Beer Cocktail Recipes

Ever considered adding beer to your cocktails? Everybody is doing it. Allrecipes has 30 recipes for beer cocktail (or beertails!) to get you started off right.

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Rating: 4.43 stars
This makes for a luscious beer with a hint of lemonade.

Nova Scotia Beer Warmer

Rating: 4 stars
It gets cold here in Nova Scotia in the winter and we love our beer, so put a little heat to a cool drink to warm you up for that walk home from the bar.

John's Tasty German Cherry Beer

Rating: 4.08 stars
This drink is remarkable! I used to order it at my favorite bar in Gelnhausen, Germany! If you don't like the taste of beer alone, you will love this drink!

Strawberry Beer Margaritas

Rating: 4.64 stars
Beer margaritas get a flavorful twist with strawberries! Change the flavors by changing the fruit. Mangoes or raspberries work nicely as well!

Beer Margaritas

Rating: 4.75 stars
Who would believe that beer would be the perfect solution to eradicating fluorescent green margaritas? Well, it is! Best to use not-so-micro brews to avoid an overpowering beer flavor. Use the limeade can to measure the ingredients, and adjust with extra water if the mixture seems too sweet. Straining the pulp is always a good idea, unless, of course, you like pulp!


Rating: 4 stars
Beer replaces the champagne in this cocktail.

Stout and Ale

Rating: 4.71 stars
Called a "half and half" in Ireland, this pint is filled halfway with lager on the bottom with a float of Guinness® on top.

Summer Beer II

Rating: 4.67 stars
Fun to serve in the summer for special gatherings or cocktail parties. Given to me from Dottie, a long time friend and sorority sister. Garnish with lemon slices and sprigs of mint.


Rating: 5 stars
My mum taught me how to make these and I have been hooked ever since.

Beer Floats

Rating: 4.5 stars
Depending on whom you talk to, making ice cream floats with beer is either a genius idea, or a horrible mistake. The key is to choose a beer that's on the toasty, malty, sweeter side, and stay away from beers that are too hoppy, dry, and bitter. Here I pair coffee ice cream with stout and vanilla, the safest option, with a Belgian raspberry sour (or any fruity beer). I'd make a small test glass first, to make sure it works for your palate.

Micheladas with Tajin

Rating: 5 stars
Micheladas came from the words 'mi chela helada' which translates into 'my cold beer'. Micheladas originated in Mexico and now there are many different recipes. Dark beer, normally XX Cerveza is the norm in Mexico, but you can use any beer you like. This is a basic recipe with optional add-ons. With or without them, Micheladas are delicious. Garnish with a tamarind candy straw and additional lime wedges.

Granny Smackers

Rating: 4.53 stars
A tart drink similar to hard lemonade, but made with beer and vodka.

Inspiration and Ideas

Nova Scotia Beer Warmer

Rating: Unrated
"It gets cold here in Nova Scotia in the winter and we love our beer, so add a little heat to a cool drink to warm you up!" – BOATER RON

10 Refreshing Beer Cocktails

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The Brunch Box

Rating: 5 stars

From Brad Thomas Parsons' book, Amaro (Ten Speed Press), this riff on the Lunch Box cocktail was a collaboration with a Chicago bartender. The hint of orange peel flavor in the digestif makes it perfect for breakfast, and it complements the fresh grapefruit juice.