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French beer cocktails to make at home

Easy-to-make French beer cocktails that you can whip up anywhere, anytime.

Even though you might not relate beer with France immediately, locals love a chilled pint just like anyone else. If you’re looking to try something other than your favorite brew, then these easy-to-make French beer cocktails should definitely make it to your to-drink list.

Strawberry Monaco

Recipe by The Speckled Palate

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Strawberry flavored Monaco cocktail, Source: Website

Leave No Trace Lager's perfect amount of maltiness adds a new twist to the refreshing strawberry-based drink. The sweet and sour strawberry flavor blends well with the citrus aromas of lemon, making this one a great pick to go with your favorite game.

Ingredients:

2 cups strawberries, tops removed and hulled
½ cup granulated sugar                    
2 oz simple syrup
2 oz lemon juice, freshly squeezed
3 oz strawberry syrup
12 oz pale ale (try Leave No Trace Lager, gold medal, 2021 USA Beer Ratings)
Lemon peel for garnish

Make the Strawberry Syrup:

Blend the strawberries in a blender, until smooth.
Strain the blended strawberries over a small saucepan with a fine mesh strainer.
For the syrup, stir sugar into a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Cook, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool completely before using in the cocktail.

Make French Monaco:

Set out two tall cocktail glasses.
Add 1 oz simple syrup and 1 oz lemon juice to each glass. Stir until combined.
Stir in 1 ½ oz strawberry syrup into each glass. Top each glass with 6 oz beer, stirring to combine.

Panaché

Recipe by Simply Recipes

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Panaché, Source: Website, image by Elise Bauer

This beer cocktail is tailor-made for those who like their drink light and refreshing. With exploding citrus nuances and hoppy notes of As Above Sour Below with Tangerine and Key Lime, the Panaché beats the heat in style.

Ingredients:

1 part beer (try As Above Sour Below with Tangerine and Key Lime, gold medal, 2021 USA Beer Ratings)
1 to 3 parts Sprite

Fill a large glass with ice. Pour beer into the glass to the quarter-way to halfway mark, depending on the proportions you prefer. Top up with Sprite.

Demi Peche

Recipe by Liquor

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Demi Peche cocktail, Source: Website, image by Tim Nusog

Infusing sweet flavors of honey, candied apple, and cornbread, Veza-Sur Spanglish Lager makes the Demi Peche cocktail delectable for those with a sweet tooth. Its rich texture and caramel aromas will tickle your taste buds in the right way.

Ingredients:

12 oz lager, chilled (try Veza-Sur Spanglish Lager, gold medal, 2021 USA Beer Ratings)
1 oz demi peche syrup

Make Demi Peche syrup:

Peel, pit and slice 4 ripe peaches and add a pinch of kosher salt. Heat in a saucepan over medium-high heat, allowing the peaches to lightly caramelize. Add 2 cups of refined sugar and 2 cups of water, and stir. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain (preferably through a cheesecloth) and refrigerate. Add the beer and syrup into a pilsner glass. Stir gently and briefly to combine.

Not Quite Picon Bière

Recipe by New York Times

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Picon Bière cocktails with orange wedges, Source: Website, image by Simon Andrews

Found predominantly in bars across France, Picon Bière is an easy-to-make beer cocktail, perfect for the next time you have friends over. The Bo Pils lager attaches rich malt aromas to the tangy drink that finishes with a citrusy herbal kick.

Ingredients:

1 oz amaro, such as China-China Amer, Averna or Amaro Nonino
¼ oz orange liqueur
6 to 8 oz pilsner or lager, chilled (try Bo Pils, gold medal, 2021 USA Beer Ratings)
Orange wedge, for garnish

In a Collins or highball glass, combine the amaro and orange liqueur. Top with chilled beer, stir gently and finish with a citrus wedge.

French Quarter Mule Iced Tea

Recipe by Luzianne

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Cool and refreshing French Quarter Mule Ice Tea, Source: Website

Concocted with the world’s best vodka in Hangar 1 Buddha’s Hand Citron, French Quarter Mule Ice Tea glows with citrus notes of grapefruit, lemon peel, and lime zest. The Bundaberg ginger beer revitalizes hidden peach and mint flavors.

Ingredients:

2 oz Luzianne Ready-to-Drink Peach Tea with Ginger
2 oz vodka (try Hangar 1 Buddha’s Hand Citron, Vodka of the Year, 2021 USA Spirits Ratings)
1 oz fresh lime juice
Crushed ice
2 to 3 oz ginger beer (try Bundaberg)
Peach slices, for garnish
Lemon verbena or mint sprigs, for garnish

Combine tea, vodka, and lime juice in a shaker filled with ice; shake until well chilled. Strain into a mule mug or glass filled with crushed ice. Top with ginger beer, garnish with peach slices and herbs and serve.

Kahlúa French Vanilla Root Beer

Recipe by Kahlúa

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Thick and creamy Kahlúa French Vanilla Root Beer, Source: Website

For those who might be wondering what a root beer float tastes like, the answer is: simply delicious. Dive into a world of fantasy with the Kahlúa French Vanilla Root Beer that is thick, rich, and creamy with luscious vanilla, cane, and coffee bean scents. Tip: Top the float with some toasted marshmallows.

Ingredients:

2 parts Kahlúa French Vanilla
3 parts chilled root beer (A&W Cream Soda)
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
Sweetened condensed milk, optional
Chocolate sprinkles, optional

Mix together Kahlúa French Vanilla and A&W Cream Soda in a mug.
Add one large scoop of vanilla ice cream and stir. For a fun garnish, try dipping the rim of your mug in sweetened condensed milk and then in chocolate sprinkles. Serve with a straw.

Pomegranate Lemonade

Recipe by Pretty Plain Janes

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Pomegranate Lemonade beer cocktail, Source: Website

Pomegranate Lemonade ends on a crisp and refreshing note, thanks to fresh bing cherries, sea salt, and malt vinegar nuances of the Monk's Café Grand Cru. Rejoice in this summer drink by adding all the ingredients and shaking them up, unlike you would do with a Monaco.

Ingredients:

1 oz pomegranate Juice
1 oz lemonade
Ale beer (try Monk's Café Grand Cru, Beer of the Year by Quality, 2021 USA Beer Ratings)

Fill the glass with ice and pour in pomegranate juice and lemonade.
Top with Monk's Café Grand Cru and enjoy!

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