Beer mixed drink recipes

Beer drinkers wanting to try something new might like one of the many beer-based mixed drink recipes in this article.

For over 10,000 years, humans have enjoyed beer. The beverage continues to be one of humanity's favorites, and there is no indication that this will ever change. But drinking beer does not have to be boring; in addition to the many varieties of beer, there are also dozens of beer mixed drink recipes.

Although the true beer connoisseur can list lots of subtly different beer varieties, there are two basic types of beer: lager and ale. Lagers tend to be comparatively clearer, lighter in body, and lower in alcohol. Ales are typically dark, full-bodied, and slightly sweet or fruity. Recipes usually specify whether a lager or ale should be used. Many recipes call for a specific brand of beer, but other similar beers can be substituted.

There are probably as many beer-based mixed drink recipes as there are beer-based mixed drink drinkers. However, some drinks are much more popular than others. The most famous recipe is the Irish Car Bomb, which traditionally consists of one pint of Guinness®, half a shot of Baileys® Irish Cream, and half a shot of Irish whiskey. The Boiler Maker, another popular beer-based mixed drink, is made with a pint of beer and a shot of whiskey.

Beer mixed drinks made with stout, a very full-bodied and dark type of ale, are especially popular. There are two basic formulas for stout mixed drinks. In the first formula, a shot of something is added to one pint of stout; the aforementioned Boiler Maker is an example of this type of recipe, although the Boiler Maker is not always made with a stout. Other recipes include stout with a shot of Jagermeister®, stout with a shot of rum, and stout with a shot of vodka. In the second formula, equal parts of stout and some other ingredient are combined. For instance, stout may be mixed in equal proportions with cola, lemonade, root beer, or champagne.

Other more creative recipes that do not follow either of these formulas are also numerous. For example, an adult who still feels like a kid at heart might enjoy a stout float made by adding vanilla ice cream to a pint of stout. Some recipes call for any type of stout without specifying that lager be used, although many people still prefer stout in these drinks.

Although they are not as common, there are some mixed drink recipes that call for ale. Lovers of ale might try a pint of ale with a shot of gin or a pint of ale with a couple ounces of tomato juice. And, of course, the adventurous drinker can substitute ale for lager in any recipe, although quaffable results are not always guaranteed.

The devout beer drinker can try mixed recipes that use more than one type of beer. Stout and another type of lager can be mixed in equal proportions; the same can be done with ale and lager. Stout and cider are sometimes combined, and a little bit of berry liqueur is often added to this drink.

These recipe ideas should help adults continue and expand upon humankind's tradition of drinking beer. Enjoy and drink responsibly.

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