Many a mixologist has discovered the versatility of beer as a mixer by enhancing different styles of beer with spices, condiments, fruits and other liquors. The well-known shandy—also known as a radler—mixes equal parts lager and lemonade, which tones down the alcohol and allows for the intake of more thirst-quenching coolant in the hotter seasons. Or the black and tan mixes two beers, literally layering a pale ale on top of a dark stout. Or use that dark stout with equal parts cola to rev up the fizz. Called a Trojan Horse, the cola lies unseen inside the dark stout and hits the drinker with a jolt of sweet amid the harsher brew. But if you’re looking for more complex flavorings of beer cocktails, try a few of these for your next tailgate or backyard barbecue.
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