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Brunch is easily the best part of the weekend. It’s the perfect time to catch up with friends and makes an easy excuse for day drinking. This weekend, you could stick with the classic brunch cocktails (the Bloody Mary, the Mimosa, the Bellini) to pair with your pancakes and eggs benedict or if you’re in the mood to switch things up, give one of these beer based cocktails a try. They’re light and refreshing so they perfectly offset the richness of those eggs.

The Brass Monkey

The Brass Monkey
4 oz orange juice
12 oz wheat beer (such as UFO or Allagash White)
garnish with angostura bitters

Pour orange juice into a chilled pint glass. Add beer slowly. Garnish with a few drops of bitters.

The Ginger Shandy

The Ginger Shandy

4 oz ginger Beer
6 oz pale ale (such as Captain Lawrence Freshchester Pale Ale)
garnish with candied ginger

Pour ginger beer into a rocks glass filled with ice. Add beer slowly. Garnish with candied ginger on a pick.
You can substitute ginger ale but look for one that’s not too sweet like Bruce Costes.

The Pamplette

The Pamplette

1 ½ oz grapefruit juice
¾ oz lemon juice
¾ oz    st. germain elderflower liqueur
4 oz pilsner
garnish with a grapefruit twist

Pour first three ingredients into a wine glass half filled with ice. Add beer slowly. Garnish with grapefruit twist.

The Michelada

The Michelada

4 oz india pale ale (such as Lagunitas IPA)
4 oz tomato juice
½ oz lime juice
1 tsp sriracha (or your favorite hot sauce)
¼ tsp celery salt
¼ tsp fresh black pepper
¼ tsp togarashi (this Japanese spice is optional)
rimming salt

Salt rim of a rocks glass. You can use sriracha salt or your favorite rimming salt. In a pinch, cayenne pepper mixed with salt is an easy homemade alternate option to sriracha salt.
Fill the rocks glass with ice. Add all ingredients except for the beer. Give a gentle stir to combine all ingredients and taste before adding the beer. Add beer slowly. Serve immediately.

Melissa Dain is a cocktail enthusiast and one of the Co-Founders of Pop-Up Shabbat. You can follow her boozy adventures on her blog, Life Until Done.

Melissa Dain is a cocktail enthusiast and one of the Co-Founders of Pop-Up Shabbat. You can follow her boozy adventures on her blog, Life Until Done.