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 >>
JaMexican Bodega Cobbler
Part Jamaican, part Mexican, the JaMexican Bodega Cobbler is built upon a Caribbean flavor base of rum and demerara syrup that is fused with a refreshing south-of-the-border tang from citrus juices and Mexico's most popular beer, Modelo Especial.
1 oz Appleton Estate Reserve
0.25 oz demerara syrup (1-1)
0.25 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
Shake Appleton, demerara syrup, and lemon juice with an orange 1/2-wheel and strain into a Pilsner glass. Add crushed ice and start adding beer 3/4 of the way up the glass. Let the beer settle, add more crushed ice, and top with more beer. Finish with a cone effect of crushed ice and garnish with an orange 1/2-wheel, lemon 1/2-wheel, and a mint sprig.