Perfect for the brew-enthusiast looking for something stronger.

December 11, 2017
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Beer Cocktails
Credit: Johnny Fogg

Cocktails for beer lovers? Cheers to that! Each of these signature drinks is made with a brew chosen for
 its body and flavor, which is what makes them a great choice for your wedding's signature aperitif or as stand-alone options at the after-party. Even better, since they marry your favorite spirits with your go-to craft beer, you don't have to worry about finding a way to include each on that special drink menu. Give your guests a cocktail to remember with the following concoctions, which include a wheat-beer shandy with a citrus twist, a ginger-rum drink topped with stout, and a light, lemony cocktail with apple beer.

Stout and Stormy

Active/Total Time: 5 minutes

Makes: 1 cocktail

Note: For a lighter cocktail, omit the rum.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces ginger beer, such as Goslings
  • 1⁄2 ounce fresh lime juice, plus a lime wheel for serving
  • 1 ounces rum (optional)
3 ounces stout, such as Guinness

Directions

  1. Add ginger beer, lime juice, and rum to a highball glass filled with ice; stir. Top with stout; stir once to com- bine. Serve with lime wheel.

Campari Shandy

Active/Total Time: 5 minutes

Makes: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 2 ounces fresh orange juice, plus a strip of orange peel for serving
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Wheat beer, such as Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale

Directions

  1. Add Campari, orange juice, and lemon juice to a 14-ounce wineglass filled with crushed ice; top with beer. Stir to combine, then top with additional crushed ice. Serve with orange peel.

Wedding Flower

Active/Total Time: 5 minutes

Makes: 1 cocktail

Note: For a lighter cocktail, omit the rum.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce gin, such as Gordon's London Dry Gin
  • 1 ounce fresh Meyer-lemon juice
  • 1 ounces elderflower liqueur, such as St-Germain 

  • 2 ounces Belgian apple beer, such as Lindemans Pomme Lambic 
Apple slices, for serving

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice; shake until shaker is cold and frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into a 6-ounce coupe glass. Serve with apple slices.

The Details: (from left) Riedel "Veritas" Beer Glass, $69 for 2, riedelusa.net. Crate and Barrel Craft-Beer Glass, $5, crateandbarrel.com. CB2 "Marie" Coupe Cocktail Glass, $4, cb2.com.

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