Cousin Funday Beer Cocktail

July 9, 2011

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: One of my favorite summer activities is when my cousin and I spend a whole weekend day doing some combination of tennis, yoga, laying by her pool, and going out to dinner. Although I don't usually like beer, we always have Bud Light Lime by the pool, and I totally love it. This is my spin on our poolside drink, which will always make me think of our summer fundays. - VanessaSVanessaS

Food52 Review: Crisp and light, bright and bitter ... beer and booze? Yep. This cocktail cures heatstroke, pool or no pool. It tastes like a fine summer day in the Yucatan. After tasting, you'll want to spike your suds from now on! Add a frosted mug and floaties for maximum effect. - laureneweLauren Utvich

Serves: 2


  • 1 2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons orange liquer
  • 2 bottles of light beer (I use Pacifico)
In This Recipe


  1. Combine the ginger, water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stir until all the sugar dissolves, and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. Pour the mixture into a glass, ginger and all, and place in the refrigerator until cool.
  2. When the ginger syrup is cool, strain it and divide it between two large glasses. Into each glass, add the juice of 1 lime and 1 tablespoon of orange liquer. Fill each glass with a bottle of beer and stir. On a really hot day, add ice before taking it outside to the pool and enjoying.

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Reviews (4) Questions (0)

4 Reviews

Matt F. June 25, 2015
While this sounds like it might be good, I'm confused by the review that says it's "bitter". Ginger simple syrup - sweet/spicy. Lime Juice - Sour. Light beer - Flavorless. Orange liquor - OK, maybe you can describe that as bitter, but with 1 Tbsp in a drink that measures a total of 20+ oz, (1/40th of the total volume) I don't think it'd sufficiently make this drink "bitter." But I tell you what, it's worth a shot!
Pks P. December 30, 2013
its a good test
wssmom July 9, 2011
Tennis? Yoga? Poolside? Dinner? And this? Heavenly!
Author Comment
VanessaS July 10, 2011
Yeah, it makes for a fun day - thanks!