Of course craft beers are delicious in every way on their own, but for those that maybe aren’t fully into the craft beer scene or those that are just looking to spice things up, it's time to try a craft beer cocktail!
See some of the most popular picks below:
For a light, refreshing, summer drink, mix your favorite American Wheat beer with some sparkling soda, lemonade, or other fruit juices, and there you have it, a completely transformed beverage that will keep you revitalized all day without getting you too buzzed.
Summer Shandy Recipe
- 6 oz. (half a bottle) of wheat beer
- 6 oz. lemonade
- Garnish with lemon
- Add a splash of sparkling soda if desired
Maybe you’re more of a beer person than a Champagne person, but that doesn’t mean you can’t participate in the morning beverage fun. Try mixing a non-bitter ale or lager with a bit of orange juice to make your beermosa. To really enhance the flavors try using a beer that is dry and fruit forward. Keep them coming and have a fun brunch with your friends and your new bottomless beermosas!
- Fill glass ¼ full with orange juice
- Fill rest of glass with non-bitter ale or lager
- Garnish with orange slice
This is a popular, relatively familiar beverage offering its take on a Bloody Mary, but substituting beer for vodka. Odds are, if you have tried this beverage before, it was with a light Mexican lager like Tecate or Modelo. This time, we challenge you to experiment with your next Michelada by adding a craft beer into the mix. Many United States craft breweries offer Mexican style Pilsners, which makes for a crisp and mildly hoppy Michelada.
Craft Michelada Recipe:
- 6 oz. Mexican Pilsner or Lager beer
- 6 oz. Clamato (or tomato) juice
- 1.5 oz. of lime juice (about 1 ½ limes)
- 4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 dashes of tobacco or other hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon of soy sauce (or Maggi sauce)
- Garnish with Tajin seasoning rim and lemon or lime wedge
Oh Sangria, so refreshing, but so sweet and sugary. To avoid the unbearable sugar/hangover headache try skipping the wine and replacing it with a craft beer. The effervescence, fragrant esters, and sweetness of wheat ales greatly compliment the other ingredients in the sangria. In a large pitcher mix your craft beer with white rum, citrus, and fruit, as well as fruit juices that match the flavor of the beer, and finally add in some flavored soda water or sparkling lemonade. Other great craft beer options are Belgian Witbiers, German Hefeweizens and American Wheat Ales. Try them all and find out which one you like the best!
Beer Sangria Recipe:
- 36 oz. (3 12oz. bottle or cans) of wheat beer
- 1 cup white rum or vodka
- 1 ½ cups of pineapple juice
- Sliced fruit (lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, apple, strawberries, etc.)
- Mix all in a pitcher
Dark and Stormy IPA
Adding a craft beer into the mix can enhance this popular dark rum drink. Start with your classic iced ginger beer, lime, dark rum base, and add in your favorite IPA. The IPA can range anywhere from a citrusy American hops IPA to a very bitter Double IPA, or even a dry hopped Session IPA. The IPA can add in extra sweet, spicy, fruity, and bitter flavors to the cocktail separating it from the classic version, and making an extraordinary alternative.
Dark and Stormy IPA Recipe:
- 6 oz. IPA
- 6 oz. ginger beer
- 1.5 oz. dark rum
- Juice from half of a lime
- Garnish with lime slices
This refreshing, summery, vacation drink can be made into one of the most delicious craft beer cocktails on the list. Like a traditional mojito you muddle some mint and lime, add your white rum, and any fruit or syrup if you want to make it a flavored mojito, like strawberry or blueberry. Finally, finish it off with craft Blonde Ale. The flavors blend together flawlessly to make a still refreshing drink with a bit higher alcohol content.
Beer Mojito Recipe:
- 12 oz. blonde ale
- 2 oz. white rum
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 1 squeeze of lime juice
- 2 tbsp. simple syrup
- Garnish with mint sprig and lime wedge
This classic and classy drink can be made like many with a craft beer twist. Take your original Manhattan recipe mixing rye whiskey, orange, sweet vermouth, and add in your choice of Pale Ale or India Pale Ale (IPA). To make the cocktail really burst with flavor, choose a craft beer with orange essences and tasting notes.
Bubbly Manhattan Recipe:
- 1 oz. IPA
- 2 oz. good rye whiskey
- 0.5 oz. sweet vermouth
- Garnish with 1 thin sliced orange or cherries
Porter Cold Brew Iced Coffee
To those that just can’t go without their morning coffee, but have friends that always want morning cocktails, here is your way to keep up. For your caffeine burst and a bit of a buzz, mix iced cold brew with whatever cream and sugar you like, and top it off with some Porter craft beer. Definitely a tasty fun way to start your weekend mornings!
Porter Cold Brew Iced Coffee Recipe:
- 1/2 cup of porter beer
- 1/2 cup cold brew iced coffee
- 2 tbsp. cream
This craft beer cocktail takes on two forms depending on if you like your margaritas iced or blended.
Beergarita: To those of you that favor your drinks on the rocks with salt, it’s time to make yourself a beergarita. Beergaritas take your favorite citrusy tequila components of a typical margarita and tops it off with your favorite beer. If you’re a silver tequila fan use a lighter beer like a Pale Ale, or Lager. If añejo or reposado is your go-to tequila choice dark malty craft beers match the flavor profile perfectly.
- 2 oz. beer pale ale or lager
- 2 oz. silver tequila
- 0.5 oz. grand marnier
- 2 oz. lime juice
- 1 oz. simple syrup
- Garnish with salt rim and lime wedge
Iceberg: Now for you blended margarita fans, here is how to make an Iceberg. Gather your ice, tequila, lime juice, and agave in a blender and start mixing. Pour it into a glass, but be sure to leave room. Crack open a bottle of craft beer — you can follow the rules above for beer and tequila matches — and turn it upside down into your margarita glass. The frozen margarita will float sitting like an iceberg on top of your beer.
IceBerg Beergarita Recipe:
- Blend all margarita ingredients from the beergarita recipe with ice
- Stick beer bottle upside down and watch the frozen marg float
Hard Cider Spritz
Swap out your typical wine spritzers for a hard cider spritzer. Pick out a delicious hard craft cider and mix it with club soda, aperol and your choice of bourbon, rye whiskey, or dry Champagne if you’re looking to add an extra kick. The crisp apple flavor and warm bourbon feel make this an excellent fall drink, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed at other points of the year as well.
Hard Cider Spritz Recipe:
- 4 oz. hard cider
- 2 oz. rye whiskey
- 0.5 oz. aperol
- 0.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
- Splash of club soda
- Garnish with apple slices
Now that you see how some craft beer cocktails are made, start experimenting (maybe even with a few bottles from your Craft Beer of the Month Club shipment) and come up with your own. There are so many flavors and mixes that have yet to be explored!
Of course, if you try any of these, take a picture and tag us in it (@OriginalCraftBeerClub)... we'd love to see your creations!