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 >>
More of a doctored beer than a beer cocktail, the michelada features lime, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and beer, served on ice. This version nails that tart, savory, spicy mix. Consider it a blueprint for experimentation.
Mexican hot sauce
1 bottle of Mexican lager
Salt the rim. Add ice, the juice of the lime, a shake of Worcestershire sauce, as much hot sauce as you want, and top with beer.
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