Anyone for a beer cocktail?!?

Luscious beer cocktails with Marston's beers

Time has been running away with me. Chiefly because I’m getting married soon. But  – in true Beer Beauty style –  I’ve been trying to do too much stuff before The Big Day! One of the brilliant things I just had to tell you about was a crazy session in a bar with Rachel (from the Banks’ Brewery brand team) and Kim (Marston’s PR firm, Vital). They recently asked me to host a fun (when are they not?!?) Beer Beauty party for their female staff.

No sooner did I suggest throwing in some beer cocktails than – HEY PRESTO  – a week later Rachel, Kim and I had commandeered a corner of  Bluu Bar, and surrounded ourselves with lots of Marston’s beers and all sorts of cocktail-making paraphernalia!

I hold my hands up, I’m not an expert mixer. But I threw caution to the wind and said to myself, ‘What could possibly go wrong?’  Whisky, cherry brandy, vanilla vodka, dark rum, white rum were all involved (not in the same glass!) as well as some fruit! And BOY was it fun! I made some good ones, and some downright dreadful ones. And – with Rachel and Kim as Chief Tasters – we spent well over an hour having a blast. My jeans were covered in spillages of spirits and beer as I haven’t quite mastered the art of the master bartenders steady pouring hands! The results were truly delicious and I hope they might help people realise how much fun beer CAN be!

In the end we used three very different beers and conjured up these amazing delights (pictured below L to R): The Spice of Life  (Marston’s Pedigree), The Burton Bassett (Wychwood’s Ginger Beard),  Trixie Firecracker (also made with Ginger Beard), Marston’s Mojito (made with Marston’s EPA)


Luscious beer cocktails with Marston's beers


We also rustled up a little sexy, super-fortified something with the dark brown fiend that is Marston’s Oyster Stout (not pictured) and – as you might guess – the result makes an ideal nightcap.

Needless to say they all taste knock-out (in every sense of the word) and they were all made with copious amounts of beer. Not just paying lip service to the phrase ‘beer cocktails’.  I’ll let you know how they go down at the party when it happens in early December 😉



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