5 Summer Beer Cocktails

Although some beer purist maintain that mixing a beer with anything other than a cold glass is sheer blasphemy, the trend is catching on and the idea is being embraced and celebrated by more and more craft beer enthusiasts.
By Jackie Dodd

As the summer heats up, so does the craft beer movement. And with it, a sub-movement of creating cocktails that highlight the fantastic flavors in beer. Although some beer purist maintain that mixing a beer with anything other than a cold glass is sheer blasphemy, the trend is catching on and the idea is being embraced and celebrated by more and more craft beer enthusiasts.

Beer cocktails are being produced and explored by bars all over the country and the preoccupation breweries are showing with distilling spirits other than beer has given rise to beer mixology at brew pubs and beer festivals everywhere.

“Beer mixology is not about destroying beer. It is not an attempt to make beer better or to alter and change the quality and flavor of beer…it is about improving the cocktail.” Says Ashely Routson, founder of BeerMixology.com and DrinkWithTheWench.com as well as Director of Awesomeness at Bison Brewery. With an improvement of the cocktail, and the addition of craft beer, comes new territory, larger markets and the opportunity to introduce this liquor to those who have previously shunned it.

Whether you enjoy your beer in a can, bottle, shaken or stirred, there is a larger place at the brew pub for every alcohol consuming adult with the advent of Beer Mixology.

Here are five summer beer cocktails for your enjoyment and experimentation.

Strawberry Beer Lemonade


Beer type: Blonde Ale, America Pale Ale

Mixologist: The Beeroness

Photo: The Beeroness

 

Ingredients

2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup fresh squeeszed lemon juice

1 large bottle blonde or pale ale (1 pint, 6 oz)

Ice

 

Method:

Add the berries, sugar and lemon juice to a pitcher. Allow to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes for the sugar to dissolve and the berries to begin to break down. Add the beer and ice and stir to combine. Adjust the lemon and sugar to your taste.

 

*Tip: If you don’t want the punch to become watered down by the ice, freeze either lemon juice or beer in ice cube trays the night before, using that in place of ice in this recipe, adding a bit more sugar to combat the bitterness/tartness that will increase as those cubes melt. 

Honey Basil Gin Fiz

 

Beer type: Honey Basil Pale Ale, Bison

Mixologist: Ashley Routson

Photo: Ashley Routson

 

Ingredients

1.5 oz. St. George Botanivore Gin

.5 oz. fresh lemon juice

.25 oz. fresh lime juice

.25 oz. organic clover honey

2 oz. Bison Brewing Honey Basil Ale

2 fresh basil leaves

Method

1. Add the gin, juice & egg whites to a shaker pint. Place one leaf of basil in your palm and “spank” it with the fingers on your other hand. Tear basil gently and add to shaker pint.

2. Add ice to shaker pint, then pour honey on top (this prevents it from being stuck to the bottom of the pint glass). Shake all of the ingredients vigorously to emulsify the egg whites, macerate the basil, and incorporate the honey. Strain the mixture over ice into a glass. Top with the beer.

Raspberry Beer Cocktail

 

Beer type: Mexican beer, Pale Ale

Mixologist: A Cup of Mai

Photo: A Cup of Mai

 

Ingredients

1 cup of fresh raspberries or frozen

4 bottles of corona (12oz) beer, chilled

1 container frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed or pink lemonade

1/2 cup good quality vodka

Garnish: lemon slices, or raspberries.

adapted from Southern Living

 

Method

In a large container stir together the  first 4 ingredients. Serve over ice.

Garnish with raspberries.

To make ahead, stir together lemonade concentrate and vodka in a large container.    Stir in raspberries and beer just before serving. Garnish, if desired.

Shock Me

 

Beer type: Brown Ale

Mixologist: Virtue Feed & Grain Via Bon Appetite 

Photo: Zach DeSart

 

Ingredients

1/4 cup Brown Ale (such as Brooklyn Brown Ale)

2 tablespoons bourbon (such as Maker’s Mark)

1 teaspoon Southern Comfort

1 teaspoon pure maple syrup

 

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice; stir gently for 10 seconds. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass.

High Shirley

Beer type: American Pale Ale

Mixologist: Sarah Sprague

Photo: Sarah Sprague

 

Ingredients:

1 shot (1 1/2 ounces) grenadine

1-2 maraschino cherries

12 oz. Beer

 

Method:

Add the grenadine and the cherries to the bottom of a pint glass, add the beer. If you want, you can fool around and make it a bit more sour with kirschwasser or cherry bitters, but I found that they took away from the traditional Shirley Temple profile.

Jackie Dodd

Jackie Dodd is a California based food blogger who’s passion for local ingredients began during her years growing up on farm in Eastern Washington surrounded by apple orchards and peach trees. She is now happy to focus on California produce, and has a passion for baking. Along with her websites, www.domesticfits.com and www.thebeeroness.com, she also writes a column for the Glendale Examiner.

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