Beers are glorious. They’re made as a simple beverage to be consumed on their own and it’s a rare occasion that you do anything but drink them down. But there is the odd occasion when you need a little more flavour in your life.
Mixing with beers is nothing new in other parts of the world, but it’s a bit of revelation here. So we’re going to take a look at ways to make your simple lager can a little more jazzy.
The Canadians are on the forefront of the weirdness when it comes to mixing beer. Reportedly, a way for shift workers and truck drivers to skirt laws regarding drinking before midday, they would mix Clamato juice with beer to bring the alcohol volume down. The clammy, tomato mixture is an acquired taste and we wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re Canadian or curious. There is however, a tasty Mexican version that you might find more appealing.
40ml Tomato Juice
15ml Lemon Juice
5 Dashes Tabasco
Pinch Salt & Pepper
Rim a glass with salt
Top with Mexican Lager
Once, somewhere in London, for a joke a bartender created the Lagerita. It’s a combination of the Margarita and a lager beer. While it started as a joke, it’s legitimately tasty and leaves you with a tasty surprise at the end.
25ml Lime Juice
20ml Agave Syrup
Shake Ingredients and strain into a large glass over ice.
Crack a tinnie and top with beer.
As you drink, add a little more beer to your Lagerita. Leave about ¼ at the end to wash it all down before you start again.
An extension of the joke bought about by the Lagerita, the Lagerinha riffs on the classic Caipirinha. Known to many in its vodka version as the Caipirioska, it was the biggest selling cocktail in the country for a long time. Using the traditional Brazilian based spirit of Cachaca gives this drink the aroma of burning can fields and much greater depth of richness.
25ml Lime Juice
Add crushed ice and churn vigorously.
Top with a nice hoppy Indian Pale Ale as you go.
If you can’t handle the flavour bomb, opt for your favourite lager in a can.