Beer Cocktails: How to Dress Up a Blue-Collar Brew

By Judy Allen / Photography By Brooke Allen | Last Updated May 01, 2015
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During the hot summer months it is simple enough to crack open a foamy beer to temper the Oklahoma heat. On its own, beer can be more than just refreshing … it can be hoppy, fruity, citrusy and malty. Mixed with other flavorful ingredients, however, beer can be elevated to the cocktail hour.

Spicy Micheladas give Marshall pilsner a kick in the pants with the addition of hot sauce, lime juice and black pepper; sweet and tart lemonade turns COOP Elevator Wheat beer into a Shandy; and combined as if it was always meant to be, dry rosé wine, Belgian Framboise lambic beer and Anthem’s Golden One, a Belgian-style blond ale, serve as summer’s new favorite sangria.

It goes without saying that these cocktails are best stirred, not shaken.

Spicy Michelada

Spicy Michelada
A michelada is a classic Mexican cerveza preparada (prepared beer) made with light Mexican beer, lime juice and hot sauce with or without a dash of tomato juice. We used Marshall’s pilsner and...

Lemon Shandy

Lemon Shandy
Essentially equal parts beer and lemonade, a Shandy is one of our summer faves, especially when made with COOP’s Elevator Wheat. We made our own lemonade, to better control the sweetness and...

Belgian Sangria

Belgian Sangria
Sangria may be the go-to punch of summertime, but it is typically made with cheap wine, cheaper brandy and loads of fruit to add flavor. This beer version makes use of raspberry-laced lambic (ale...
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