Five Great Cocktails Featuring Beer

Beer cocktails are some of the most underrated cocktails out there. They manage to merge the sweet and savoury elements of both drinks together in wonderful ways. They also happen to be very easy to make, and can be whipped up as long as you have a few simple ingredients on hand.

So the next time you find yourself looking for something refreshing and unique to drink, give these five beer cocktails a shot.

Honey Lime Beergarita

Margaritas are great, beer is great; Beergaritas are the perfect stepchild of both of these drinks.


  • 1 cup of organic lime juice
  • 5 cups of water
  • 2/3 cups of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 can of Pilsner

Method: Combine lime juice, water and sugar, honey and tequila in a pitcher and stir until fully mixed together. Add the beer, stir a bit more and serve immediately over ice.

For frozen margaritas, combine lime mix, beer and tequila in a blender, fill blender with ice and blend.

The Docker


This is the perfect remedy for a hot summer day, where you want something that is refreshing but don’t want the full weight of a cold beer.


  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz blueberry juice
  • 6 oz light lager

Method: Fill a tall glass with ice. Add lime juice, simple syrup and blueberry juice. Top with beer. Garnish with lime.

Whisky Radler

This cocktail is a thirst quenching and refreshing libation, filled with late summer flavours balanced with the bitterness of hops and grapefruit.


  • 1.5 oz  Whisky
  • 0.5 oz Giffard Apricot Liqueur
  • 1.0 oz Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
  • 3 dashes Bittered Sling Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
  • 0.5 oz Honey Water (1:1 hot water mixed with honey)
  • 2 oz Mango Wheat Beer

Method: Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain over crushed ice in a double old fashioned glass.

Chili Lemon Shandy


This cocktail is a creative take on the age old shandy cocktail. The chilis add an extra kick which is balanced out by the addition of the honey.


  • 2 oz of vodka
  • 2 oz of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 oz of honey
  • 1 dried chili pepper
  • 1 bottle of Hefeweisen
  • Lemon slices

Method: Add the vodka, lemon juice, chili pepper and honey to a cocktail shaker. Stir the ingredients together until honey is dissolved. Add ice and shake. Strain liquid into a tall cocktail glass and top up with Hefeweisen. Garnish with lemon slices or additional chili peppers for an extra kick.

Vanilla Porter Float

Sometimes simple makes the best recipes. Beer and ice cream can’t go wrong and the combination of porter and Tahitian vanilla is unbelievable.


  • 1 scoop of Vanilla ice cream
  • 650ml bottle of Porter

Method: Add one scoop of ice cream into a mug or stein, slowly pour Porter into the stein, watch for foam over.


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