Hosting a Super Bowl bash this year? Don’t leave your brews on the sideline: Treat them to box seat style by teaming up with the likes of bourbon, hot sauce, maple syrup and beef jerky for an epic game-time flavor blitz. You may never go back to bottled beer again.
This spice-licked, savory beer ’tail is almost like pouring a few spoonfuls of hot salsa into your brew—but way better. Choose a light lager that can handle some heat, then lash it with hot sauce, Worcestershire, lime juice and celery salt—plus a cayenne salt rim.
Get the recipe for the Michelada.
Fiery hues hint at this cocktail’s smokey mezcal base, which is teased by the bittersweet team of Campari, Belgian tripel-style beer and tart mayhaw syrup made with wild mayhaw berries harvested in the swamps of southern Georgia. If you don’t have a jar of mayhaw jelly handy (not surprising), substitute cranberry jelly spiked with lemon juice.
Get the recipe for the Mezcal & Mayhem.
Shandies and similar beer-based mixed drinks are popular in Germany, where they are called Biermischgetränke. This particularly sunny Shandy takes a page from Brazil’s playbook with a cachaça base, but meets up with honey syrup, lemon juice and a göse-style German beer, a dry, unfiltered wheat beer that’s seasoned with coriander seeds and salt.
Get the recipe for the Santa Catarina Shandy.
Saving the burliest cocktail for last, this hefty pint and its wild ingredient list might seem like a Hail Mary. But with a strapping lineup of rye whiskey, Belgian beer, maple syrup, barbecue bitters and beef jerky garnish, it’s a guaranteed game changer.
Get the recipe for the Rub & Rye.