5 Beer Cocktails Perfect For Tailgating Season

Confession: I’m a fake football-lover. Even though I go to a school that rallies hard for our football team, I go to the games for two reasons–food and drinks. Sure, I wear the jersey and do the school chant, but right before kick off I go home to take a nap and prepare for a big night out. Like I said, I’m in it for the food and drink pre-game.

This year I’m looking to mix it up at my tailgates and impress everyone with my barista abilities.  It’s time to stray away from my lame, cheap beer, (looking at you, Natty Light), and present these wonderful beer cocktails–a tasty twist on a boring brew. 


el ayudacal


  • 1 bottle of light Mexican beer  (Pacifico, Dos Equis, Corona)
  • 1½ oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. agave nectar
  • *optional- garnish with a lime wheel.

Combine lime juice and agave nectar.  Add beer, stir gently.  Garnish with a lime wheel.


  • Snakebite
  • 1/2 beer (any type of beer, but a darker stout works best)
  • 1/2 hard cider
  • *optional- add blackcurrant syrup

Pour cider first, followed by beer. Blackcurrant comes last.


  • lemonade beer
  • 2½ cups vodka
  • 1 (quart size) packet pink lemonade Crystal Light
  • 2 cans diet cherry 7UP
  • 1 can light beer
  • Ice

Pour vodka and Crystal light into a larger pitcher and stir. Fill half the pitcher with ice.  Pour the remaining ingredient into the pitcher and stir.  Serve cold.

Black & Tan

  • black and tan
  • Light beer (pale ale)
  • Guinness

Fill half the glass with a pale ale. Slowly pour the Guinness over the back of a teaspoon, which should be just above the beer, to make it float over the pale ale. As your pour the Guinness, slowly raise the spoon until the glass is full.


  • adult cream soda
  • 6 oz ginger liqueur
  • 6 oz vanilla liqueur
  • 12 oz club soda
  • 3 cans Guinness

Combine both liqueurs and club soda. Fill glass halfway with this mixture, and, using a similar method to the black & tan, slowly pour Guinness over a spoon on top of the mixture.  Stir very gently.  

There we have it ladies–my favorite way to enjoy football season! With these beer cocktails, even the most avid football haters will be lining up to crash your tailgate.

Featured Image via Spoon Fork Bacon

Colleen Lyons

Editorial Contributor, James Madison University Major: Public Relations Her heart belongs to: Iced coffee, driving barefoot, exploring new places, Ed Sheeran, & the amazing people in my life Her guilty pleasures: Boy bands, '90s sitcoms, and pretending I'm a good dancer

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