Apple, Pumpkin Beer Cocktails

I’m channeling my inner mixologist today and sharing my love for cocktails made with beer. I’m going to be perfectly honest with you guys. I DON’T love cocktails. I don’t love cocktails, that is, unless bourbon is involved. I can down a manhattan in just seconds. Basically if there is bourbon somewhere in the mix I just adore it. This may be why I have a not-so-secret obsession with beer that has been aged in bourbon barrels. These apple, pumpkin beer cocktails are probably the best thing to come out of a shaker glass, and you guys have got to try it this holiday season.


I don’t think this recipe could be posted at a more appropriate time. I mean we are under a week from Halloween, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

These apple, pumpkin beer cocktails…oh my…it’s like pumpkin pie and apple pie got together and had a beautiful baby. A baby made up of bourbon, pumpkin ale, apple cider and lemon juice.

Top it off with some cranberries and cinnamon sticks. It’s oh so festive!

I swear to you. It’s like Thanksgiving in a glass.

Beer Love:

When you go to choose your pumpkin ale for this cocktail, do be careful. Choose a pumpkin ale that you just love. This step is all based on personal preference. Do me proud!

Here are some examples of pumpkin ales I just love for these cocktails:

Elysian Brewing’s Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

Uinta Brewing’s Punk’n

Nebraska Brewing Company’s Wick for Brains Pumpkin Ale

Southern Tier’s Pumking

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Apple, Pumpkin Beer Cocktails

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 8 ounces good-quality bourbon
  • 9 ounces apple cider
  • 2 1/2 ounces lemon juice
  • 12 ounces pumpkin ale
  • ice
  • cinnamon sticks and cranberries for garnish


  • In a cocktail shaker, shake together the bourbon, apple cider and lemon juice. Pour into 4 glasses filled with ice.
  • Pour the beer evenly into each glass.
  • Garnish with cinnamon sticks and cranberries. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Adapted from Men’s Health