7 Delicious Twists on Your Favorite Brews

Spice up happy hour with these unusual but oh-so-tasty beer cocktails.

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Even though a cold brew is enjoyable on its own, we think combining it with flavorful ingredients makes it that much more refreshing. Make one or all of our favorite beer concoctions below to keep you satisfied well into the dog days of summer.

The Michelada

The Michelada Cocktail

The Michelada Cocktail

Mexican beer joins with spicy sidekicks for a drink that's easy to make and a perfect complement to guacamole dip and nachos.

Nothing pairs better with guacamole and chips than beer combined with spicy ingredients.

Hop, Skip and Go Naked Punch

Naked Punch Cocktail

Naked Punch Cocktail

This beer punch will make your party guests cheer.

Photo by: STEPHEN MURELLO

STEPHEN MURELLO

If a summer shandy is your go-to beer, you'll love this citrus-flavored beer cocktail.

Ginger Beer Cocktail

Ginger Bell Cocktail

Ginger Bell Cocktail

Celebrate ginger two ways with this zippy bourbon cocktail that is bold, crisp and perfect for ringing in the seasonal festivities all winter long. [Get the recipe>>](http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/ginger-bell-cocktail?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host)

Ginger takes center stage in this cocktail with ingredients like ginger beer and freshly-sliced ginger.

Summer Hoedown Cocktail

Fresh watermelon juice takes this beer cocktail up a few notches on the refreshing scale.

Beer Popsicle

A cold beer on a hot day.

A cold beer on a hot day.

A cold beer on a hot day.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Mick Telkamp

Image courtesy of Mick Telkamp

Okay, so this isn't technically a cocktail, but this grown-up version of your favorite summer treat is more than satisfying. You can make these with any beer, but use dark beer for a creamier texture.

Make It: Frozen Beer Treat

"Texas Twister" Cocktail

Frozen Texas Twister Cocktail

Frozen Texas Twister Cocktail

Garnish a Frozen Texas Twister cocktail with lime and serve for a fun fiesta treat.

This is the cocktail for all the margarita lovers out there — just add a splash of your favorite beer.

Irish Ginger Beer

Whiskey and Ginger Beer Cocktail in Highball Glass

Whiskey and Ginger Beer Cocktail in Highball Glass

To make this delicious cocktail, pour 1 1/2 ounces Irish Whiskey over ice and top with alcoholic ginger beer. Stir and enjoy.

Photo by: Image Courtesy of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer

With just two ingredients, you can whip this up last minute. Pour 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey over ice, and top it off with alcoholic ginger beer. Give it a stir and enjoy.

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