Beer on the Rocks Cocktail

Elevate your beer experience with this delightful Beer On-the-rocks Cocktail. Combining the robust flavors of a IPA or Belgian-style Ale with the complex depth of Dubonnet or Vermouth, this beer cocktail brings a new level of sophistication to beer drinking.

Finished with a twist of citrus zest or a slice of fresh ginger, this drink is as refreshing as it is flavorful. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or relaxing after a long day, this cocktail will surely impress.

The Beer On-the-rocks is not just a cocktail; it’s an experience in a glass.

Enjoy the process of creating it and savor every sip. Let’s get started!

What is a Beer On-the-Rocks Cocktail?

Beer on the rocks is exactly what it sounds like – beer served over ice cubes. It’s a simple but refreshing cocktail that you can customize to your liking.

Common Ingredients Used

The most important ingredient for a beer on-the-rocks cocktail is, of course, beer. But to make it a cocktail, you can also add fruit, bitters, and water to enhance the flavor. We’ll talk more about these ingredients later on.

Why You Will Enjoy A Beer On-the-Rocks

Beer on-the-rocks has quickly become a popular alternative to traditional cocktails. It’s light, refreshing, and perfect for warm weather.

Plus, it’s a great choice for those who want to enjoy a beer without getting too intoxicated.

How to Make a Beer On-the-Rocks Cocktail

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Beer On-the-rocks cocktail

The Beer On-the-rocks Cocktail is a sophisticated blend of IPA or Belgian-style Ale and either Dubonnet or Vermouth, served over ice and garnished with a twist of citrus or fresh ginger. This refreshing and flavorful cocktail elevates the beer drinking experience, offering a perfect balance between complexity and simplicity. Ideal for gatherings or simply relaxing after a long day, this cocktail promises to delight with every sip.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Course: Beer
Cuisine: Beer Cocktails
Keyword: Beer On-the-rocks Cocktail
Calories: 275kcal
Author: Dan Smullen


  • Glass
  • Ice
  • Stirrer
  • Knife (for preparing the garnish)
  • Cutting board
  • Zester or peeler (if you are using citrus zest for garnish)
  • Measuring tool (optional, if you want to measure the ingredients precisely)


  • Dubonnet or Vermouth
  • IPA India Pale Ale or Belgian-style Ale
  • Lemon Zest Twist or Fresh Ginger Slice


  • Start by filling a glass with ice.
  • Pour your chosen substitute for Byrrh Aperitif (Dubonnet or Vermouth) into the glass.
  • Next, pour your chosen substitute for British Bitter Ale (IPA or Belgian-style Ale) into the glass.
  • Stir gently to mix the ingredients.
  • Finally, garnish with your choice of a twist of lemon zest or a slice of fresh ginger.
  • Serve and enjoy your personalized Beer On-the-rocks Cocktail!


Choice of Glassware

Using the right glass can greatly enhance the drinking experience. A highball or a rocks glass would work well for this cocktail.

Quality of Ingredients

Use high-quality ingredients. The taste of your cocktail will depend significantly on the quality of the beer and aperitif wine you use.

Fresh Garnish

Always use fresh garnish. The citrus zest or ginger slice will add not only flavor but also aroma to the cocktail.

Ice Quality

Use good quality ice, preferably made from filtered or bottled water. Poor quality ice can affect the taste of your cocktail.

Pouring the Beer

When pouring beer into the glass, tilt the glass at an angle. This helps to prevent too much foam from forming.

Stirring the Cocktail

Stir the cocktail gently. Over-stirring might flatten the beer and under-stirring might not blend the flavors well.

Serving Immediately

Serve the cocktail immediately after making it. This will ensure that it is enjoyed at its best temperature and taste.
Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you make the cocktail, the better you’ll get at balancing the flavors to your preference. Enjoy!

What Type of Beer is Best?

Choosing the right beer is crucial to making a delicious beer on-the-rocks cocktail. You want a light and refreshing beer with a flavor that the ice won’t overwhelm you.

Types of Beer That Work Well for Beer On-the-Rocks Cocktails

Ales, wheat beers and fruit beers are the best options.

My favorite beer for Beer on the rocks, has to be;

Light Body and Moderate ABV

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Founders All Day IPA

  • Refreshing and easy-to-drink IPA
  • Balanced bitterness and hoppy flavors
  • Low ABV makes it a great option for a session beer
  • Perfect for outdoor activities social gatherings.
  • An excellent option for the beer-on-the-rocks cocktail.

But if you are interested in a lighter option, which most people are, light lagers are also great choices for beer on-the-rocks cocktails.

You can’t beat the light, crisp flavor that works well with the ice cubes.

Light larger also don’t take away much from the other ingredients.

Enhancing the Flavor of Your Beer On-the-Rocks Cocktail

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can experiment with different flavor combinations.

Try adding a slice of orange to your beer or a few drops of bitters.

You can also use water instead of ice cubes to dilute the beer slightly.

Using Fruit to Add Citrus Notes

If you want to add some citrus notes to your beer on-the-rocks cocktail, try adding a slice of orange, lemon, or lime.

This will give your drink a refreshing, summery flavor.

Adding a Few Drops of Bitters

Bitters are great for adding depth and complexity to your beer on-the-rocks cocktail.

Simply add a few drops to your drink and stir. You can experiment with different bitters to find the one that works best with your beer.

Using Water with Your Beer and Ice Cubes

If your beer on-the-rocks cocktail is too strong, try adding some water to the mix.

This will dilute the beer slightly, making it more refreshing and easier to drink.

Tips for Serving and Enjoying Your Beer On-the-Rocks Cocktail

The Best Glassware for Serving a Beer On-the-Rocks Cocktail

A short whiskey sour cocktail glass is best for serving a beer on-the-rocks cocktail. This will help keep the ice cubes in place and prevent your drink from getting watered down too quickly.

Keeping Your Beer Cold in a Cooler

If you plan on serving your beer on-the-rocks cocktail outside, keeping the beer in a cooler is a good idea. This will help keep it cold and refreshing, even on a hot day.

In conclusion, a beer on-the-rocks cocktail is a refreshing and easy-to-make drink that’s perfect for warm weather or as a pre-meal aperitif. With the right beer and a few simple ingredients, you can create a delicious cocktail that’s sure to impress.

Dan Smullen Beer is my life profile

Hi, I'm Dan, founder of BeerIsMyLife. I've been an avid homebrewer for over ten years, and beer is my true passion. I've traveled all over the world, visiting breweries, tasting beer, as well as making my own batches. I set up this blog to share that experience with you.

1 thought on “Beer on the Rocks Cocktail”

  1. 5 stars
    Great cocktail; absolutely love the idea of an IPA cocktail that is dry like this, using Vermouth – hadn’t thought of that.


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