Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget?
Note: This is a guest post from blogger Bethany North
While gathering with friends this summer season, why not celebrate in style with beer inspired cocktails? No, you don't have to blow all of your cash on a fancy bottle of champagne, but you can enjoy the same party beverages using beer as a mixer. Who knew?
- Michelada: The michelada is a delicious beer cocktail made of Mexican beer, lime, Tabasco, and beer salt. This is a perfect cocktail to start with, preferably paired with some chips and dip or other Mexican favorites, to get the party started.
- Shandy Gaff: To take all of your guests back to the spirit of Ireland, fill up a pint beer glass with a pale ale, and slowly top with ginger ale to create a fizzy and irresistible beer cocktail.
- Black Velvet: This is the ideal beer cocktail choice to mimic champagne, and you can even serve it in chilled champagne flutes. Fill a champagne glass halfway with chilled Guinness, and slowly top off the glass with inexpensive brut champagne. The combination of the two is truly heavenly, and you will get your expensive taste at half the cost.
- Porteree: Fill a beer glass a quarter of the way using a chilled porter, and stir in a tablespoon of sugar. Fill the glass the rest of the way with crushed ice, and top with the porter until it is full. Sprinkle grated nutmeg over the top, and enjoy this delicious and flavorful drink that will bring out the complex flavors of the porter.
- Groundskeeper: This is the perfect recipe if you have a case full of Budweiser that you don't know what to do with - besides drink, that is. This is a classic American favorite, and start out by pouring an ounce of single malt scotch into your beer glass. Add a bottle of Budweiser or another American pilsner to complete this flavorful beer cocktail.
You may be surprised to know how many mixed drinks can be made with your old standby favorite, beer. Beer is a delicious beverage to be celebrated, and you can spice things up next time you have friends over for a gathering by serving one of these less predictable cocktails.
Even better, all of these drinks add a high-class feel to any atmosphere while simultaneously sticking to an inexpensive budget. This is going to save you much more money than a night out on the town, so consider one of these recipes the next time you want to have a few or many friends over for any occasion. You can also take inspiration from the origins of these drinks to make it a theme night that is Mexican, Irish, or even American inspired. Get creative!
About the author:
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