Shake up beer O’clock

Beer is great on its own, but can make a zippy change to almost any cocktail

We know not everyone enjoys their brew straight up. There are times when a beer won’t cut it on its own. So, Monday Mag asked our own Lounge Lizard to share their top five beer cocktails.

1) Black Velvet: If you’re going to drink beer, why not add some sparkle?

5 oz champagne

5 oz Guiness

Combine in a glass, stir lightly.

2) Ale-ng Bloody Mary: A little of my own invention that makes for a happy hubby.

2 oz vodka

2 oz tomato juice

2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce

1 dash hot sauce (or to taste)

½ oz lime juice

ice

2 oz light ale

Put everything except the ale into a shaker and shake till well chilled. Pour into a tall glass filled with ice and top with beer. Garnish with pickled asparagus or your veggie of choice.

3) Arf and Arf: Invented in 1888 by renowned bartender Harry Johnson

3 to 4 oz porter

3 to 4 oz ale

4) Dogfish Cocktail: A Jamie Boudreau classic that’s a pain to create because you have to make the Pumpkin Ale liqueur but worth the bother.

1¾ oz Rittenhouse 100

¾ oz Carpano Antica Formula

½ oz Cynar

¼ oz Pumpkin Ale liqueur

Stir together over ice in a shaker and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

5) The Shandy: There are plenty of variations on this classic. Some are equal parts lemon lime soda, ginger ale or ginger beer but my favourite Englishman goes for:

1 pint of ale

1 shot of lime cordial

Fill glass ¾ full and pour in lime cordial.

 

 

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