Editors' Favorite Beer Drinks

Freshen your favorite lager with fun, summery ingredients to create cool, unexpected beverages.

  • Black Velvet
    William Dickey

    Black Velvet

    The next time you have an occasion to toast, skip the traditional bubbly. Instead, pour sparkling wine into Champagne flutes, filling half full. Top with an equal amount of chilled stout beer. This cocktail is a fun way to spruce up an ordinary celebration.

  • Haymarket
    Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr


    The Haymarket cocktail plays with the notion of a beer cocktail and refines it. Lime and cucumber give this innovative cocktail a refreshing, subtle edge.

  • <p>Citrus-Honey Beer Shandy</p>

    Citrus-Honey Beer Shandy

    Vodka and hefeweizen pack a serious punch, but are matched by the delicate sweetness of lemon, orange, and honey in this easy-to-sip cocktail.
  • Lime-Chile Beer
    Annabelle Breakey

    Lime-Chile Beer

    Bring out the Tex-Mex flavors of fajita night with a drink made from light-bodied wheat beer. Lime juice, sugar, salt, and chili powder combine to add a sweet-tart heat to the evening.
  • Lost in Texas
    Photo: Jody Horton; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas  

    Lost in Texas

    This refreshing beer cocktail balances a malty bock-style beer with fruit-tinged apricot brandy.

  • Bul
    Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro


    Serve a light, refreshing Cuban-inspired drink (pronounced "bool") made with lime juice, ginger ale, and your favorite bottled beer. We like it best with a pale ale or light-colored beer.
  • Beer 'Garitas
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Margaret Dickey

    Beer 'Garitas

    Drink to a Mexican-inspired evening with these tasty sippers. Limeade concentrate and orange liqueur add bright flavor. If you like your margaritas bold, make the drink with dark beer. Serve in mason jars for added summer flair.
  • Raspberry Beer Cocktail
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Margaret Dickey

    Raspberry Beer Cocktail

    Serve a fruity concoction made with fresh raspberries and raspberry lemonade concentrate. Crush the strawberries in the pitcher before serving to release their tasty tart juices.
  • Ginger Beer Cocktail
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Margaret Dickey

    Ginger Beer Cocktail

    Switch from sangria and try this fruit-infused drink. Fresh slices of cucumber, apple, and orange float in the ginger-beer-and-orange-juice concoction. Ginger beer is made both with and without alcohol, so you can tailor this recipe to suit kid-friendly gatherings.
  • Beer Shandy

    Beer Shandy

    Chilled pale ale, ginger beer, and Angostura bitters are the basis for this simple beer drink.
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