Beer Cocktails


Orlando Bartenders Mix Up the Perfect Summer Thirst Quencher — Beer Cocktails

A good beer is a solid choice all on its own. But thanks to the explosion of craft breweries popping up across the nation, an unexpected offshoot has picked up momentum—the rise of beer cocktails.


1½ ounces cucumber juice (see step 1)

1 ounce gin  

1 ounce fresh lime juice 

2 ounces simple syrup 

Cigar City’s Hopped on the High Seas

Skin and blend a cucumber, then strain to create cucumber juice

Shake all ingredients (except beer) with ice, and strain into tall pint glass with ice. (Do not overfill with ice; leave about 2 inches of head space).

Top off with Cigar City’s Hopped on the High Seas.

Garnish with a cucumber slice.

Amanda Gibbons

Amanda Gibbons


Amanda Gibbons
Winner of Orlando’s Main Streets Cocktail Competition

1 cup sugar

½ cup fresh lemongrass  

½ ounce fresh orange juice 

3 dashes orange bitters (Bitter Truth or Angostura Orange Bitters)

1½ ounces Death’s Door Gin 

Cigar City Florida Cracker White Ale

Orange peel, for garnish

Mix 1 cup pure cane sugar with 1 cup water, and bring to a boil in a saucepan.

Add ½ cup chopped lemongrass; boil 1 minute.

Cover and let cool for 30 minutes.

Strain into a mason jar.

Mix 1 ounce lemongrass simple syrup, orange juice, bitters and gin in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a Collins glass

Top with ice and Cigar City Florida Cracker. Garnish with an orange peel.

Beer Cocktails

Samm Holder

Samm Holder


Samm Holder
The Woods

5 mint leaves 

3 blackberries 

1 ounce Fox Barrel Blackberry Pear Cider Reduction Syrup (recipe follows) 

1½ ounces Death’s Door Gin

½ ounce Art in the Age rhubarb tea liqueur (may substitute brewed black tea for a similar taste)

¼ ounce fresh lemon juice

1½ ounces Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale

Muddle mint and blackberries in a glass.

Add ice, 1 ounce Fox Barrel Blackberry Pear Cider Reduction Syrup, gin, rhubarb tea liqueur and lemon juice

Shake and double strain into a mason jar. 

Top with beer.

Garnish with a mint leaf and fresh blackberry.

Fox Barrel Blackberry Pear Cider Reduction Syrup 

Pour a 12-ounce bottle of Fox Barrel Blackberry Pear Cider into a pot.

Bring to a boil, uncovered, and continue boiling until the liquid is reduced by half.

Turn off heat; add ½ cup sugar, and stir.

Let liquid cool before refrigerating.

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Paul Johnsen

Paul Johnsen


Paul Johnsen
Todd English’s bluezoo

1½ ounces American Harvest vodka

½ ounce Barenjager Pear liqueur 

½ ounce fresh grapefruit juice 

1 ounce fresh lemon juice 

Orange Blossom Pilsner Honey Beer  

Mix all ingredients (except beer) in shaker.

Shake on ice, then strain into beer goblet.

Finish with beer and garnish with orange slice.

Beer Cocktails