Oh, the luck of the Irish doesn’t have to include green beer! This 2-Ingredient Beermosa is a whimsical St. Patrick’s Day drink. It can also be a fun, easy-to-make drink to enjoy for brunch or anytime!
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I’m excited to welcome Melissa of Glisten & Grace Design to the blog today with an awesome St. Patrick’s Day-inspired recipe!
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this month, I thought I’d share with you a cocktail recipe that has a pub feel, keeps things classy, and leaves the green beer at home.
Before we get our mixology on, I want to take you back to the first time I tried this 2-Ingredient Beermosa cocktail.
I was in my last month living in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky and wanted to try out a few new places before I moved.
I heard about Gralehaus, a small cafe with German roots and knew it needed to be on my list of places to try.
One weekday summer morning, a friend and I decided to brunch there.
Seeing the beermosa on their drink menu, my curiosity was piqued and I had to try it. It made for a delicious pairing with my entree choice of house-made lamb sausage and grits.
After moving to California, I realized that this 2-Ingredient Beermosa cocktail has become a standard in the gastropub culinary scenes of the Midwest.
Sadly it has yet to make it to the West Coast. Cheers and Happy St. Patty’s Day! // Melissa
BEER AND ORANGE JUICE
Thanks, Melissa, for sharing your 2-Ingredient Beermosa recipe and the story behind it!
Beer and orange juice might sound like an odd combination at first, but it makes sense once you think about it.
It’s a play on a mimosa, and the beer acts as fizzy champagne.
And after all, orange can be a great accompaniment to many beers.
Look no further than brands like Blue Moon and Shocktop, which are sometimes even served with orange slices.
A good beermosa works best with a beer with citrus notes, so I like to go with a Belgian-style saison, as Melissa recommends.
Since this beermosa recipe only has 2 ingredients, it matters that you choose a good-quality beer.
This is definitely not the time for a PBR or a Budweiser, y’all.
I recommend a saison, lager or pilsner.
You can definitely have fun picking out a craft beer to use in your beermosa. Ask your local bottle shop to make recommendations if you are having trouble choosing.
Best orange juice for beer mimosas
You should use a really, really good orange juice for beermosas. Fresh-squeezed orange juice is always the best!
My suggestion for any cocktail is always to buy the best ingredients you can afford, and that’s true for orange juice too! If you can splurge on the fresh-squeezed, do it.
But if you are able to splurge on a fancier citrus juicer, the results would be worth it.
Storebought works just fine though too. Feel free to pick up the kind with pulp or without.
But if it were me, I’d grab one that has low or no pulp to keep your beermosas free of pulp. (Nothing wrong with pulp, it’s just not as appetizing when it floats at the top of a beermosa!)
Another tip Melissa has is to add 1 ounce of orange liqueur to each glass, for a little extra punch.
Make sure you also take the time to chill the glasses before serving so everything stays cold while you enjoy your beermosa.
I recommend keeping a few glasses in the freezer at all times, just in case you wake up on a Sunday with a real hankering for a beer mimosa.
You never know when the mimosa craving will strike, after all! Enjoy! // susannah
And make sure to check out Melissa’s site for everything from recipes and travel posts to style tips and home decor ideas. I know you’ll love it!
- 16 fl oz fresh squeezed orange juice
- 22 fl oz beer, with citrus notes (such as a lager, pilsner or Belgian-style saison)
- Sprig of fresh mint or basil for garnish (optional)
- Place beer glasses in freezer for one hour prior to serving to thoroughly chill. Pour 8 ounces of orange juice into each glass. Holding glasses at an angle, pour in 11 ounces of beer. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint or basil.
Looking for a bit more citrus in your beermosa? Add 1 oz of patron orange liqueur to each glass.
About Melissa Jones — Bringing honest thoughts on creativity, inspiration, design, and faith, I hope to find a bit of grace in my everyday life. Recently relocated to Northern California, I finally feel at home. A former pastor, ice cream scooper, and missionary, I have worked a variety of odd jobs, but have found my niche creating beauty everyday.