Start the Summer Off Right With New, Exciting Drinks for Your Bar

Are you looking for a simple way to spice things up in your bar? Then add these two summer drink necessities to your menu: the beer cocktail and the infused vodka cocktail.

Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary with a Beer Cocktail

The beer cocktail, also known as the beertail, offers an interesting mix of complex flavors that titillate the senses. “With a little bit of beer knowledge you can learn to group beers by their flavor characteristics,” says Matt Brynildson, Brew Master at Firestone Walker Brewing Co., in Paso Robles, California.

The flavor characteristics of beer fall under one of three designations; ‘sour’, ‘sweet’, or ‘bitter.’ If you look at them as separate components and blend them with those categories in mind, you can create a variety of delicious beertails. For example:

  • Beer blends: Two or more different beers are blended together
  • Beer plus another element: Add spirits, fruits, or a combination of the two to a beer
  • Beer as a flavoring ingredient in a traditionally styled cocktail

Here are a few beertail recipes:

Black Velvet

What You Need:

  • Guinness Beer
  • Champagne (or sparkling wine)

What to Do:

Fill a tall glass halfway with beer. Pouring over a spoon into the glass, fill to the top with champagne (or sparkling wine).

Strawberrry Beer Lemonade 

What You Need:

  • 1 large 6oz bottle of beer (any Blond Ale or an American Pale Ale with notes of citrus)
  • 2 cups of strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries (about 5 strawberries)*
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

What to Do:

Add the berries, sugar, and lemon juice to a pitcher. Let the ingredients stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes to allow the sugar to dissolve. Add the beer and frozen strawberries. Stir to combine.

*Frozen strawberries are used in place of ice so that the drink does not become watered down.


Vodka Infused Recipes Are Simple, Easy, and Delicious

Another great addition for your summer drink menu is the vodka infused cocktail. This is a very refreshing cocktail that your customers will love. To help you get started, here are a couple of recipes to inspire you:

Pineapple and Lime Infused Vodka

What You Need:

  • 4 cups Vodka
  • 1 1/2 cups Pineapple, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup Lime Slices

What to Do:

Combine the ingredients in an air tight container. Seal the container tightly and refrigerate for at least three days, but not more than a week. Remove the lime and pineapple pieces and serve over ice with sparkling water.

Jalapeno Infused Vodka

What You Need:

  • 4 cups Vodka
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, sliced

What to Do:

Combine the ingredients in an air tight container. Seal the container tightly and refrigerate for at least three days, but not more than a week. Remove the jalapeno peppers and serve over ice with mango juice.

2 replies
  1. Michelle Meade
    Michelle Meade says:


    Love your show.. I own a women’s accessory business and would love to have some ladies over to show some of my products. Living in GA this time of year the weather hasn’t been so nice … As a matter of fact around lunch time sitting outside is out of the question due to the heat. I would love to make a fun cocktail that would go along with my theme .. I will probably be serving cheese and crackers and a few light apps.. Any suggestions?

    Michelle Meade

    • Jon Taffer
      Jon Taffer says:

      Hi Michelle!

      Sorry for the delayed response, but I hope your event turned out well. One of my favorite summer drink recipes is the Pink Pigeon, which is made with the following:

      Don Julio Blanco Tequila
      Lime Juice
      Fresh Grapefruit
      Agave Syrup
      Rhubarb Bitters


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