8 Beer Cocktails Recipes You Need to Try

by Karl S Updated on December 19, 2022

Whether you are chilling at home, hosting a party, or preparing dinner for a date. A refreshing beer cocktail will change the mood, of course, in a good way.

If you thought it would be impossible to recreate your favorite beer cocktails, think again.

We will help you hone your inner barista skills and recreate these fun cocktail recipes!

8 Beer Cocktails Recipe Ideas

Beer cocktails are easy to make. You can even start mixing all the ingredients in just three minutes!

We’ve compiled the 8 latest recipes for the best beer cocktails you need to try.

1. Michelada

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Michelada is a spicy beer cocktail made with Mexican beer, fresh lime juice, and Worcestershire sauces.

This recipe is like a mix between Bloody Mary and a margarita.

Many Michelada recipes add some tomato juice, while others skip the tomato juice and would rather go for citrus, spices, and hot sauce.

This recipe drops the tomato for lime juice and hot sauce. You can never go wrong with Mexican lager.

If you fancy some spice that goes well with a Mexican-themed brunch, you better go for this Mexican beer recipe!


  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes of Tabasco sauce
  • 1 pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch of celery salt
  • 1 bottle of Mexican lager beer


  1. Add equal parts salt and cayenne pepper.
  2. Rub the lime wedge in the half rim of the glass
  3. Dip the rim into the cayenne mix.
  4. Pour the lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tobasco, black pepper, and celery salt into the glass.
  5. Pour the Mexican beer.

2. Beer Margaritas

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Beer margarita recipes are super easy to make!

The key is not using the not-so-micro brews to prevent overpowering beer taste.

You can use the limeade to measure the ingredients and modify the mixture with extra water if it is too sweet.


  • 1 can frozen limeade concentrate
  • 12 ounces tequila
  • 12 ounces water
  • 12 ounces beer
  • limes and cut into wedges


  1. Pour all the ingredients into the pitcher.
  2. Stir the mixture until the limeade melts.
  3. Add the limes for garnish.

3. Black Velvet

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If you want to get back to black, then the flavor of black velvet will surely suit your taste!

It is a combination of champagne and dark beer in one refreshing drink.

Yes, quite an unlikely combination, but it’s good! Prepare a wine flute for this light cocktail drink and complete this recipe in only 3 minutes!


  • 4 ounces of champagne
  • 4 ounces of chilled stout


  1. Pour the champagne halfway into the wine flute.
  2. Gradually pour the stout to fill the glass.

4. Classic Shandy

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You can customize the classic shandy with your favorite beer.

You can count on this refreshing drink to quench your thirst on any occasion, particularly summer days.


  • 2 lemon slices
  • 200 ml bitter beer
  • 200 ml lemonade


  1. Put all the ingredients into the glass.
  2. Mix well and garnish the glass’s rim with lemons.

5. Summer Shandy

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Go for the summer shandy if you want something to accompany your brunch on a good summer day.

You can use the usual ratio of 50% beer and 50% sparkling lemonade, but you can always customize the recipe.

You can use any American lager, but wheat beer should be perfect.


  • 1 ounce of lemon juice
  • 1-ounce simple syrup
  • 4 ounces of soda water
  • 6 ounces of craft wheat beer


  1. Mix and stir the simple syrup and juice in a beer glass
  2. Add the soda water and beer, then stir well.

6. Radler Paloma

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Radler Paloma is a tasty Mexican beer classic with an added flavor from fresh grapefruit juice and lime juice.

Expect a tall and refreshing drink with a bit of booze.


  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 3/4 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice, 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Stiegl Radler beer
  • grapefruit twist for garnish


  1. Mix all the ingredients except the beer, which will go into the shaker until it is well-chilled.
  2. Strain it into the Collins glass.
  3. Top it with beer.
  4. Spear the grapefruit twist for garnish.

7. Kentucky Mule

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Kentucky mule is a fun way to drink ginger beer cocktails. It’s bubbly with a splash of spicy whiskey.

One of the easiest recipes you can find. You don’t need to shake it. Just mix them all into the glass.

Super easy to prepare that suit for any occasion.


  • Bourbon whiskey
  • Lime
  • Ginger beer
  • Soda (optional)


  1. Pour all the ingredients into a copper mug.
  2. Add some garnish with limes.

8. Ginger Shandy

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Can’t get enough of the shandy drinks? Here’s another refreshing shandy infused with ginger and pale ale.

Your choice of ginger drink will influence the final product. You can use a ginger beer if you prefer the less carbonated or the ginger ale, which is sweeter.

Nonetheless, you can mess with your ginger drinks and try some mix of soda until you hit the spot.

If you want another shandy drink, you can check out the orange shandy recipe. It is a mixture of orange rum liqueur, orange juice, and blue moon beer that goes well after every meal.


  • 100ml spiced rum
  • 2 limes (1 juiced and 1 cut into quarters)
  • 2 x 330ml bottles of pale ale
  • 600ml (1pt) ginger ale


  1. Pour the rum into 4 hi-ball glasses.
  2. Add some dash of lime juice and mix.
  3. Fill two-thirds of the glass with beer.
  4. Top with ginger ale and stir.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve added some information that might be helpful when you start doing these refreshing mixed drinks!

What Are Beer Cocktails?

Beer cocktail is a style of beer combined with other ingredients to produce a refreshing and balanced drink.

Traditionally, it is made of hard liquor as a base, but it does not need to feature anything except beer.

Usually, in beer cocktail recipes, wheat beer is a great option.

It has that tasty and bright savor and complements other flavors, especially with lemon and lime-forward drinks.

When making beer cocktails at home, go for simple recipes. As beers are already brewed, so much stuff is going on.

Build around the relish of your beers, and you’ll have a solid beer cocktail in no time!

What Rules Should You Remember When Making Cocktails?

Before you recreate your picked beer cocktail recipe, here are some rules that you must remember:

Alcohol is the most important ingredient.

Your cocktail drink should contain 50ml of the base spirit, with other bits and bobs.

It’s easier to make mixed drinks that are sweeter, more sour, or diluted, but it’s tougher to make unsweet, unsour, or undilute drinks.

Ice is the second most important ingredient.

Yes, what is an ice-cold beer without ice?

They are super useful when chilling any liquor bottle, even giving a bit of dilution. With an insufficient amount, it will quickly melt, resulting in more dilution.

Keep it cool and simple.

You don’t need an over-the-top tray of liqueurs or an orchard of fruits. The important thing is you use ingredients that you understand.

Make sure that the drink is balanced.

Your goal is to create a refreshing flavor harmony that is not too sour or bitter.

Just the right blend.

Go for a tasty drink from the first sip until the last. So, keep tasting all phases of your preparation.

Only shake mixed cocktails with juice.

There are two kinds of cocktail drinks. The aromatic cocktail consists of only alcoholic components.

And the sour cocktails consist of citrusy fruit or sometimes other fruits, cream, egg, coffee, chocolate, etc.

Aromatic cocktails must be mixed with ice which can lead to dilution and smooth texture.

While the sour cocktails need more shaking, resulting in more dilution and a slightly modified texture.

Final Words

Choose your next cocktail, and serve it in the summer or when everyone’s gathering for dinner and craving refreshing mixed drinks.

The good thing about beer cocktails is they’re fun and easy to make.

You will only need a few ingredients and good mixing, and you are good to go!

If you are brave enough, try incorporating some sugar, chocolate, and nutmeg into your beer cocktail.

You can also experiment and make your own recipe, but make sure you know what you’re doing.