisky
- 1 oz. Disaronno Originale
- 1 can/bottle Guinness Extra Stout
- Sprig of Fresh Mint, for Garnish
Preparation: Pour the whisky and Disaronno in a tall, ice-packed pilsner glass and stir. Top with Guinness. Garnish with fresh mint leaf.
Courtesy of Artimeo Vasquez, BKB in New York
- 1 1/2 oz. Vida Mezcal
- 1 oz. Ruby Port
- 1/2 oz. Clove Syrup (simple syrup infused with cloves to taste)
- 3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
- 1 tbsp. Brandied Maraschino Cherries
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 1 bottle Pilsner Urquell
- 1 Orange Peel
Preparation: Muddle cherries in lemon juice. Add mezcal, port, clove syrup and bitters. Shake and strain into a Collins glass, then top with Pilsner Urquell. Garnish with an orange twist.
Courtesy of Restaurant Toloache Thompson
- 1 bottle Pacifico Beer
- 2 oz. Lime Juice
- 1 tsp. Tapatio Hot Sauce
- 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
- Tajin Chile Piquin, for Rim of Glass
- Lime Wedge, for Garnish
Preparation: Fill a Tajin-rimmed glass 1/4 with ice. In a separate glass or bowl, combine the Tapito hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce with the lime juice; stir well. Pour the Pacifico beer to fill the glass. Garnish with the lime wedge.
Pardon My French, Mary
Makes: 2 drinks
Courtesy of Simone Sebbah, Pardon My French in New York
- 2 oz. Referent Vodka
- 3 oz. Tomato Juice
- 3/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
- 3/4 tsp. Spicy Paprika
- 1/4 tsp. Fresh Black Pepper, Ground
- 1 tsp. Himalayan Sea Salt
- 1 Lemon, Juiced
- 1 Guinness Beer
- 4 Spanish olives, for garnish
Preparation: Stir together the tomato juice, cayenne pepper, spicy paprika and juice from the lemon in a spouted liquid measuring cup until combined. Add Referent vodka. Combine the black pepper and sea salt in a shallow bowl. Wet the rim of two cocktail glasses and dip into the salt mixture to coat evenly. Pour half of the tomato juice mixture into the glass and top with half of the Guinness beer. Garnish each drink with three olives on a skewer.
DIY Beer Body Scrub
Courtesy of Pastry Chef Evan Sheridan and Spa Director Carolyn Doe, The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, N.C.) Infused with local favorite Willow Wit Beer, this body scrub softens dry winter skin, pulls out impurities, and even helps shield against harmful UV rays.
- 5 oz. Epsom Salt
- 1-2 tbsp. Olive oil
- 1 tbsp. of Weeping Willow Wit beer
- 2-3 drops Lemon Oil
- 1 Basil Leaf, Finely Chopped
Preparation: In a mixing bowl, combine the epsom salt and olive oil. Slowly add the beer and wait until it settles in the bowl. Mix in remaining ingredients. Prepare a warm shower and gently apply the scrub in circular motions over your legs, exfoliating the skin to a smooth finish. Breathe deeply and absorb the gentle aromas. If you experience breakouts, apply to your shoulders and back to soothe and remove impurities in the skin. After each use, store the remainder in an air tight container and keep refrigerated.