You might assume that dads and beer cocktails would not mix very well.
Dads are notoriously finicky about their beer, and beer cocktails sound like the kind of drink a dad would refer to as “frilly.” But once dad gets over the idea of daring to mix something extra into his beer, he’ll appreciate the variety of refreshing possibilities he can enjoy sipping on the porch this spring. So we here at Classic Dad humbly present a list of beer cocktails that even dad can get behind.
The Classic Lemon Shandy
Now, you can find various fancy recipes for a Lemon Shandy that involve zest and simple syrup and all that sort of nonsense. But come on, there’s no way dad’s going to do that work. This is a simple, refreshing drink that simply requires you to pour some beer in your lemonade, or vice-versa. No need to overthink the classics.
Beer Bloody Mary
Did you know that Bloody Marys don’t have to be made with vodka? You probably did, okay, sure.
But while you might have encountered a gin Bloody Mary or a tequila Bloody Mary, an under-appreciated variation takes hard liquor out of the equation entirely.
Just make a Bloody Mary using your normal recipe (every dad has their own Bloody Mary recipe) and replace one part of vodka with three parts of beer. Any beer will work, so long as you’re not going some crazy IPA route. Lagers and stouts are safe bets.
This honestly shouldn’t come as too much of a shock, considering how well beer chasers go with Bloody Marys in the first place. And you won’t hear any complaints from dad with the end result.
Sangria is the perfect drink for the summer and spring. But dads who would rather have a little fizz in their fruity drinks can replace wine with some vodka, grape juice, beer, and whatever fruits they want to put in there (we’d recommend apples, grapes, and peaches). Just combine your juice, vodka and fruit, and chill for an hour, and combine it with a nice wheat beer, and soak in the sun.
There are many ways to make a Michelada, but for this article we’re going with the more popular Mexican variety. It’s a simple drink that’s been said to be a powerful hangover cure, if that’s what you’re into.
Just combine beer, preferably a Mexican lager, with hot sauce and lime juice. That’s it. If you want to really elevate it, salt the rim of your glass first. You’ll thank us for that later. Just mix to your preferred strength, and enjoy!
Very few drinks taste more refreshing in spring than the Margarita. But why not boost that refreshing quotient with some beer?
The Lagerita is not only a delicious spring beer cocktail, it also is a dad-approved pun, so really it’s working on a lot of levels.
If you want to do it right, take some Cointreau (about a shot), some tequila (two shots should do nicely), a healthy dash of lime juice, and half a Mexican lager. Not only is it delicious, it’s deceptively strong. You might want to tell dad to only limit himself to one, but you know he won’t. Don’t worry, he’ll just nap it off on the hammock later on.