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9 beer cocktail recipes

Hands reach out for bottles of golden lager set beside two frothy Beer Margaritas. Chips and guacamole stand by for munching.

Stir up thirst-quenching refreshment with a beer cocktail. With sweet, spicy, juicy and slushy options, our recipe collection has something for everyone

Beer Margarita

This easy beertail is the ideal summer drink to put on repeat. The mix of freshly squeezed lime and orange juice, sunny Mexican lager and sweet agave syrup is super food-friendly, with or without the optional salted rim. Serve it up with chips and guac, or grilled meat or seafood tacos.

Hands reach out for bottles of golden lager set beside two frothy Beer Margaritas. Chips and guacamole stand by for munching.

Cranberry Ginger Shandy

Chill out with this beautifully coloured beer cocktail. A cranberry-and-orange-infused simple syrup gives it superior tanginess, while fruity wheat beer and spicy ginger beer add depth and even more zing. For the most delicious results, keep all of the ingredients ice-cold before you start mixing. Sugared cranberries give the drink a festive edge, but a simple lime wheel makes a nice garnish, too.

A rustic metal tray lined with ice holds the chilled ingredients to make a Cranberry Ginger Shandy. Two finished drinks garnished with sugared cranberries stand ready for sipping.

Orange Dream

Flash back to afternoons wasted at the mall way back in the day, with a slushy blended orange drink in hand (IYKYK). The only difference here: This is an adults-only treat made with your fave radler. The splash of coconut milk is the key to this beertail’s silky-smooth creaminess. Pour the dreamy mix into frosted glasses and don’t forget to eat the orange wheel garnish when you’re done sipping.

A rocks glass filled with a foam-topped Orange Dream cocktail is surrounded by juice fresh orange slices on a bright orange background.

Beermosas

Why not welcome these frothy beer cocktails to your next Sunday brunch? Our food-friendly, beer-based take on the mimosa is loaded with juicy raspberries and tangy orange juice. Its fruity edge is a perfect match with savoury and sweet dishes. Wheat beer adds the required bubbles, along with tasty aromas of citrus and coriander. And while they’re brunch superstars, Beermosas make a refreshing sip anytime.

Two pretty Beermosas garnished with orange wheels stand beside a bottle of golden beer.

Micheladas (Mexican Spiced Beer & Lime Cocktails)

The michelada is one of Mexico’s most popular cocktails for good reason. It’s a tongue-tingling blend of crisp lager, lime juice, tomato or Clamato juice, peperoncini brine, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and zesty spices. Tajín seasoning adds a delicious burst of chili, lime and salt to the rim. If you can’t find it, mix 1/4 tsp (1 mL) chili powder and 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) salt into each drink or substitute a coarse salt rimmer, like you’d use for a beer margarita.

Skewers of tangy pickles and shrimp dress up two tall, spice-rimmed Micheladas, garnished with celery sticks for stirring.

Porter & Cold Brew Slushy Cocktail

Ready to change your iced coffee game forever? Two words: cold brew. It takes time to steep this smooth, robust java, but it’s worth the effort because it’s the ideal match for rich porter or stout. This slushy beer cocktail is the perfect blend of chill and excitement for lazy backyard or cottage afternoons. If you prefer mocha, add 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) cocoa powder before blending.

Tall, frosty glasses of Porter & Cold Brew Slushy Cocktail are served on a tray with a bottle of dark beer and a tall jar of cold brew coffee.

Beer Punch with Ginger & Lime

This crowd-ready punch gives easygoing lager a spicy-tangy edge, thanks to the addition of ginger beer and limeade. Chilling all your ingredients ahead will help the punch stay icy and refreshing longer. If you don’t have a punch bowl, or you want to keep things simple, use a large drink dispenser with a spigot so guests can serve themselves.

Lime slices float prettily in a bowl full of Beer Punch with Ginger & Lime.

Stout Hot Chocolate

You’re never too old for hot chocolate with marshmallows — especially this grown-up, stout-laced version. Stir it up when you’re chilling fireside or pop it in a Thermos for an après-skating warm-up with friends. Reducing the stout a bit on the stove brings out its creaminess, which makes it a love match with the milky base. The one-two punch of chocolate and cocoa powder creates a deeply fudgy flavour.

Hands wrap around a mug of steaming Stout Hot Chocolate topped with mini marshmallows.

Mulled Ale

Seasonal and winter ales are rich already, but steeping warm spices and citrus in them creates the most festive drink. And even if it’s not merrymaking season, the caramel notes in the brown ale bring out the best in the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. A packet of the spice mix makes a cute, thoughtful gift. Give it along with the ale, a couple of juicy oranges, a whole nutmeg (with a fine grater) and a copy of the recipe.

Two glasses of Mulled Ale garnished with orange slices are arranged on a small tray.

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