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Want to mix your beer into something special? Try these great beer cocktails with something for everyone, from the chelada to the shandy.

Beer margarita

Beer isn’t just for drinking straight up: you can also mix it into drinks of all kinds! Sure, you might first think of wine cocktails when it comes to mixed drinks, like sangria or spritzer. But there are lots of classic beer mixed drinks that are just as tasty and refreshing…if not more!

Here are our top beer cocktails to try! There’s classic Mexican cocktails like the Chelada and Michelada, known as a cervesa preparada in Spanish. Then there’s the traditional British shandy, ideal for summer sipping (and a few American-style variations). Ready to get mixing?

And now…the top beer cocktails to try!

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Beer margarita

8 Beer Cocktails

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Want to mix your beer into something special? Try these great beer cocktails with something for everyone, from the chelada to the shandy. 


  • 12 ounce Mexican lager beer
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice)
  • For the rim: 1 tablespoon each fine sea salt and Old Bay (or tajin)


  1. On a plate, mix the Old Bay and salt and spread it into an even layer. Cut a notch in a lime wedge, then run the lime around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of salt.
  2. Add the lime juice and pinch of salt to the beer glass. Fill the glass with ice and pour in the beer. Stir gently and serve. 
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Beer cocktails

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. Good afternoon

    Thank for the above detail on Shandy’s.

    However, I am looking for something closer to home.

    I am 63 years old man living in Zambia Africa. I like my Heineken, but I have off late been mixing it with plain water and it does not taste great.

    What other common soft drink or juice can use instead.

    Kind regards