Prost! Crafting Cocktails with Beer

Move over martinis, hoptails have arrived.

Also called beertails, cocktails crafted with beer are one of the hottest trends of the year. Whether you’re looking for a classic cocktail, a punch for a party, or an original concoction, there’s a beer-crafted cocktail recipe that’s perfect for every occasion.

Beer has a deep-rooted history in ancient cultures in Egypt, China, India, and Peru where they have crafted beer for centuries. However, the bubbly brew isn’t usually thought of as the go-to alcohol base for mixed drinks — until now. With its complex flavor notes, brilliant carbonation, and myriad sophisticated variations, beer is the perfect ingredient to intrigue today’s flavor forward cocktail cognoscenti.

In celebration of Oktoberfest, try some experimenting to see what hoptails you can come up with. To begin, you must familiarize yourself with the layers of flavors within various beers and cocktails. There’s only one way to do this and that’s by tasting them (my favorite kind of research). Next, combine a few ingredients that you intuitively feel will complement each other. Ideally the effervescence of the beer should detonate the qualities of the cocktail, creating an explosion of flavor. Taste, tweak, and perfect your unique blend. Don’t forget to also consider the amount of each ingredient and how it affects your end result.

To get your creativity flowing, try my award-winning Bloody Mary recipe from the Hoptails Mixology Competition at this year’s Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America’s Convention in Las Vegas.