We’re in for yet another scorching hot weekend, and I’ll be relying heavily on my thirst-quenching beverages to keep me cool. As much as I hate to admit it, sometimes it is just too hot for a stout, porter, or even an IPA. Sometimes I need something lighter to make it through.
That’s when beer cocktails come into play. A perfect blend of beer, booze, and other yummy liquids, hoptails can be the perfect alternative on a hot sunny day. Or, they can be just a fun way to switch up your drinking routine. Try a few of these to really get into the summer mood.
This lovely breakfast cocktail is of my own creation. When we went camping earlier in the summer, I brought along lots of Atwater Whango, their mango wheat beer. As I was in my tent dreaming of mango mimosas, I figured why not try to make my own fruity concoction. The Campground Sunrise was born. I’m not much for measuring, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make this drink. In a pint glass, you’ll need 1 oz shot tequila (I use Altos) + 1/3 can of Whango + champagne + orange juice. The champs and orange juice you can do to your preference, but I vote more champs than juice. Gently stir and enjoy!
This hoptail calls for a very specific beer: Dogfish Head Biere de Provence. This is another of my at-home concoctions, so again the measuring is up to your discretion. Biere de Provence is an herbal beer using lavender, marjoram, and bay leaves. The result is an aromatic pleasure with complex flavor reminiscent of running through a garden. This works wonderfully with gin’s already herbal earthy flavors. After consulting with my cocktail mistresses Lauren and Lissa, we recommend Wigle Ginever for this drink, a ratio of 1 oz shot per beer, again stirred gently. Garnish with fresh sage from your garden.
The Beeroness nailed summer when she put out her recipe for IPA slushes. Why should wine get to have all the fun? She recommends using a tropical DIPA. Suggestions: Troegs Nimble Giant, Great Lakes Chillwave, or Starr Hill Hopfetti. Follow her full recipe here.
It’s no secret that Sara and I are all about the pineapple/tiki/summer life. The only thing I love as much as a margarita in the summer is a pina colada. Who says we can’t make it into a hoptail? Take the basic pina colada recipe, and substitute out the pineapple juice for Rivertowne’s Hala Kahiki pineapple beer. 3 parts Hala Kahiki Pinapple beer + 1 part white rum + 1 part coconut cream. Blend ice, rum, and coconut until smooth, stir in the beer, core a pineapple, and drink it with an umbrella and straw!