cerveza soleado: a beer cocktail

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With the sunshine beaming and Cinco De Mayo right around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about refreshing cocktails, fresh appetizers and lots of time in the pool with friends.  Usually by now, Palm Springs is hotter than a volcano on Mars, like fry an egg on the sidewalk type of hot.  Luckily, this spring has been pretty mild and really, really enjoyable.

We’ve been working on making our outdoor spaces nicer – adding furniture, pops of color and fun tchotchkes.  Now we’re ready to entertain and I’m in the mood for cocktails – beer cocktails like this one (my favorite) which is just three ingredients – light beer, bourbon and frozen lemonade.  I call it Cerveza Soleado or “sunny beer”.

I’ve always been a bourbon neat kind of gal.  No need to mess too much with fancy, sugary cocktails.  When the weather heats up though, I start to branch out and look for something a bit more refreshing.

Beer cocktails are super trendy right now and you can find them on just about every hip bar’s menu.  Adding light beer to booze is actually quite brilliant.  Much like soda or tonic, it adds a poppy fizz that is perfect for large pitchers on a sunny afternoon.  When we have a few people coming over, I always create a pitcher of cocktails.  It’s just easier to make one large pitcher than be shaking up martinis all night.

When it comes to the beer component, you really want to stick with something light and crisp.  My go-to is definitely Corona Light, a light pilsner-style lager that is bright and refreshing.  It pairs well with all kinds of flavors, but especially spicy or citrusy flavors.  At only 99 calories a bottle, it was an easy choice for today’s beer cocktail.

You could certainly use Corona Extra if you prefer, the most carefree beer in the world that belongs by the pool or on the beach.  Modelo Especial would also work well in this cocktail.  Modelo has a well-balanced taste with a light hop, an orange blossom honey aroma with a hint of herb.  Crisp and refreshing, it adds the fizz and flavor to complete a perfect pitcher of Cerveza Soleado.  I’ll let you decide on what bourbon to use, any will work, but opt for something high quality that you’d enjoy sipping on its own – you’ll probably have some left over!

When it comes to entertaining in the spring/summer, I like to keep my appetizers light and fresh.  I ran into a bushel of gorgeous mini heirloom tomatoes this week, so I couldn’t resist slicing them up and serving them mostly as is.   The great thing about fresh, seasonal produce straight from the farm is that it doesn’t need much help being delicious.

Stunning, right?  To these sliced beauties, I added sea salt, cilantro and a squeeze of lime over top.  I could just sit down and eat these with a fork, but better for entertaining, I set out a bowl of corn chips.  This was one addictive snack and it paired perfectly with all of the Cerveza Soleado!

What beer cocktail would you create with Corona Light or Modelo Especial?  Find both beers at Kroger in the refrigerated beer section.  Keep in the know with Corona Light on Instagram and Modelo on Instagram


Cerveza Soleado

  • 12 oz quality bourbon
  • 12 oz frozen lemonade
  • 36 oz Corona Light or Modelo Especial
  • lemons, sliced into wheels
  1. Add bourbon and lemonade to a large pitcher.  Mix well.  Top mixture with beer and gently stir to combine.
  2. Pour slowly into individual glasses over ice.  Garnish with lemon wheel.


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  1. Ashley Leuzinger
    May 4, 2017 at 10:12 am — Reply

    Definitely making this for mother’s day :) Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

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