Elderflower liqueur and sweet-tart berries give this Raspberry Wheat Beer Cocktail all the sweetness it needs - no added sugars required.
I had so much fun mixing up that mango habanero ipa shandy, that I thought it would be fun to try my hand at another beer cocktail. This Raspberry Wheat Beer Cocktail is much stronger than a shandy, with gin and elderflower liqueur in the mix.
About the gin and beer
Gin and beer might not sound like a good combo, but a slightly-sweet wheat plus flowery gin and elderflower is surprisingly refreshing.
For me, wheat beer screams summer. When day drinking on porches was a thing that I still did, wheats were my beer of choice. They're a little bit sweet, not too boozy, and so refreshing.
A wheat beer plus summery raspberries felt like a natural choice for a summer beer cocktail recipe.
Y'all, you don't even really need a good wheat beer for this raspberry beer cocktail. Any wheat beer you like will do. The raspberry and elderflower are what really shine through in this mix.
The big thing that this recipe has in common with the IPA shandy is how easy it is to make. Throw your fruit and booze into the blender, divide between your glasses, add ice and beer, and serve.
About elderflower liqueur
Elderflower is super hip in cocktails right now, and I can see why. This liqueur is sweet, herbal, and a little bit fruity. It's a refreshing addition to all kinds of drinks.
I used it in a sangria not too long ago, and one of my girlfriends loves it mixed with a little vodka and lemonade.
Liquors are usually vegan, but with liqueurs you have to do your research, if you want to avoid animal products.
Some liqueurs contain dairy, egg, or honey. Others use animal products in the refining process, like gelatin. Just look up the one you're considering at Barnivore to make sure that it's vegan.
I discovered this after buying and opening a bottle that turned out to be questionable.
DeKuyper is listed on Barnivore as not vegan friendly, though if you read the entry they don't mention elderflower. It also looks like the letter they got was from the German company, not the U.S. one that produces DeKuyper products here in the states.
Since I can't return it and I'm not totally sure it isn't vegan, I'm going to use up this bottle and be more careful next time.
Multiplying the recipe
The recipe below makes two cocktails, so phone a friend and whip this up this weekend!
If you're planning to make this for more people, just multiply the recipe to make as much puree as you need. When you're ready to mix, just measure out 1/4 cup puree per glass.
Raspberry wheat beer cocktail
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce vegan elderflower liqueur
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 bottle wheat beer
- Combine the gin, liqueur, and raspberries in a blender, and puree until smooth.
- Divide the puree between two pint glasses. Top them off with ice, then slowly pour in your wheat beer, tilting the glass and letting the beer run down the side. Give a stir with a straw, and serve garnished with extra raspberries.