Beer Cocktails Inspired by Sapporo

Spruce up your favorite spring cocktail with a simple lager beer. Learn how!

First brewed in 1876, Sapporo has come to represent different things for each of us. The consensus at PAIR was that the Japanese beer was our favorite drinking companion whenever we went out to eat for similar cuisine. However, we quickly imagined their three versatile lagers becoming much more than a simple beer pairing. Sapporo is great for cooking, whether it be with grilled meats, stew, or steamed dumplings.

Sapporo, and other delicious lagers, is also a great beer to use in cocktails. Sapporo Light has a smoother flavor, lighter color, and subtler hop notes, but is a great addition to cocktails this summer. Sapporo Premium has a richer color and a touch of delicious bitterness. Both lagers lend themselves easily to our favorite cocktails. While we only created three recipes, the next time you are experimenting at home, try adding lager beer to your cocktail.

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Sapporo Margarita
This margarita calls on sake and yuzu juice instead of tequila and lime to bring Japanese flair and then tops things off with Sapporo's subtler Light beer.
Recipe Type: Cocktail, Beer
Serves: adjustable
  • .75 part Honey
  • .75 part yuzu juice
  • 1 part Sake
  • 1 part Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 2 parts Sapporo Light, or another light-bodied lager, chilled
  • Crushed ice
  • Honey, to drizzle, optional
  • Salt, to rim
  1. Salt the rim of the glass.
  2. Stir together the honey, yuzu juice, sake, and Triple Sec.
  3. Shake well with ice.
  4. Strain and stir in the beer.
  5. Serve over a glass of crushed ice. Top with more honey if desired.
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Whiskey Sour Beer
A favorite whiskey sour is splashed with ginger simple syrup and beer for a touch of fizz that is perfect in warmer weather.
Recipe Type: Cocktail, Beer
Serves: adjustable
  • 1 part Whiskey
  • .5 part Ginger simple syrup
  • 1 part Lemon juice
  • 2 parts Sapporo Premium, or a favorite lager
  • Lemon wedge, to garnish
  • Ice
  1. Combine all ingredients and stir with ice.
  2. Strain, if desired, and serve.

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Green Tea Gin & Beer
Green tea brings a touch of astringency to this cocktail and pairs beautifully with an elderflower syrup. Bring in the alcohol with gin and beer to round out the sweetness with a touch of bubble too.
Recipe Type: Cocktail, Beer
  • 2 parts Gin
  • 1 part Elderflower simple syrup or presse
  • 3 parts Green Tea, cooled
  • 2 parts Sapporo Premium beer, or your favorite lager
  • Sugar in the raw, to rim the glass
  1. Rim the glass with sugar.
  2. Shake with ice the gin, elderflower, and tea.
  3. Strain, if desired, into glass and stir in beer.


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