This post is less about how you drink beer, but more like what you drink it with. Let me explain: in the world of alcohol, there are constants - types of alcohol you drink on their own (beer, wine, scotch, etc) and others you generally mix (vodka, rum, gin, etc). But who says you can't create a great cocktail with beer? Nobody! So that's what we're doing today.
Now, I can hear it already: Chris, who cares? Just drink your beer like you're supposed to and stop being a little bitch!
But in all seriousness, even though I do love my beer, that's not to say it's what I want to drink all the time. So get off your high horse and discover these other, still great-tasting cocktails and mixed drinks you can make using beer.
We're starting with an easy one to wet our whistle. All you need to make it is:
- 2 oz of Tequila
- 1 oz of lime juice
- Light beer
Start by pouring the Tequila and lime juice in a glass, then top it off with beer. If you like beer a lot, use a tall glass - if you want it a little stronger, use a smaller glass. See? Everybody's happy! If you're feeling extra fancy, rim the glass with salt and add a wedge of lime.
This is a good cocktail for people who like fruitier beers, but don't get fooled - it's not watered down with juice! Best of all, it's only 2 ingredients:
- 1 oz Peach Schnapps
- 12 oz light beer
I don't think I need to explain how to make this, do I? Ok, then:
- Mix the two ingredients together.
There you have it, folks: a nice, refreshing, and slightly classier take on a traditional Shandy. And if you're feeling really fancy, muddle a few peach slices inside the glass first.
I feel like this one should have been called the Canadian, because I can't think of anything more Canadian than beer and maple syrup in a drink. I mean, come on!
Anyway, even if you're not Canadian (or from Vermont), I'm sure you'll find this is one sweet and delicious drink, eh?
- 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 1/4 oz of lemon juice
- 3/4 oz of maple syrup
- 2 oz Bourbon
- Amber beer
This is as simple as it gets: mix it all together and boom! You have a drink. Technically, you're supposed to mix everything but the beer into a shaker with ice - shake, shake, shake - then strain, add more ice and only then can you pour the beer over. But man, who has the time?
Flaming Dr. Pepper Shots
Oh man, is there anything about this that doesn't sound good? I don't think so! Just make sure you have some kind of fire extinguisher handy for this one, ok?
- 3/4 oz Amaretto
- 1/4 oz Rum
Alright, here's how it works: add the Amaretto and Rum to a shot glass, then light it on fire. Now, here's where the fun starts: fill a glass halfway with beer, then drop the shot into the beer and drink.
I promise, if you pull this one out at your next barbecue, you'll be the talk of the town!
Disclaimer: to be safe, try not to make this inside a home. Do it outside or order it a bar, instead.
The Hand Grenade
This is a fun one at a party because it's one of those drinks you need to chug and because drinking it causes a huge commotion. It's a lot more fun when there's people around to watch. Here's what you need:
- 1 shot glass filled with Tequila
- 1 shot glass filled with Jagermeister
- 1 pint of light beer
Alright: balance both shot glasses in the rim of the pint of beer. You start by "pulling the pin", or shooting the Tequila. When you remove that shot glass, the second one falls into the beer and causes it to foam - hence, the name. So you shoot the Tequila super quickly and then chug the beer before it foams over.
Disclaimer: not for wusses.
See? At first you weren't sure where I was going with this post, but it got pretty interesting near the end. Never underestimate a good beer, whether it's solo or paired with other fine tasting alcohol.