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Cool and refreshing beer cocktails

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Mixed Drinks With Beer

Summer means sipping on light beers and delicious frozen cocktails, why not try combining the two with thirst-quenching beer cocktails. They are cold and refreshing on a hot afternoon and will quench your thirst better than a few regular beers. Be creative and try mixing one of the many craft brews with your favorite cocktail.

Mixed Drinks With Beer

Beer Cocktail Recipes


Makes 1 serving

This may sound like a morning hangover remedy more than a superb summer libation, but it hits the spot on a sweltering evening after a hot day at the beach or park. For a simple syrup recipe (and more sensational summer drinks), read Summer cocktail recipes with tequila.

1 bottle of light beer
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons simple syrup
Couple drops of grenadine
One slice of orange or raspberry for garnish

Combine beer, orange juice, and simple syrup in a shaker. Pour mixture over ice in a pint glass. Top off with a few drops of grenadine. Garnish with a piece of fruit.

Ultimate Craft Brew Margarita

Makes 12 servings

If craft brews are new to you, check out these craft beer basics.

1 1/2 cups tequila
1/2 cup Grand Marnier
1/3 bottle your favorite craft brew
1 can frozen lemonade concentrate
Juice from 1 lemon
Juice from 1 lime
Sugar to taste
Salt, to rim the glass

Blend all ingredients except salt in a blender until smooth. Dip margarita glasses in water then in salt and fill glasses with mixture.

Note: This can also be made on the rocks, blend all ingredients except ice, pour mixture over ice in a large pitcher.

Spiked Lemonade

Makes 1 drink

1 cup fresh lemonade, plus 1 splash
1 bottle light beer
1 1/2 ounces vodka
Lemon slice for garnish

Combine ice and lemonade in a pint glass. Slowly pour beer into glass. Add vodka and top it off with a splash of lemonade. Stir together. Garnish with a lemon slice.

For more refreshing summer libations, check out these drink links:

How to best serve craft beers

Craft beer buying tips

Healthy summer cocktails 

How to make the perfect mojito

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