Every party has two kinds of guests: The beer drinkers and the cocktail lovers. And it’s easy enough to stock the bar for both—but you can cut back on your prep work and still make everyone happy by serving these inventive beer cocktails. From Mexican cerveza mixed with chile-infused tequila to a simple Coors and soda, these seven drinks are guaranteed to please everyone—so the only thing left to argue about will be the ref’s calls.


REFRESHER GIMLET
For a light and invigorating cocktail, Kelly Legan of The Patio Restaurant Group recommends a Refresher Gimlet: muddled cucumber wheels, a pinch of brown sugar, a squeeze of lime juice, and a healthy dose of Hendricks gin topped off with a local San Diego brew like Ballast Point Longfin Lager or a Warsteiner Pilsner.


TRIFECTA
On a hot day—or for a little taste of summer in the middle of football season—try the Trifecta (which Legan named for its triple-threat combination of sweet, bitter, and slushy). First, blend fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and Campari until icy. Spoon a healthy portion into a rocks glass and top it with a dose of bourbon, followed by an Alesmith Nut Brown topper.


BACK PORCH BEER COCKTAIL
Often thought of as solely a garnish, the California Ripe olive takes center stage in this unique and tasty drink the brand put together. By fusing the flavors of beer, tequila, olive brine (yes, olive brine!) and pico de gallo, this cocktail spices up any holiday party or game day.

  • 1½ oz. tequila
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • ¼ oz. California Ripe Olive brine
  • ¼ oz. homemade sweet ‘n’ sour mix
  • Pinch of prepared pico de gallo
  • 5 ounces Mexican beer
  • 1 lime wedge (garnish)
  • 1 California Ripe olive (garnish)

In a shaker filled with ice, combine the tequila, lime juice, olive brine, sweet ‘n’ sour mix and pico de gallo. Shake for several seconds until well mixed. Strain into a chilled glass and add beer. Garnish with a lime wedge and one olive.


WEST TEXAS SHANDY
Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile in Austin serves a unique, simple, and delicious drink called the West Texas Shandy, which is equal parts Coors (yes, original Coors) and Big Red Soda. It’s incredibly popular during warmer months, but also great to warm you up inside when you’re cold on the outside! To make it, fill a chilled beer mug 3/4 of the way with Coors Light. Finish the remaining 1/4 with Big Red Soda. Bonus: Drink on a ranch while you watch your family catch fish.


MYSTERIUM SHANDY
Created by Mix It Up Cocktails for DuClaw Brewing Company in Baltimore, MD, this spin on the classic shandy—a drink that mixes beer with a soft drink or fresh juice—is little more flavorful (and may be a little more likely to make you tipsy).

  • 1½ oz. Van Gogh Gin
  • 1 oz. Elderflower liqueur
  • 1½ oz. fresh grapefruit choice
  • 3 oz. Belgian Spiced Ale
  • ½ oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice

Serve over ice in a pint glass.


SPIKED HAWAIIAN
Mexican beer and tequila seem like one of those matches made in cocktail heaven, and this recipe from Indio Beer, which mixes cerveza with chil-infused tequila, is proof that some drinks are meant to go together.

  • 1 oz. Morita chili-infused tequila (To Infuse the tequila, add a cup of Morita chilies to a measuring jug, pour 1 liter of Reposado tequila over the chilies, and leave for 90 minutes.)
  • ½ oz. celery juice (blend celery stems to create a pulp)
  • ¾ oz. pineapple juice

Combine tequila, celery juice and pineapple in a cocktail shaker with cubed ice. Shake hard and strain into a highball glass. Top with Indio beer and stir to combine. Garnish with a pineapple flag dipped in crushed red chilies.


BOURBON GINGER BREW
This beer cocktail recipe from entertaining and mixology expert Mark Addison will put an elegant edge on your holiday party (or tailgate!). Start by pouring 2 ounces of bourbon into a highball glass. Fill the rest of the glass with ginger beer (leaving room for ice), stir, and add ice. Garnish with a slice of lemon.


HELPFUL ACCESSORIES

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1. Pearl Place highball glasses, $50, Kate Spade
2. Safari Drink Stirrers, $22, Food52
3. Lex cocktail glass, $10, Crate & Barrel
4. Copper pint glass, $20, Sur La Table


ALY WALANSKY is a Brooklyn-based travel and food writer. She always appreciates an athletic man rocking his uniform.