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Golden Ale Beer Cocktail

Golden Ale Beer Cocktail

Of all of the ways I’ve abused and manipulated a pint of beer on this blog, the only  means that have proved controversial have been those that involve mixing beer with other alochol. Like it or not, beer mixology is a growing trend. While purist maintain that the only appropriate thing to mix beer with is a cold glass, the phenomenon is catching on.  More often than not, trendy, hip, well groomed drinking establishments are adding craft beer to their cocktail shakers.

It’s not about manipulating the beer, it’s about improving the cocktial. Because even when I feel the urge for a highball full of ice, rimmed with salt, I may still be craving those flavors of craft beer. I may not want to choose, I might just want both. And you can’t stop me.

I don’t often stray from my love of good beer, but when I do you better not hand me something fruity with an umbrella straw. I want something smokey, or sour, or spicy. I want something savory, you can hand those sugary drinks to the frat boys at the end of the bar. When I got my hands on a copy of Savory Cocktails, I was instantly hook. This isn’t just a book about booze, it’s a love letter to the cocktail. It’s full of thoughtful, imaginative, innovative recipes that are made for those who love the art of a well crafted cocktail. It even contains a few beer mixology cocktails, like the beautifully well balanced Golden Ale which is by far the best beer cocktail I’ve ever made.

Even if you can’t stomach the idea of mixing your beer with anything but your mouth, I’d venture a guess that you’d enjoy this cocktail more than is comfortable for your beer purist ways.

Golden Ale Beer Cocktail

Golden Ale Beer Cocktail

Recipe from Savory Cocktails by Greg Henry


  • 1 lemon wedge
  • smoked sea salt
  • 1 scant barspoon hot sauce
  • 2 pony shots 2 fl oz vodka
  • 1/2 pony shot 1/2 fl oz Elderflour liqueur (such as St. Germain)
  • 1/2 fl oz lime juice or yuzu
  • 1/2 fl oz lemon juice
  • 1 tbs honey simple syrup honey and very warm water, 1:1 ratio, stir
  • 4-6 tbs 2-3 fl oz Belgian style golden ale beer


  • Use the lemon wedge to lightly moisten the rim of a highball glass.
  • Pour the salt onto a small saucer, spreading in a thin layer.
  • Press the rim into the salt, cookie cutter style, twisting back and fourth to coat the rim with salt.
  • Fill glass with ice cubes.
  • Into a cocktail shaker filled 2/3 full with ice, add hot sauce, vodka, elderflour liqueur, lime juice (or yuzu), lemon juice, and honey syrup
  • Cover and shake.
  • Strain into prepared glass, stir in the Belgian Ale.

Recipe from Savory Cocktails by Greg Henry, which makes the perfect Hostess Gift. By the way. Just a thought.

Golden Ale Beer Cocktail


I received a copy of Savory Cocktails from Ulysses Press.
I was not financially compensated in any way.
All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Rachel August 29, 2013 um 4:58 am

I’m sorry – I’ve read this six times and.. Am I missing where the beer comes into this recipe? 🙂


Jackie August 29, 2013 um 7:47 am

You pour it in the glass at the end. 🙂


Tieghan August 29, 2013 um 5:04 am

Ok, I had no idea you ever mixed beer with other drinks! Probably because I do not know the first thing about drinks and only use alcohol for cooking and baking, but it is always fun to learn! Even though I am not a drinker the flavors of this sounds really awesome and I love the kick of hot sauce!


Ashley – Baker by Nature August 29, 2013 um 8:38 am

Me… you… these cocktails… it NEEDS to happen ASAP!


Aimee / Wallflower Girl August 29, 2013 um 8:46 am

Elderflower and beer? Wow, yum! I love the name "beeroness" by the way. It made me so happy when I came across your blog 🙂


Valerie August 29, 2013 um 9:38 am

I love the idea of shaking up my beer – so far I’ve only made it to a shandy. This sounds brilliant!


Kaitlyn August 29, 2013 um 2:19 pm

I am obsessing over beer cocktails lately, and elderflour liqueur is another favorite. This sounds like a match made in heaven. Other beer cocktails I’m loving: Pimms cup mixed with ginger beer, a moscow mule with ginger beer, and an "Oatmeal cookie" with St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, molasses, Port and Goldschlager. Mmmmmm.


sippitysup August 30, 2013 um 8:36 am

I’m so glad yo approve of this my Beeroness! XOGREG


addie | culicurious August 31, 2013 um 6:18 am

Very interesting recipe. I like the combo of all these things 🙂


Heidi September 5, 2013 um 1:44 pm

I’ve always been a fan of mixing beer with booze for a little extra buzz. Or is that fizz? Either way, love the elderflour add, I need to try some.


samantha October 10, 2013 um 8:27 am

Do you remember which beer you chose for this cocktail?


Lauren Grant | Zestful Kitchen June 19, 2018 um 8:03 am

This drink sounds amazing! Will definitely be whipping this up for a tailgate come fall.


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