10 Fun Beer Mixed Drink Recipes

Why drink plain beer when you can mix up a beertail?

A Variety of Beer Cocktails
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Beer is great, though it's also a fantastic base for a mixed drink. With the variety of beer styles available today, it's a great time to find a new recipe that will break up your beer drinking routine.

Drinks made with beer are technically not cocktails since most don't include liquor. Instead, we call them beer mixed drinks or beertails. No matter what you call them, these recipes are very easy to make, so have fun exploring the many ways to mix your beer!

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    Black and Tan

    Black and tan beer

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    Walk into almost any bar and you might notice a spoon dangling from the beer tap. It seems a little out of place at first, but it serves a very specific purpose and it's often called a Black and Tan spoon.

    The spoon is used to create a series of layered beer drinks and the Black and Tan is the most popular of the lot. It pours half a pint of a pale ale, then tops it with a dark layer of Guinness Stout. It's tasty, looks great, and is not difficult to pour once you know a few tricks.

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    spicy michelada mexican beer

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    Among the most popular bar drinks that feature beer is the iconic Michelada. It's a spicy way to dress up your average beer and your local bartender has no secrets to mixing it up that you can't handle at home.

    The Michelada simply requires you to dump a few common kitchen ingredients into your favorite Mexican beer. Start with a little lime, add soy and Worcestershire sauces, then give it a hot sauce kick. It's a fun recipe that you can certainly make your own.

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    The Shandy is a Favorite Beer Drink for Summer
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    What would summer be without a tall, refreshing Shandy? If you have not enjoyed this drink with your favorite light beer, you're missing out on a real treat.

    The basic Shandy recipe is nothing more than an equal mix of beer and lemonade. Despite its simplicity, it is a spectacular combination. Best of all, it becomes an entirely new experience with every beer you pour. Explore your options, just try not to go too dark or heavy.

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    Lilac Shandy

    Colleen Graham's Lilac Shandy Drink Recipe
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    If the Shandy is the ultimate summer beer drink, the Lilac Shandy is the best beertail for spring. The catch is that you can only make it when the lilacs are in bloom.

    A lilac simple syrup is used to sweeten a homemade lemonade, which is the key ingredient to this unique recipe. It's easy to make, simply harvest the flowers and steep them in simple syrup. The fragrance makes the task enjoyable and the finished drink is amazing.

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    Black Velvet

    Black Velvet Cocktail - Popular Stout and Champagne Cocktail
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    For a rather fancy way to dress up beer, the Black Velvet is the recipe you need. It's simple, yet fascinating, and this old-fashioned drink is the ultimate way to celebrate any occasion in style.

    Like most beertails, this recipe is incredibly easy. You'll simply need a dark stout (Guinness is a good choice) and a bottle of Champagne. The two are mixed in equal parts and the result is an invigorating glass of bubbly that is sure to impress wine and beer drinkers alike.

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    Trojan Horse

    Trojan Horse - mixing with stout beer
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    While you have Guinness in stock, consider mixing it into another drink from the U.K. It's just as easy, though a little more casual and a fun way to put a twist on two everyday beverages.

    The Trojan Horse disguises its secret ingredient under the cover of the dark stout. By looking at it, you'd never know that cola lies inside. The mix is rather interesting, with the soda giving the beer a nice sweetness and the caffeine offering a jolt for your happy hour.

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    Corrido Prohibidos

    Corrido Prohibidos Tequila and Mexican Beer Mixed Drink Recipe
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    Liquor is not banned completely from beertails. When you can't decide between a shot of tequila and a bottle of beer, simply mix the two together.

    That is exactly what you'll find in the Corrido Prohibidos recipe. For this one, you'll choose a nice blanco tequila and your favorite Mexican brew. It's both simple and refreshing and gets even better if you take the time to rim your glass with salt.

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    Cold in the Shadows

    Campari's Cold in the Shadows Cocktail Recipe by Pamela Wiznitzer

    Now that we have the simple beer mixed drinks out of the way, it's time to really do it up. There's no better way to start this round of drinks off than with the Cold in the Shadows recipe.

    In no way is this a boring beer drink. Instead, it's a complex array of flavors. The drink pairs the bitter aperitif Campari with a raspberry liqueur, a little lime, and a splash of honey. The beer of choice is a good IPA. When it all comes together, you'll have the perfect drink for dinner.

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  • 09 of 10

    Twist & Shout

    Hard Rock Cafe's Twist & Shout Cocktail
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    When you're ready to really mix up your routine, simply pull out your blender. That's right, we're going to create a beer-based milkshake. It's a drink that could only come from a joint like the Hard Rock Cafe.

    This interesting recipe blends Guinness with spiced rum and chocolate liqueur. You'll also need chocolate and caramel syrups along with a couple scoops of ice cream. The best part may be the garnish, and the bacon crumbles come highly recommended.

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    Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue Cocktail

    Beer, Bourbon, and Barbecue Cocktail by Tom Fischer and Steven Dennison
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    ​Can you really get three iconic elements of a summer cookout into a single glass? Apparently, it is entirely possible and if you think that the name of this beertail is some sort of joke, think again.

    This recipe really does include beer, bourbon, and barbecue sauce, though the sauce is watered down to make a "BBQ water." The preferred beer is Shiner Hefeweizen and you'll need both Maker's Mark and Evan Williams Honey Liqueur. It's surprisingly tasty!