Monday, May 21, 2012

Beer Cocktails from Miller and Corona

Recently, my friends at Miller told me about a new trend in beer: beer cocktails. Since I've already used beer in cooking, I was more than willing to give beer in cocktails a try, and I'm so glad I did!

The beer arrived just in time for the Victoria Day long weekend and we tried out the cocktails at a small family barbecue. My mother-in-law had also recently heard of beer being used in cocktails and was excited to give them a try herself.

We tried the margarita first, after finishing a big load of yard work. I changed the recipe slightly from the original (for lack of ingredients), and the substitutions worked really well. It had a nice kick with the habanero sauce. Meredith was super-impressed, as I've never really mixed my own drinks before. She joked that when I was in university, I used my blender for cooking, while she used hers for mixing drinks.

We'll definitely be making these again for friends. Both drinks were hits and I'll be sure to pass the recipes on to friends.

Note about the simple syrup used in both recipes: you can make your own simple syrup by bringing one part water and two parts sugar to a boil. Remember to let it cool before adding it to your drink.

Coastal Surf Margarita

1 cup ice
1 oz tequila
1 oz lime juice
1 oz orange juice
1 oz simple syrup
splash habanero sauce
3 oz Corona Extra

  1. Combine ice, tequila, lime juice, orange juice, syrup and habanero sauce in a blender until mixture is slushy.
  2. Transfer to a glass and stir in beer.

The mojito was second - I mixed them up before I started up the barbecue. I ended up using a little more syrup than the original recipe, but that's just my preference. It also turned out much better than anticipated, and I'm quite happy about it.
Thanks so much, Miller and Corona

The mojito was the drink my mother-in-law was excited about trying and it met her approval as well (without the extra syrup).

Mojito Chill

1 lime, cut into eight wedges
24 mint leaves
2 oz simple syrup
1 bottle Miller Chill

  1. Divide lime, mint and syrup between two highball glasses.
  2. Muddle and fill glass with ice.
  3. Top with Miller Chill.

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  1. Dan/Meredith ... You have been nominated for my NEW Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling. Check out my site for the details (foodstoriesblog dot com).

  2. HI Dan,
    This is a first for me : making a beer mojito!
    Well , it looks great and we love mojitos. Have to give this a try in the summer!

  3. These drinks look so refreshing. The beer in these cocktails sounds like a good idea.


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