Although the official definition of a cocktail is a drink containing three or more ingredients, generally speaking a beer cocktail is one that mixes beer with at least one other alcoholic drink, said On the Coastbeer columnist Rebecca Whyman.
"Beer is already bubbly and flavourful, so why not add to that and make an extra refreshing summer drink?" she asked.
Keep reading for six different beer cocktail recipes you can use to mix it up.
"If it's too hot for that stout that you've been craving, half and half it with champagne."
5 oz champagne
5 oz Irish stout beer
Combine all ingredients in a glass and stir.
Source: Public House at The Venetian
Beer Margarita, or 'beergarita'
If you're looking for a blended drink, limeade, beer and tequila makes a "beergarita," Whyman said.
6 oz each of frozen (undiluted) limeade
6 oz tequila
6 oz lager
Blend with ice until smooth. If you feel so inclined garnish with a slice of lime.
Source: The Drinks Business
Cucumber Blonde Bloody Mary
"I often find that a Caesar or a Bloody Mary feels a little thick in the summer," said Whyman who suggests this alternative.
2 oz Cucumber Vodka
4 grape tomatoes
1 dash celery salt
1 dash pepper
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 dash hot sauce
½ oz lime juice
2 oz blonde beer
Garnish: celery stick
Muddle tomatoes, celery salt and pepper in a cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients except beer. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with beer and garnish with a celery stick.
Source: David Nepove, mixologist
"A whiskey sour? You might not want a great big glass while you're sitting out on the patio, worried that it'll be too high alcohol content, so lighten it up by throwing some white ale in there."
2 oz. bourbon
¾ oz fresh lemon juice
¼ oz simple syrup
Barspoon of orange marmalade
2 dashes orange bitters
2 oz white ale
Combine all ingredients and gently shake with ice. Strain over fresh ice cubes into a highball glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
Source: Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen, San Francisco, Calif.
"Instead of a wine in a sangria, use a lambic. Perfect!" Whyman said.
750 mL of a raspberry or peach lambic
4 oz Tequila
1 oz Cointreau
the juice from half a lemon
Simply combine all these ingredients in a large pitcher, stir and enjoy.
Source: The Drinks Business
Bloody Hell: Blood Oranges, Jalapeno, Whiskey and Beer Cocktail
This one is Whyman's pick for best name.
2 oz blood orange juice
1 ½ oz bourbon
1 tbs agave
1 jalapeno, sliced
2 oz IPA beer
In a shaker filled with ice add the blood orange juice, bourbon, agave and sliced jalapeno. Shake well. Pour through a strainer into a highball glass with ice. Add beer. Stir.
Source: The Beeroness
If your idea of summer relaxation doesn't involve mixing your own drinks, you can find beer cocktails around town, including at Rogue Kitchen and Wetbar's three locations, L'Abbatoir, Bitter Tasting Room and Central City Brew Pub in Surrey.
To hear the full interview with Rebecca Whyman, listen to the audio labelled: Beer cocktails, including the "beergarita."