Sip on This crisp, bright, and refreshing beer cocktail hails from Mexico. Vodka, rum, grenadine and fresh lime juice combine with sparkling light beer to create a pretty and delicious tipsy drink.
My friend Chef Katsuji Tanabe shared this Mexican beer cocktail recipe with me years ago. While beer doesn’t usually come to mind when crafting cocktails, it seems perfectly fitting here. The sparkling hops add depth to an otherwise sweet libation.
Katsuji learned this recipe from his grandfather in Mexico. His family calls it “The Bull.” It’s a flavor combination I have never encountered elsewhere. The combination of beer, vodka, rum, and grenadine packs a punch.
Serve this beer cocktail over ice, well chilled– it’s just perfect for warmer weather. The bright pink color is so vibrant and lovely. Unquestionably it’s a very cheerful sort of beverage!
When I met Chef Katsuji he was chef at a kosher restaurant here in Los Angeles. The dairy kosher menu featured this beer cocktail, along with many other drinks. As a matter of fact, this cocktail would be fitting for a Purim celebration because it can easily be made with kosher-certified drinks.
So go ahead. Take a sip and imagine yourself on a warm beach in Mexico. A special thank you to Chef Katsuji Tanabe for sharing this tasty family recipe with us!
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Beer Cocktail with Vodka, Rum and Grenadine
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 ounce light rum
- 1 1/2 ounces grenadine
- 6-8 ice cubes
- 1/2 bottle light beer
- Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and stir with a long spoon (don’t shake). Taste and add more grenadine for sweetness, if desired. Place 6-8 ice cubes into a highball glass. Pour the cocktail slowly into the highball glass. Serve.