Beer Cocktails: Not Just For Gran

The term “beer cocktail” is cringe-worthy, I know. It’s hard to escape the visual of old ladies lined up at a bar on a Saturday afternoon, drinking shandys (a shandy, a beverage first invented in the United Kingdom, is beer flavored with ginger beer or ginger ale) and talking about who was balancing their checkbook in the church pew. Much like the pilgrims, we’ve come a long way from the UK and the origins of the shandy. No matter where you go, plays on the beer cocktail are happening left and right. In Dublin, I experienced the joy of  the Snakebite, cheap beer, often Foster’s paired with black currant flavoring, usually Ribena.

The beer cocktail has been springing up in bars across New York City, putting a twist on an old favorite. Beer is starting to become a popular mixer, forcing its way into more and more cocktails.

Fancy yourself a mixologist? Throw together a few beer cocktails and impress your friends. Epicurious offers their top 5 beer cocktails, a mouthwatering list, complete with pairings.

Here’s one to get your creative juices flowing:

The Cure


Heather Tyree, Epicurious

  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • 10 tablespoons (5 ounces) light lager, such as Miller High Life
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) fresh lemon juice
  • 5 (1-inch) pieces peeled fresh ginger cut into thin matchsticks


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