Sunday’s around the corner, which means it’s almost time for highly anticipated football, commercials, and beer — lots, and lots of beer. And while there’s nothing wrong with your IPA inclinations, it’s good to know you have options that don’t stray too far from the six pack. Enter the beer cocktail, the beloved, best of both worlds concoction that’s lately been at the ready for brunch, patios, and now, football season. Here are five of the best cases around town for adding a little beer to your booze — or vice versa.
The NoMad Michelada at The NoMad
There are some things you should try at home, but only if you’re willing to keep a watchful eye on the stove — and not the TV. That’s because Leo Robitschek and Jessica Gonzalez decided to take the michelada to an entirely new level at this Flatiron favorite, where they bring a pronounced combination of red pepper juice, Cisco Sankaty Light Lager, espelette vinegar, and orange juice to a boil in a saucepan before removing it from heat, chilling and serving.
The Mosher at Treadwell Park
When they aren’t highlighting their love for beer via 20 rotating craft brews, the team here highlights it in an array of beer cocktails. Just one of them is The Mosher, a beer float melting American IPA and creamy house-made bleu cheese ice cream. It was during a beer convention in Rhode Island that beverage director Mikey Fishbone first drummed up the idea. “There were a few regional craft breweries who had brought samples of ice cream made from their wort,” he says. “I just remember thinking it would be cool to just put ice cream into beer!"
The Moroccan Michelada at Timna
The menu at this popular modern Israeli spot is chock full of surprises, right down to its global takes on cocktails. See, for example, beverage director Amir Nathan’s Moroccan twist on the michelada: a paprika salt rimmed pint full of harissa, pilsner, lemon juice, and preserved lemon that’s sure to perk you right up for post-brunch productivity.
The 10-Yard Fight at 5th and MAD
This cocktail may read all American in its football-inspired title, but it’s makeup reads Italian. Beverage director Justin Andrews stirs together Campari and Ketel One Vodka over ice before straining it into a chilled coupe, which he tops off with Peroni Premium Pale Lager and an orange wheel for a dram that’ll have you mistaking halftime for aperitivo hour.
The Michelle at The Bourgeois Pig
This michelada riff has been a favorite at this West Village hangout for years on end. And what’s not to like? The team shakes together lime juice, blood orange puree, and balsamic vinegar before straining it into a brandy snifter, which they proceed to top off with a 12-ounce bottle of Delirium Tremens.
By Nicole Schnitzler
(Photos from left: Michelle at The Bourgeois Pig; Beer Floats at Treadwell Park by Oleg March; Moroccan Michelada at Timna by Michael Tulipan)