Cranberry Beermosas are beer cocktails with a winter twist. Use your favorite non-hoppy beer to customize to your tastes. This is a great cocktail for the holiday season!
December is here! And my favorite experiment continues!
Yes, I have returned to, as one person so kindly put it, “ruin perfectly good beer.” You can thank me later.
For autumn, you may recall, I made apple beermosas. They are my FAVORITE cocktail, period. Before that, it was strawberry beermosas (for spring) and peach beermosas (for summer). The latter was posted to Growing Up Gabel, just in case you’re wondering why you never saw them. 😛
“But what about beermosas?” I thought. “I haven’t had them in a while. I need a winter version.” And so cranberry beermosas were born.
You’re welcome. 😀
As usual, I’ve gone the easy route. No purees this time around.
- 1 bottle Simply Cranberry
- 5-6 bottles Belgium White (I use Shock Top, since it has notes of citrus and coriander)
Step 01: Pour the cranberry juice into a 2 gallon pitcher.
Step 02: Slowly add each bottle of beer to the pitcher. Give it a quick stir to blend. Serve cold.
I used 5 bottles because it was all that would fit. Honestly, I also prefer how it tastes this way. If you want, you can add the 6th bottle…but, honestly, I recommend just drinking it.
I was very tempted to dry a different beer. Leinenkugel (that will take you to their website, by the way) has a winter port out right now that looked pretty good, but it’s also a darker, heavier beer. Beermosas are best with light-tasting beers. They do apparently sell a Cranberry Ginger Shandy that probably would have been perfect, but I’ve only seen it on their website. Ah well.
If you’re worried about this being bitter, that will all depend on the type of cranberry juice you use. I used Simply Cranberry because it’s a juice cocktail and not 100% cranberry juice. Actually, I think it’s mostly grape juice. Zach thought it would still be bitter, but was pleasantly surprised by how palatable it was (high praise from someone who hates cranberry juice). He also said the flavors mixed well with the beer.
Considering how much this makes, it would be great for, say, a New Year’s Eve party.
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