A Guide To Craft Beer Cocktails

Though craft beer enthusiasts may be some of the most adventurous drinkers in the world, many are still hesistant when it comes to beer-based cocktails. “Keep your hands off my beer, it’s already perfect,” they cry, clutching their Teku glass to their breast. If you’re willing to unshackle yourself from the confines of your own presumptions, however, there’s an entire world of refreshment like you’d have never even imagined. So, without further waffling, here are some amazing craft beer cocktail recipes to broaden your horizons…

Auchentoshan and Ale

Whisky and ale have long been firm friends. The ‘hauf an’ a hauf’ (a whisky and ale chaser) is an old Scottish favourite. Auchentoshan American Oak’s aroma of citrus and bold nuttiness pairs perfectly with the crispness of chilled beer. This combo of flavours provides you with an unexpectedly refreshing drink.



Combine Auchentoshan American Oak, lemon juice and honey syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into
vessel with ice. Top with a beer of your choice and garnish with a lemon wedge. Smile knowingly.



Ginger Shandy

Though it’s likely you’ve never thought of a shandy as a cocktail, it is (sort of). This souped-up version is definitely worthy of the title with the added bonus of ginger wine and coridial to add some sweet spice to proceedings. Instead of the standard lager, go with a hoppy IPA to ramp up the bitter and spice, or a bold wheat beer for refreshing balance.


  • 1 tbsp ginger wine
  • 1 tsp ginger cordial
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 250ml wheat beer or IPA
  • Lemon wedge (garnish)

Put a handful of ice in a cocktail shaker then add the lemon juice, ginger wine and ginger cordial. Shake vigorously until cold. Strain the mixture into the bottom of two glasses (this one’s for sharing!) and top up with 250ml of beer; wheat beers and hoppy IPAs work best.



Craft Beer Michelada

Hangover cause and cure all rolled into one, the Michelada is a classic beer cocktail made even better when that beer is craft. A mixture of cold lager, lime juice and savoury additions of salt, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce, the Michelada is stunning blend of bitterness, heat and bold acidity. It may sound weird, but you’ve got to try it.


  • Coarse salt
  • Chilli powder
  • 10 ml hot sauce
  • 60ml lime juice
  • 5ml Worcestershire sauce
  • 330ml lager

Pour salt and chilli powder into a small, shallow dish. Rub rim of glass with a little lime juice then dip glass into the dish to create a salt rim. Fill glass with lime juice, hot sauce,and Worcestershire sauce. Add a pinch of salt, fill glass with ice and top with beer. Stir gently to mix everything together.


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