6 Beer Cocktails To Warm You Up This Winter

During the colder months, having your friends over can really take the chill out of the season. But, what are you going to serve?

Wings and beer at a friendly get together are no-brainers, along with pigs in the blanket, dip, and other popular favorites. But, what if you wanted to take things to another level?

Never fear, we’ve got you covered. Below are 6 delicious beer cocktail recipes that will do wonders, in terms of elevating your beverage situation. Using beer as the base of your drinks (instead of ginger ale or soda water) will add depth of flavor and carbonation that may surprise you and your guests.

For instance, one of the most famous beer cocktails is something called a Michelada, which is very popular in Latin America. It combines beer with assorted hot sauces, lime juice, peppers, and spices. But, this isn’t your only option. In fact, experimenting bartenders have found that that there are a variety of spirits and flavor combinations that work quite well with different types of beers.

Intrigued? Consider the following recipes to help you take the chill out of the autumn and/or winter air:

The Duchess of London
This sweet, but tart, beer and gin recipe will delight the senses. And, it’s relatively simple to make, simply combine the following ingredients in a shaker and shake well.

What You Will Need:

  • 3/4 oz ginger syrup
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz gin

To make the ginger syrup, combine 3 tablespoons of ginger and 2 tablespoons of sugar and let simmer in a little bit of water.

Orcadian Nights
This cocktail is a combination of scotch and dark beer that will provide make your mouth feel velvety smooth.

What You Will Need:

  • ¾ oz whole egg white
  • 1 ½ oz whisky
  • 1 oz Porter ale
  • ¼ ounce honey
  • ½ ounce pimento dram
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

What to Do:

  • Combine egg, honey, pimento dram, and whisky into a cocktail shaker and mix for about ten seconds
  • Add ice to the shaker and mix until the drink is well chilled
  • Add porter and strain the ingredients into a chilled glass
  • Garnish with nutmeg

Intentional Grounding
Even in the midst of winter, sometimes it’s good to cool off. This drink, with its refreshing cucumber and lime, is perfect for just such an occasion.

What You Will Need:

  • Your favorite pale ale
  • 2 tbsp diced cucumber
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 2 oz tequila
  • Cucumber wheel

What to Do:

  • Add all the ingredients (except for the beer) into a shaker with about 4 cubes of ice and shake until nicely chilled
  • Strain the mixture into a glass
  • Top with the beer
  • Garnish the mixture with a cucumber wheel

Rotten Cider
This particular cocktail is an easily made rendition of the Snakebite, a cider and beer concoction that was very popular in the 1980s. Just combine (in equal parts) Guinness Stout and Angry Orchard Hard Cider.

To add a dramatic flair, pour the Angry Orchard in first. Then, use the back of a spoon to slowly pour the Guinness into the cup. This will make the beer slide down the side of the glass and rest on top of the cider.

The Hop Collins
This is a twist on the popular Tom Collins cocktail but with a hoppy IPA to up the aromatic factor.

What You Will Need:

  • 3 oz IPA
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 2 oz gin
  • Raspberry to garnish

What to Do:

  • Place a couple of ice cubes in a chilled glass
  • Combine simple syrup, lemon juice, gin, and ice in a shaker and shake well
  • Pour the mixture into the glass
  • Fill the rest of the glass with IPA
  • To minimize foam, pour slowly onto the ice cubes. This will also give a cool layered effect that will show off your (supposed) bartending prowess
  • Garnish your creation with a raspberry and serve with a straw

The Check is in the Mail
This cocktail is inspired by the classic Air Mail drink (made with honey, sparkingling wine, lime juice, and rum) and it will definitely make you feel as if you are floating.

What You Will Need:

  • 1/2 oz cinnamon syrup
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 3/4 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz honey rum
  • 1 oz regular rum
  • 1 1/2 oz IPA with citrus notes
  • 1/2 tsp honey

What To Do:

To make the cinnamon syrup:

  • Mix equal parts water and sugar into a saucepan on stove on medium heat
  • Add 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Cook on low for about 15 minutes
  • Remove the cinnamon

To make the cocktail:

  • Mix all the ingredients in a shaker with ice until nicely chilled
  • Pour into your desired glass and add grated cinnamon to garnish

The recipes listed above are guaranteed to take your next get-together to another level, just make sure everyone drinks responsibly. With that being said, enjoy the envy that is sure to be on your friends’ faces when they taste the delicious cocktails. It will warm you up during the cold months for sure. Salud!