Thirsty Thursday: A Beer and a Ball Cocktail

By: Kelsey Vala
Related To:

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Since Oktoberfest means there’s no point in drinking anything except beer, let’s raise a glass (ahem, a beer stein) to this beer-based sipper that will help us celebrate the drinking traditions of Germany. This Beer and a Ball cocktail offers some refreshment and variety, but it will also help you hold onto the traditional values of this beer-filled holiday season.

Start by muddling sage and grapefruit together, and add Campari, Aperol and a touch of simple syrup to round out the bittersweet flavors. Splash some pale lager into the mixture, and garnish the glass with a fragrant wedge of grapefruit. Sage-kissed and touched with sweetness, all you’ll need with this cocktail is a soft pretzel and a sausage to celebrate Oktoberfest in style.

Bottoms up, folks!

P.S. This cocktail would also make a great addition to your next football party spread.

Recipe courtesy Dave Fernie at Playa

Ingredients:

  • 2 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 fresh grapefruit segment
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce bitter Italian aperitif (recommended: Campari)
  • 1 ounce Italian aperitif (recommened: Aperol)
  • 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup, recipe follows
  • Ice cubes, for shaking
  • 1 1/2 ounces pale lager beer (recommended: Miller High Life)
  • 1 grapefruit wedge, for garnish
Simple Syrup:
  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 cup distilled water

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the sage leaves and grapefruit segment with the lime juice. Add the Italian aperitifs and Simple Syrup. Fill the shaker with ice cubes, top the shaker, create a seal and shake vigorously. Remove the top and add the beer. Strain into a double old-fashioned glass and garnish with the grapefruit wedge.

Simple Syrup:

In small skillet, bring the sugar and water to a boil, stirring until dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature. Seal and store what is not used in the refrigerator.

Still thirsty for beer-based mixed drinks? Check out more beer cocktail recipes to celebrate Oktoberfest.

Next Up

The Food-Focused Bride: Cocktails, Wine and Beer

Cooking Channel's bride-to-be covers the various alcohol options for the big day.

Guide: How to Stock a Bar

The tools and ingredients you need to mix your favorite drinks

Thirsty Thursday: Have a Horchata

Ingrid Hoffman makes her Horchata Mexican-style, with rice as the base. Vanilla and cinnamon add sweet, aromatic flavors.

Thirsty Thursday: Coney Island Iced Tea

Sip on Michael Chiarello's refreshing Coney Island Iced Tea, made with sweet orange liqueur, tart lemon juice and fresh mint.

Thirsty Thursday: Margarita March

Meet margaritas more playful side with these cool, bite-sized Margarita Jell-O Shots.

Thirsty Thursday: Apple Toddy

Cooking Channel's Apple Toddy is the perfect accompaniment to chilly winter nights and serves as a delicious reminder of seasonal pleasures.

Thirsty Thursday: Two-toned Tequila Sangria

Cooking Channel's tequila sangria cocktail is so stunning and delicious, it should probably be nominated as the official boozy beverage of summer.

On TV

Unwrapped 2.0

7:30am | 6:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

8:30am | 7:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

9:30am | 8:30c

Food Truck Nation

12:30pm | 11:30c

Food: Fact or Fiction?

1:30pm | 12:30c

Good Eats

3pm | 2c

Good Eats

3:30pm | 2:30c

Good Eats

4pm | 3c

Good Eats

4:30pm | 3:30c

Good Eats

5pm | 4c

Good Eats

5:30pm | 4:30c

Man Fire Food

6:30pm | 5:30c

Man Fire Food

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

BBQ Pitmasters

8pm | 7c

Fire Masters

10pm | 9c

BBQ Pitmasters

12am | 11c
What's Hot
What's Hot

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

New Episodes Mondays 9|8c

So Much Pretty Food Here