15 Fun Beer Mixed Drink Recipes

How to Create Your Personal Michelada Recipe

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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 is often called a Black and Tan spoon.

    The spoon is used to create a series of layered beer drinks, and the Black and Tan are 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 isn't 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 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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    A set of shandies with lemons

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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; try not to go too dark or heavy.

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    Lilac Shandy

    A lilac shandy
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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 simple lilac syrup is used to sweeten a homemade lemonade, which is the key ingredient to this unique recipe. It's easy to make, 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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    Grapefruit Shandy

    Grapefruit shandy cocktail in a glass garnished with a grapefruit slice
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    This grapefruit shandy starts with a homemade grapefruit-ade made by mixing simple syrup with grapefruit juice and water. It's then shaken with ice, strained, poured into a tall glass, and topped with half a bottle of ice-cold beer. It's the perfect drink for hot days and barbecues.

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    Basil-Rosemary Orange Shandy

    Basil-rosemary-orange shandy in a Mason jar mug
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    The basil-rosemary-orange shandy is a beer-based cocktail that starts with a homemade basil-rosemary simple syrup to sweeten the orange juice. It all comes together when mixed with a wheat ale or lager for a terrific refreshing summer drink.

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    Cranberry Ginger Shandy

    Cranberry Ginger Shandy With Ginger Sugar Rim
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    Shandies are easy, fruity beer cocktails that are perfect for brunch or just a sunny afternoon. This cranberry ginger shandy can be served all year long, even for the holidays.

    Use a pale or wheat beer for this recipe, since a dark or hoppy beer will interfere with the other ingredients. For a fun presentation, rim the glasses with sugar and garnish with a lemon wedge.

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    Spicy Pineapple Shandy

    Spicy pineapple shandy in a beer stein
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    Add a little island flair to your next cocktail with this spicy pineapple shandy recipe. The heat comes from jalapeño simple syrup mixed with tequila, lemon and pineapple juices, and a pale ale.

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    Watermelon Beer

    A frosty mug of watermelon beer

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    Watermelon is such a refreshing fruit that, when mixed with an ice-cold beer, it's a thirst quencher like no other. This variation on a shandy cocktail is made with three ingredients—watermelon, vanilla simple syrup, and wheat beer.

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    Trojan Horse

    A Trojan horse drink

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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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    Black Velvet

    Black Velvet Cocktail


    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 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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    Corrido Prohibidos

    Corrido Prohibidos cocktail

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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, mix the two.

    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

    Cold in the Shadows cocktail in a glass

    Now that we have the simple beer mixed drinks out of the way, it's time to 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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    Twist & Shout

    Twist and Shout cocktail
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    When you're ready to mix up your routine, 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 of 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 in a glass

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    ​Can you get three iconic elements of a summer cookout into a single glass? It is entirely possible and if you think that the name of this beertail is some joke, think again.

    This recipe 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!