Beer Mixology: Our Favorite Beer-Cocktail Recipes
Dusk & Summer
1 ounce Plymouth gin
½ ounce Punt e Mes
¼ ounce lemon juice
1 dash The Bitter Truth lemon bitters
Witbier or Hefeweizen
1 ounce Aged Rum, like Flor de Caña
½ ounce Green Chartreuse
¼ ounce Cocchi Americano
1 dash The Bitter Truth chocolate Bitters
IPA, such as Bell’s Two Hearted Ale or Modus Hoperandi
The ingredients differ, but the method of creating each of these beer cocktails is the same. Combine all ingredients except the beer in a pint glass. Pour the cold beer over the top. Swizzle with a bar spoon and serve. The Dusk &
Summer (left) comes out a light, summery blonde, the Slow Decay a darker coffee brown.
The “Shandy” (a.k.a. Shandygaff)
Originating in the U.K. and known the world over, the Shandy has several amalgamations, though it’s basically a half-and-half blend of a light beer and either citrus fruit juice or (more commonly) ginger ale. With a fairly innocent 3-percent ABV, it’s idea for summer afternoons.
1/2 Ginger ale, or 7-up
Method: Fill a glass half full of beer (lighter beer works better). Fill the rest with ginger ale or 7-up.
San Francisco mixologist Ashley Rouston (a.k.a. The Beer Wench) found her inspiration from the classic gin-based cocktail known as the Aviation, as well as the Saison, a farmhouse-style ale. The result: Turbulence.
1 1/2 oz. Aviation Gin
1/4 oz. Creme de Violette
1/4 oz. Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Kriek
1 1/2 oz. Saison Dupont
Star Anise Garnish
Add gin, creme de violette, and lemon juice in a shaker. Shake vigorously 15 counts. Strain into martini glass. Add cold kriek and saison beers. Garnish with star anise.
“It tastes like fruit punch,” Webtender.com contributor Jim Healy notes. “I got this from a bar in Plattsburgh. It tastes great, and packs a hell of a punch.” Drink it at home—or plan on putting a local cab company on speed dial.
2 oz. Vodka
2 oz. Southern Comfort
2 oz. Sloe gin
2 oz. Gin
2 oz. Grenadine
12 oz. Beer
Put a little crushed ice in the bottom of the pitcher, then the beer, and then the shots. Top off the pitcher with equal amounts of orange juice and 7-Up. Stir.