What cocktails can you make from beer?

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Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in the UK, and for a good reason. It’s easy to drink, and there are numerous types of beer around. Whether you want a fruity flavour or a rich taste, there is a beer for you. You can even include it in your favourite cocktails.

Beer isn’t the traditional cocktail mixer. It’s usually on its own in an ice-cold pint glass. However, there are a few cocktails that include beer, and they are simply delicious. Try out a few different types of lagers to find your new go-to cocktail mixer. Mexican beer seems to be a favourite among mixologists.

The next time you are in a cocktail bar, look out for these beer concoctions.


When you combine lager with a margarita, you get a largerita. The traditional margarita is tequila, Cointreau and lime juice shaken up with plenty of ice. Top up your usual margarita with a Mexican lager, like Modelo Especial, to make a largertia. It’s super refreshing and perfect for a summer’s day.

Black velvet

A black velvet combines stout and champagne to create a bitter yet bubbly beverage. It sounds like an unusual pairing at first – but it’s actually quite popular.

Classic Shandy

A shandy is the go-to low alcohol cocktail for the designated driver of the night. It started in Europe hundreds of years ago and is still a favourite today. Top up a half pint of beer with lemonade or ginger beer. It’s much lighter than a full pint of beer and cuts the alcohol units in half. Top tip: Use homemade lemonade for an extra zingy kick!


A bloody Mary is the universal hangover cure. It combines tomato juice, lime juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco with celery to garnish. Replace the vodka with your favourite Mexican beer to the mix and you get a Michelada. You could add a touch of Mezcal for a little smokiness and agave hints. Elevate your usual bloody Mary, and find your new hangover cure.

The Boiler Room

The boiler room is much sweeter than the other beer cocktails. It contains lager, bourbon, honey, ginger liqueur, lemon juice and marigold tea. It’s an unexpected mix that creates a wonderful summer taste.

Try out some different flavour combinations this year with these beer-y cocktails. You might be surprised by how delicious they are.

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