17 Beer Cocktail Recipes to See You Through the Season

on September 4, 2015


Rethink Your Drink

Beer and football season go hand in hand, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for a six-pack. This round of beer-soaked cocktail recipes has a little something for everyone-and will keep you buzzing with flavors for the final days of summer all the way through fall.

Perpetually Hungry

Watermelon Beer Cocktail

Nothing says summer quite like a slice of ripe watermelon, and we can taste it in this refreshing summer shandy featuring wheat ale.

Get the Recipe: Watermelon Beer

Pretty Plain Janes

Southern Shandy

This sweet mix of beer, lemonade and peach brandy just begs to be sipped outside, slowly and leisurely, just as nature intended.

Get the Recipe: Southern Shandy

Liz Harris for Honest Cooking


Your favorite childhood treat just got a whole lot better. Hints of rosemary, your favorite fruity beer, and mixed berries make this boozy popsicle a beautifully boozy treat.

Get the Recipe: Berries and Beer Popsicles

Movita Beaucoup

The Dark and Stormy

Don't be fooled by the name-this classic combination of rum and ginger beer is a great way to spice up your summer. We love the crystallized ginger and lime garnish. Nothing says "special occasion" like a good garnish, right?

Get the Recipe: Dark and Stormy Cocktail

Camille Styles

Blackberry Lemon Shandy

Touchdown? Bottoms up! We love the way tart lemon and sweet blackberry compliment the bitterness of a good pale pale ale-and a sprig of mint is the perfect cool finish.

Get the Recipe: Super Bowl Shandies

The Beeroness

Brewed Mary

Who would have thought that replacing vodka with beer in a Bloody Mary would be such a delicious transition? A good IPA will be your best bet to complement the tomato juice and spices. And we HEAR (you know, from friends) that it's a heck of a hangover cure.

Get the Recipe: Brewed Mary: Beer Bloody Mary

Liz Harris for Pair Magazine

Beer Sangria

We're up for fruit and herbs in just about any libation-especially our beer cocktails, as it turns out. This sangria features fresh oranges, a kick of tequila, and sprigs of rosemary and thyme to finish.

Get the Recipe: Orange Sangria with Beer

The Kitchn

The Cocky Rooster

If you're as obsessed with Sriracha as we are, you're going to LOVE this one. An ice cold lager meets the distinct fire of Sriracha, along with a few dashes of Maggi sauce, jalapeu00f1os, and a little fresh lime.

Get the Recipe: Cocky Rooster

The Mason Shaker

The Three and Out

This sweet and spicy combo is sure to put some spring in your step. Vodka, honey, chile, lemon and a Pilsner are all that's needed to make this perfect companion to your game day festivities.

Get the Recipe: The Three and Out

There Will Be Bourbon

Beer Fashioned

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but we say you can give the Old Fashioned a brand new look. A wheat ale gives new life to this classic combination, complete with the signature orange twist.

Get the Recipe: Beer Fashioned Cocktail

My Baking Addiction

Grown-Up Root Beer Float

Another childhood favorite all grown up! This combination of root beer ale and ice cream couldn't be any easier to make (or fall in love with).

Get the Recipe: Adult Root Beer Floats

Anjelika Temple for Brit + Co

Pumpkin Cider Beertail

We're pretty charmed by this one-it shoots a nod to some of our favorite fall flavors. This shandy twist is a delicious combination of cider and pumpkin ale, garnished with lemon and a cinnamon stick.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Cider Beertail


Maple Bourbon Shandy

Sip your way into cooler days with this satisfying shandy. There's plenty of sweetness thanks to the bourbon and maple syrup, and the flavor is rounded off with orange juice and a dash of coffee bitters.

Get the Recipe: Maple Bourbon Shandy

Jacob Grier

Averna Stout

This deliciously creamy cocktail is made extra-smooth thanks to the addition of an egg and the flavors of Averna amaro. Freshly grated nutmeg gives this drink a sweet, dark and nutty flavor. Perfect for fall.

Get the Recipe: Averna Stout Flip


The Steamroller

This cocktail features steam beer, which is full-bodied and more bubbly than your standard ale. Its unique flavor is complemented by elderflower and cherry liqueur and a shot of rye whiskey.

Get the Recipe: Steamroller

Spirited Alchemy

Bitter Pumpkin

Those of you who love bitter drinks have found yourselves in the right place. This mixture of amaro, rye, pumpkin butter, bitters and dark ale is serious with just a hint of sweet.

Get the Recipe: Bitter Pumpkin

Salt & Wind

The Black Velvet

This wonderfully Irish cocktail is a blend of Guinness, sparkling brut, creme de cassis and brandy soaked cherries. Not to mention, its stunning hue looks especially gorgeous once poured.

Get the Recipe: Black Velvet Cocktail