On a hot summer day, there’s nothing like cracking open a cold beer and chugging the heat away. Refreshingly delicious, beer is great on its own but why not also make it a staple in your cocktail regime? Sure, you’ve probably heard of a Boilermaker or a Michelada. But when it comes to beer cocktails, those classics are just the tip of the refreshment iceberg. How about five drinks that will revolutionize your next cold one?
1. The Sour Cherry Shandy
Only in season for a short summer stint, the tart cousin of the more common table cherry is a joy to eat in pies, jams and—if you’re a beer lover—this take on the Shandy. Switching out lemon juice for lime, this drink combines the tartness of cherries and citrus with the sweetness of cane sugar and Cointreau, an orange liqueur, for a balance of sour and sweet. If you can get your hands on this hard-to-find key ingredient, get ready to pucker up. Get the recipe.
2. Campari IPA Spritzer
There’s nothing wrong with holding on to a bit of bitterness—in your glass, that is. The Campari IPA Spritzer takes one of the star components of favorite cocktails like the Negroni and Boulevardier and combines it with a hoppy, high-ABV brew for an aperitif without the pretense. Easy to make and perfect for summer, what else could you possibly need to beat the heat? Get the recipe.
3. Strawberry-Lemon Radler
When in doubt, strawberries will always do you right. The Strawberry-Lemon Radler is no exception. Using wheat beer, this cocktail hangs on the lighter side of the ABV spectrum, making it perfect for day-time drinking. The radler—a combination of lemonade and beer—can be made with almost any fruit but for summer drinking, strawberries are hard to beat. Get the recipe.
4. Chocolate Stout Frapp-Brew-ccino
Starbucks may be rolling out beer and wine menus across the country, but we’ll gladly skip that line in order to create this boozy take on a Frappuccino in the comforts of our own home. Using an espresso stout, chocolate chips, coffee and other sweet and tasty ingredients, the Chocolate Stout Frapp-Brew-ccino is an adult dessert packed with an energy boost. Get the recipe.
5. Manly Deeds Womanly Words
Beer cocktails do not have to go the route of low alcohol. By combining rum, bourbon and amaro with a healthy two-ounce pour of India pale ale, Manly Deeds Womanly Words is not a drink for the faint of heart. With ingredients ranging from honey to bitter digestifs, this beer cocktail runs the full gamut of flavors. If you’re the adventurous type, this is the drink for you. Get the recipe.