Angry Honey Bee

Beer is having a moment. The humble brew of cereal grains, water and yeast—a staple of backyard barbecues and the corner bar has enjoyed a renaissance thanks to craft brewers. And now it’s becoming the star of cocktails. A thirst quencher, that plays well with others, beer cocktails are textured and distilled, simple but fashionable. Bartenders from Portland to West Hollywood shared some of the beer cocktails they’ve been working on. Get ready to enjoy a cold brew in a whole new way this spring.

Amaro Al Fresco

amaro al fresco palihouse west hollywood

Image: courtesy of Palihouse West Hollywood

Makes 1 cocktail

Sip your way into spring with this Peroni infused cocktail from Palihouse West Hollywood’s Shawn Shepard. The European pale lager isn’t overly hoppy and its flower notes add a refreshing lightness to the vermouth, for a libation that is deliciously smooth with soft bubbles.

What you’ll need

1 Peroni Nastro Azzurro
1 oz. Aperol
1/4 oz. Fernet Branca
1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
Orange Peel

How it’s done

In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients with ice except Peroni and shake vigorously. Fill tall glass with new ice and add Peroni gently, strain ingredients over Peroni gently and garnish with orange peel.

 

Angry Honey Bee

Angry Honey Bee

Image: courtesy of Angry Orchard

Makes 1 cocktail

Sweeten up your spring with a bright cocktail. Jeremy Oertel of Brooklyn’s Donna uses Angry Orchard’s summer seasonal, Summer Honey, to add body, bubbles and balance to classic mixed drinks. This Angry Honey Bee with vodka, lemon juice, St. Germain and ginger will have you loving the bees, angry or not.

What you’ll need

1 oz Vodka
.75 oz Lemon Juice
.5 oz St. Germain
.5 oz Ginger Syrup
4 oz Angry Orchard Summer Honey
Candied ginger for garnish
Lemon wheel for garnish

How it’s done

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a Collins glass with ice and top with cider. Garnish with a piece of candied ginger and lemon wheel.

 

Sam Adams Summer Ale Sangria

Summer Ale Sangria Sam Adams

Image: courtesy of Sam Adams

Makes 40, 3oz servings

Think of this as the New England twist on traditional sangria. Mixologist Trevor Frye from Washington, DC’s Jack Rose Dining Saloon worked with Boston classic Sam Adams to create cocktail recipes for a number of summer beers, on shelves now. The crisp ale has a bit of spice that balances out the sweet white wine for a refreshing sangria with bite.

What you’ll need

4¼ bottles Samuel Adams Summer Ale
2 bottles of light white wine, like a sweet Riesling
2 oz. soda water
½ cup of cognac
½ cup of apple schnapps
½ cup of simple syrup
2 honeydew melons, peeled, sliced and diced
4 oranges, cut in to wheels

How it’s done

Mix all ingredients, except the soda water, together in a large bowl, and refrigerate overnight. Add 2 oz. of soda water, and serve.

 

Kicked Up Mocha Milkshake

Spiked mocha milkshake Soltada Tequila

Image: courtesy of Soltado Tequila

Makes 1 cocktail

Get nostalgic for childhood days with an update to a milkshake. Cassandra Rose, mixologist for Soltado Tequila  offers a grown-up version of the dessert. Using creamy, dark Guinness and spicy Tequila this milkshake is sweet but not too sweet, spicy but mellow. Simple, yet indulgent.

What you’ll need

1 oz Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila
Chocolate and coffee ice cream
2 ounces Guinness stout
Dash of chocolate bitters

How it’s done

Pour Soltado Tequila and Guinness into glass, add ice cream, top with chocolate bitters.

 

Pray For Me Maria

Pray For Me Maria Fox Restaurant Concepts

Image: courtesy of Fox Restaurant Concepts

Makes 1 cocktail

Sometimes the best way to cool down a balmy day is to spice it up. Mat Snapp, Master Mixologist of Fox Restaurant Concepts does just that with the Pray for Me Maria. Spiced tomato, tequila and chile con sal heat up this drink while the smashed cucumber and modelo especial give it a refreshing balance. Think of as a michelada style update to the classic Bloody Mary.
What you’ll need
3 slices cucumber
0.25 oz simple syrup
0.5 oz lime juice
1 oz. Don Julio tequila
2 oz. Major Peters Bloody Mary mix
1 Modelo beer
Chile con sal (chile and salt) rim
Lime wedge

How it’s done
Muddle the cucumber, simply syrup and lime juice. Add the tequila and Bloody Mary mix. Give it a quick shake and top with Modelo beer, Chile con sal and a lime wedge.