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Our easy homemade Wheat Beer and Whiskey Cocktail is a family favourite during the summer as a boozy brunch cocktail or an afternoon refresher on the cottage dock. The drink is simply refreshing and the perfect cocktail to serve beer loving whiskey enthusiasts.
Our simple and refreshing drink recipe features premium whiskey, fresh orange juice, bitters, wheat beer and an orange slice.
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Homemade Beer and Whiskey Cocktail Recipe
Whenever my family hosts a summer barbecue we often serve this homemade Beer and Whiskey Cocktail. You can easily mix an individual portion in a pint glass, or if you’re serving a crowd, use a large spoon to stir the ingredients together in a punch bowl or jug.
We suggest garnishing the drink with a fresh orange slice but you could also jazz things up to impress your guests with dehydrated orange.
We’ve tested this Beer and Whiskey Cocktail recipe many times and find whiskey offers the best pairing. You can also substitute whiskey for rum, tequila, vodka, or gin if that’s the spirit you prefer.
We suggest using wheat beer in this cocktail recipe, also known as hefeweizen in Germany or witbiers or blanches in Belgium. Wheat beers are our favourite brews to mix with cocktails as they pour a hazy and pale colour and offer a sweetly refreshing flavour with strong citrus notes.
Wheat beers are often served at craft breweries and bars adorned with a fresh orange slice. Our Beer and Whiskey Cocktail recipe rifts on this classic citrus association by adding multiple layers of orange flavour to the drink: wheat beer with orange and spice undertones, freshly squeezed orange juice, orange bitters and an orange slice garnish.
Travel The World to Taste Whiskey
There’s no better way to familiarize yourself with the best Beer and Whiskey Cocktail recipe then by planning a vacation to visit the world’s best whiskey distilleries.
Some of the world’s most famous whiskey/whisky distilleries can be found in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The booming whiskey trend has also produced a high demand for premium whiskey produced by distilleries in Canada and America.
In Scotland we enjoyed a scenic road trip to the Isle of Islay, which is best known for its famous Islay Scotch whisky distilleries. If you’re looking to experience the best things to do on the Isle of Islay visit award-winning distilleries like Bruichladdich, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Bowmore.
Fly over to Ireland and you’ll find plenty of fine whiskey produced by famous distilleries like Jamesons and Bushmills. There’s no better way to educate yourself about Irish Whiskey then by taking a tour of Jameson Distillery near Cork and Bushmills along the Causeway Coast. They’re both worth a day trip from Dublin.
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Types of Whiskey
The wonderful world of whisky can be confusing for newbies as there is a lot more variety compared to vodka and gin.
Whisky is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash or by distilling beer. Various grains are used for different varieties, including barley, corn, rye, and wheat. Whisky is typically aged in wooden casks, generally made of charred white oak.
The best way to familiarize yourself with whiskey and find a new favourite is by sipping as many varieties as you can. You’ll find single malt whiskies, blended whiskies, single pot still whiskey and and everything in between.
Our Beer and Whiskey Cocktail recipe features premium whiskey and the flavour profile of the cocktail can be adjusted to suit your tastes based on whichever bottle you chose. Add a Bourbon to your cocktail shaker and you’ll enjoy a sweeter flavour. Or grab a bottle of Islay Scotch to experience peaty undertones.
- Scotch: is made in Scotland with either malt or grain. The spirit must age in an oak barrel for at least three years. Many of the top Scotch bottles are revered for their peaty character. Popular Scotch brands include Johnnie Walker, Ballantine’s and Ardbeg.
- Irish Whiskey: has a smoother flavor than other types of whiskey. It’s made from a mash of malt, can only be distilled using water and caramel coloring, and must be distilled in wooden casks for at least three years. Popular Irish whiskey brands include Jamesons, Bushmills and Green Spot.
- Bourbon: An American-style whiskey, bourbon is made from corn. In fact, to be called bourbon whiskey, the spirit needs to be made from at least 51% corn, aged in a new oak barrel and produced in America. It has no minimum aging period and needs to be bottled at 80 proof or more. Popular Bourbon brands include Ezra Brooks, Wild Turkey and Maker’s Mark.
- Canadian Whisky: must be barrel-aged for at least three years. It’s lighter and smoother than other types of whiskey because it contains a high percentage of corn. You will find that most Canadian whiskies are made from corn and rye, but can also include wheat and barley. Popular Canadian whisky brands include Canadian Club, JP Wiser’s and Wayne Gretzky Estates.
Best Bartender Tools & Cocktail Equipment
Before hosting a swanky Beer and Whiskey Cocktail soiree you’ll need to ensure you have the best bartender tools and cocktail equipment.
- Cocktail Kit: cocktail kits are the perfect gift for newbie mixology fans as they include basic bartender tools like a jigger, shaker and spoon.
- Cocktail Shaker: a bartenders best friend. Purchase a premium cocktail shaker to muddle or shake up your favourite pink gin cocktails.
- Cocktail Glassware: make sure your bar is stocked with a selection of unique glassware to show off your favourite cocktail creations.
- Hawthorne Strainer: this unique strainer features tightly wound coils and perforated holes. It keeps ice and other large ingredients like lime wedges in your cocktail shaker rather than in the glass.
- Bar Spoons: slender and long bar spoons are a must-have when stirring drinks.
- Bottle Opener: easily open bottles of beer or cider with the flick of your wrist or purchase a corkscrew for fine wine.
- Pouring Spout: once you’ve opened a new bottle of gin insert these affordable pourers to make cocktail assembly a breeze.
- Cutting Board: purchase a petite cutting board for your bar to slice garnishes or citrus wedges like lime, orange, lemon or grapefruit.
- Ice Bucket: chill bottles of gin quickly in an ice bucket or keep by the bar when muddling gin mixers into cool creations.
- Ice Crusher: fans of the Mint Julep love an ice crusher.
- Ice Cube Kit: we suggest purchasing a selection of ice cube trays. Silicone styles are our favourite as they’re easy to clean and are available in various shapes and sizes.
- Jigger: use a jigger to accurately measure spirits, juices, syrups and shrubs.
- Juicer: invest in an electronic juicer or buy an affordable hand-held to easily juice fresh citrus like lemons and limes.
- Muddler: fans of the Mojito love a sturdy muddler to mix mint and lime. Muddler’s are handy for any cocktail featuring ingredients that need a pounding like fresh herbs or citrus wedges.
- Citrus Peeler & Zester: adorn your craft cocktails with a thick citrus peel or finer ribbons of lime or lemon zest.
- Rimmer: Bloody Mary and Caesar lovers should outfit their bar with a handy rimmer for salting and sugaring glassware.
Beer and Whiskey Cocktail Ingredients
Our easy Beer and Whiskey Cocktail recipe is made with the best fresh ingredients:
- Whiskey: we tested this recipe with Ezra Brooks Bourbon, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and Tomatin Scotch.
- Wheat Beer: we tested this recipe with German Weißbier brands such as Weihenstephaner, Erdinger and Hacker Pschorr. Feel free to support local hefeweizen products produced your favourite local craft breweries as well.
- Orange Juice: we suggest using freshly squeezed orange just but you can also purchase quality orange juice via Tropicana or Ocean Spray.
- Bitters: we like to add an additional layer of citrus flavour to this cocktail by using Dillon’s Orange Bitters. You can also use Ginger Bitters or Angostura Bitters.
- Garnish: adorn the glass with a fresh orange slice or dehydrated orange.
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Beer and Whiskey Cocktail Tips
This Beer and Whiskey Cocktail is easy to make at home, ready to serve in under 5 minutes.
The recipe serves 1 person. If you’re hosting a large gathering feel free to multiply the ingredients by the number of guests and muddle the drink in a punch bowl or jug rather than a cocktail shaker.
We suggest serving this cocktail in a beer pint glass but you could also use a Rocks glass or Collins glass.
Wheat Beer thanks to its unique citrus flavour characteristics is the best craft beer to pair with orange juice. If you don’t like or have access to wheat beer feel free to substitue for a refreshing pilsner or hoppy IPA.
We like to garnish the glass with a fresh orange slice but you could also use dehydrated orange.
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How To Make The Best Beer and Whiskey Cocktail
Beer and Whiskey Cocktail
- Pint Glass
- Shot Glass
- Citrus Juicer
- Cocktail Shaker
- 1.5 oz Whiskey
- 1 oz Orange Juice
- 2 dashes Orange Bitters
- 1 bottle Hefeweizen Wheat Beer
- Orange Slice garnish
- Add whiskey, orange juice and orange bitters to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds.
- Pour into pint glass and top with wheat beer.
- Garnish with orange slice.
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