5 refreshing beer cocktails

If you are a beer person and also have a craving for refreshing cocktails then these beer cocktails are just for you.

The main key to any good cocktail is thorough blending, especially if you’re including things like sugar, spice and whole fruit. But, in case if you needed it spelling out, vigorously shaking a carbonated drink is only going to end in the mop coming out, so just stir away, or shake your spirit at the base with juice then slowly add the beer afterwards.

1. Michelada

Serves: 1
Preparation Time: 15 mins

Pour the juice of 1 lime into a small bowl, then brush  the lime juice around the rim of a glass, tankard or tumbler. Put 1 tbsp sea salt onto a plate, then carefully dip the rim of the tankard into the salt to coat it. Fill the glass with a handful of ice cubes then add 1 tbsp tequila and the remaining lime juice. Stir gently, then slowly pour in 330ml lager into it. Top with a dash of Worcestershire sauce and garnish with a slice of lime. Try this classic michelada recipe for an instant crowd-pleaser.

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2. Raspberry beer mojito

Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 5 mins

Take two tall highball glasses and divide 1 chopped lemon and 50ml spiced rum between them. Mix them together with a muddling stick or the handle of a wooden spoon to release a little of the lime juice into the rum. Add ice then put a small bunch of mint leaves by holding them in the palm of one hand then hitting them with the other like a clap. Sprinkle the mint leaves into the glasses then divide 330ml raspberry beer between them. Garnish with a few raspberries and enjoy.

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3. Posh ginger shandy

Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 10 mins

Put some cube of ice into a large cocktail shaker and add the juice of 2 lemons, 1 tsp ginger cordial and 1 tbsp ginger wine. Shake the cocktail shaker until the outside body feels cold and looks frosted. Divide the mixture between two large martini glasses or short tumblers and top with 250ml wheat beer and garnish with ginger matchsticks. Serve chilled and enjoy.

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4. Espresso stout

Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 5 mins plus chilling

Pour 25ml cold espresso into a small jug and add 25ml coffee liqueur. Stir and place it in the fridge along with two tall, thin pilsner glasses or a slim tumbler. Chill it for 30 mins or until it is really cold, then divide 250ml stout between the two glasses. Slowly divide the chilled espresso mix between the glasses and serve immediately.

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5. Campari IPA

Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 5 mins

Take two  glasses and put 2-3 ice cubes in each one. Divide 50ml Campari between the glasses and top it with 300ml IPA. Add some sparkling orange juice and rub  a piece of orange peel around the rim of each glass before dropping it into the drink, and enjoy your drink.

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