Beer Cocktail Week: Black and Blue Highball Recipe

Beer Cocktail Week: Black and Blue Highball Recipe

Black and Blue Highball Recipe

This week, we’re applying our mixing skills to beer. We know we’re sledding uphill. Most people prefer their beer taken unmixed, and many beer mixed drinks are an acquired taste. But give us a chance. People have been mixing beer in drinks for a very, very long time–long before cocktails as we know them existed. And some of the things they came up with are quite refreshing and delicious.

Today’s drink is our own creation, but it has good bones. As we so often do, we used a tried and true recipe, in this case a gin sling, as a formula. We kept its fairly standard highball proportions (2 oz spirit, 1/2 oz liqueur, 1/2 oz juice, 4 oz mixer), but changed all of the actual ingredients. The thing that interested us in this drink was the idea of using beer instead of club soda as the mixer. As the base spirit, we wanted something with a bit more body than gin, and we wanted it to be smooth; after what we’ve just learned about Irish whiskey’s ability to blend into a cocktail, that seemed like the clear choice. To match the dried fruit flavors of the whiskey, we used a blackberry liqueur. We tried some lemon juice, thinking it’d make a nice companion to the blackberry flavor, but it actually brought an unpleasant bitter edge into the drink; we ended up going completely the other direction, adding gum syrup instead of any kind of juice, to accentuate the drinks sweet silkiness.


  • 2 oz Irish whiskey–we used Donegal
  • 1/2 oz blackberry liqueur (aka creme de mure)
  • 1/2 oz gum syrup
  • 4 oz beer–we used Bass Pale Ale. You don’t something with a bit of malt flavor, and not too hoppy.
  • blueberries, for garnish


  • Combine the gum syrup, whiskey, and liqueur in the bottom of a highball glass.
  • Stir slightly to mix.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Add beer.
  • Garnish.

Roberts & June