The Big Blue Beer Cocktail
You might call beer cocktails the happy compromise between the beer enthusiast and the cocktail drinker. Raffaelo VanCouten, senior mixologist at New York's 675 Bar, recommends using beers with great texture and layers of flavors. "I tend to look for anything unique, with bigger, more interesting flavors — but the key, the challenge, really, is to find a nice balance with the spirit." For that part of the equation, he suggests using spirits like whiskey and gin over something more neutral (like vodka) because they have a more pronounced character. But his most helpful tip? "What I would recommend is to taste all of the ingredients by themselves — the spirit, the beer, the other flavoring agents — before putting the cocktail together. That way when you do, you can look for all of those individual notes and make sure they're in balance." For this Giants-themed drink, he combines citrusy Blue Moon beer with peppery rye, blood orange purée, lemon juice, and simple syrup.  
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The classic root beer float only has two ingredients — root beer and vanilla ice cream — but the ultimate root beer float has four, elevating it to root beer float stardom with whipped cream, cherries… and a splash of booze. Of course, you can omit the alcohol, if desired.For more recipes from the Savory Experiments blog, click here.
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Mojito Beer
Stay with me here — I know you’re thinking this sounds dreadful, but believe me, it is amazing! It’s the perfect drink for a hot summer’s day or evening. — Katy Holder, author of A Moveable Feast
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Fall Harvest Beer Cocktail
“Try this beer cocktail alongside your traditional turkey dinner this holiday season. It's a fun mix of flavors but also packs a punch,” says Trisha, chief cocktail officer at Drizly.This recipe is courtesy of Drizly.
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Cynar Root Beer Float
Low-proof cocktails made with Cynar, root beer, and vanilla ice cream will have you smiling all summer long.This recipe is courtesy of Pam Wiznitzer of Seamstress, New York.
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Home Made Root Beer
 Make your own homemade root beer using McCormick® Root Beer Concentrate for an easy and delicious drink!
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This dirty root beer float is far too delicious not to slurp down and thoroughly enjoy. It’s heavily boozed up, but the sting of the alcohol is tamed down by the addition of ice cream and root beer. It makes the perfect girls night drink — provided everyone at your get-together loves root beer floats.For more recipes from Miranda Crouse and the Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt blog, click here.
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I decided to fancy this float up a bit by whipping it all together in the blender, and then putting chocolate sprinkles on the rim of the glass and adding whipped cream. If you're not inclined to get that fancy, you can totally just do the ice cream and root beer portion of this recipe and skip the rest. The entire thing is pretty delicious as a package deal, though — I don't recommend skipping a thing.For more recipes from Paige Flamm and the Happy Flammily blog, click here.
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Bacon and Beer Cupcakes
The combination of salty and sweet pairs amazingly with buttery cupcakes and the slightest hint of brew. The best part, did you know these are actually skinny cupcakes? Yup, the same diet soda and cake mix trick works with beer, too.
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This slow cooked, beer-braised beef is the perfect topping for mashed potatoes or noodles.
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This dip first made an appearance in the 1940's down south in Kentucky. People say it was created by someone at Johnny Allman's Restaurant, although some beg to differ. No matter where it was invented, we can't get enough of it, especially our version that we serve in a pumpernickel loaf. 
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Read more about healthy green beer alternatives in Is Green Beer Bad for You?
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