Cocktails are a great alternative to champagne on New Year’s, so why not take it a step further and mix up your favorite beer into a great new beverage? Here, we’ll give you some winter-flavored cocktails that are worth celebrating with.
A great option for New Year’s Day. Mix 2 parts Goose Island Sofie with 1 part orange juice for a neat twist on a brunch classic. Being white wine barrel-aged, it will impart enough flavor to conjure a somewhat champagne-like flavor, but the saison brew itself will make for a more complex drink.
Add 1 ounce good aged rum, 1 ounce ginger liqueur (like Domaine de Canton French Ginger) and 1 whole egg to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 30 seconds, add about an ounce of Wyndridge Farm Barn Dog Imperial Porter, half an ounce of hot water, and strain/stir into a mug.
For a single drink: pour 12 ounces of Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar into a saucepan and add a pinch of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and a few whole cloves. Heat on low to medium low heat until the foam that arises subsides–do not allow to boil. Add honey to taste, 2 ounces cognac, and garnish with a slice or wheel of orange.
And now for some refreshing mixes:
Black & Tan
This traditional beer-and-beer cocktail is an easy standard to go to. For the best flavor, try Victory Headwaters and Long Trail Unearthed.
This take on the French 75 uses an IPA rather than champagne for a more complex flavor. Pour 6 ounces of New Belgium Citradelic into a collins glass, then combine 2 ounces bourbon, 3/4 ounce lemon juice, and 1/2 ounce simple syrup with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain over beer, garnish with lemon twist.
Cranberry Moscow Mule
Fill mug with ice, then pour 2 ounces sweetened cranberry juice, juice from half a lime, 2 ounces vodka, 4 ounces Crabbie’s Original Ginger Beer over said ice. Stir, and garnish with lime wedge and cranberries.