For years, the perfect mixer has been right under our noses, chilling in our fridge: beer. "We use these amazing ingredients," says Alex Gregg of Houston's Anvil Bar & Refuge, "and then you look at the taps and think, 'Why don't I play around with some of that great beer?'" Working with beer cocktails at home doesn't require a lot of skill, just a basic understanding of how to properly pair spirits and beers – like the pros did in these six recipes. Launch Gallery >>
Costa Rhode Island
Between a margarita and a michelada, this drink from Joe McGuirk at Highland Kitchen in Somerville, Massachusetts, is one you'll knock back in twos all summer. The name is inspired by Narragansett, the Rhode Island–based lager McGuirk uses, but Budweiser more than does the trick.
1.5 oz blanco tequila
0.75 oz grapefruit juice
0.75 oz elderflower liqueur
6 oz Budweiser
Salt the rim, shake the measured ingredients, and strain over ice. Add beer.
Credit: Photograph by Jamie Chung: Liquid Styling by Karen Evans