Beer Cocktails for Memorial Day

Way bettter than regular beer you guys
A shandy cocktail made with beer and lemonade

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer (you sticklers will know that the actual start of summer is June 21). That means it’s time to start grilling and having a few cold ones while you do. But while you could have a regular old beer, you should feel free to gussy yours up a bit this Memorial Day. Beer cocktails are super easy to make and hugely underrated as a day drinking option. Here are some of the simplest and most refreshing beer cocktails to enjoy during your Memorial Day cookout or any time drinking on a sunny afternoon is called for.


What can make a frozen Margarita even better? A bottle of beer. That’s what.


2 oz. tequila
1 oz. lime juice
.75 oz. Cointreau
1 Bottle of Mexican beer


Add tequila, lime juice, Cointreau and ice to a blender and blend.
Pour frozen margarita into a glass.
Tip the entire beer bottle into the glass and enjoy.


A tangy, spicy mix of beer, citrus and tomato. Think of it like a bloody Mary, but so much more refreshing.


1 bottle of lager beer
.5 oz lime juice
.5 oz tomato juice
Hot sauce to taste
Maggi seasoning to taste (optional)


Stir all ingredients besides beer into a pint glass with ice.
Pour the beer on top, drink and go “ahhh.”



Essentially just a beer lemonade, shandys are probably the simplest and most classic beer cocktails. Some breweries even premake them for you in case mixing beer and lemonade in a glass is too much work on a holiday weekend.


Light lager


Fill a pint glass halfway with the lager
Fill it the rest of the way with lemonade.
That’s it!



The shandy’s tarter cousin, a radler uses grapefruit soda in place of lemonade.


Light lager
Grapefruit soda (Grab a Jarritos if you can, but Fresca will work in a pinch)


Fill a pint glass halfway with the lager.
Fill it the rest of the way with grapefruit soda.