Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl's Top Beer Cocktail Recipes

Make this the summer of beer-cocktails and here’s your jumping off spot

Off The Menu with Dara Grumdahl
April 05, 2019 - 8:36 am

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Since we’re talking about non-beer drinkers and beer on Off the Menu this week, I thought this would be the right time to talk about all the wide world of beer cocktails.  Now, some beer cocktails are not new: The shandies and radlers of the world are over a hundred years old. Some beer cocktails are new, because bartenders get bored and start experimenting. Is this going to be your summer of beer-cocktails? I don’t know, but if it is, here’s your jumping off spot!

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Shandies and Radlers 
A shandy is beer and lemonade. A radler started out as beer plus ginger ale, and now it’s beer plus something something like soda.  Either way, these are the easiest beer cocktails, so dump some lemonade in your beer or get fancy, like you could be if you make one with fresh grapefruit juice.
I feel very embarrassed to have never heard of a beertini before this week—it’s green bar olives and brine in your beer.  This definitely sounds like what happens when you’re in the bar all day. But sometimes I’m a critic, sometimes I’m an observer of life. Some part of life is a beertini!

Micheladas For All! 
Micheladas are my favorite beer cocktail, it’s like a bloody Mary, sort of, but lighter. The Magazine Punch asked bartenders for their new favorites, and I’m partial to all of them—a fun thing to play with at the cabin this summer for sure. Basil ice-cubes!  That’ll get them off their Jet Skis. 

Beer Americano 
Can you make a version of the Americano cocktail with Campari and beer? Oh, you bet, you bet you can! 

Martha Stewart’s Beer Punch
What happens if you add a honey syrup, fresh lime juice, fresh orange juice, and hot sauce to beer? Martha Stewart says you get a sweet and spicy beer punch. Has she been spending too much time with Snoop Dog? You be the judge.

Extremely Fancy Beer Cocktails 
We covered the basics!  But I know that some of you can’t stop with the basics, and for you I direct your attention to some extremely, extremely fancy beer recipes, like one with stout and amaro.  This ain’t your grandma’s shandy! I mean, I don’t know if your grandma had a shandy, but if she did, I’m sure it was lovely, and yet this still isn’t it.  

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