Calamansi Beer Cooler

Calamansi Beer Cooler Recipe

This? It's a beer cocktail. It's two ingredients. And you're going to need to make a trip to Trader Joe's to procure the special ingredient - calamansi juice cooler. Calamansi is a fragrant, bitter-in-the-best-way citrus, and when you combine the juice in a glass with some good IPA, over ice, it's going to be your new favorite thing. Pick up a 6-pack (I use Lagunitas) while you're calamansi shopping, and you're all set.

Calamansi Beer Cooler

I thought I was going to have to wait until summer to share this, or maybe drop it closer to spring break, because beer cocktails in the dead of winter? Who wants that? I've been sitting on this for a while already, it was starting to make me antsy. Long way of saying, I feel like I have my window here, and THIS needs to be your two-ingredient Super Bowl beverage. Or, just skip the football game, and focus on the beverage. ;) I'm not typically about the hard sell, but this combination is greatness in a glass. If I owned a bar, with a beautiful outdoor patio overlooking the sunniest part of the California coast, and there was a Trader Joe's nearby (#notsponsored), this would be on the menu.

Calamansi Beer Cooler

Calamansi Beer Cooler

More importantly, remember this combo come summer, and consider this a practice run. I promise its a combination that can rival frosé, or even the best slushie cocktails....all the best aspects of easy-going, not too strong, daytime drinking at its best. Do it, and report back! xx!

Calamansi Beer Cooler

Calamansi Beer Cooler

HS: I used the calamansi juice cooler from Trader Joe's here. I suspect you could use fresh calamansi juice, that you've sweetened to taste. Or an alternate calamansi juice, but you're on your own a bit here. My advice if you're going rogue ;) - Fill half your glass with IPA beer, and then add calamansi juice/cooler/etc. until it tastes delicious to you.

1 can of calamansi juice cooler (I use the one from Trader Joe's)
1 IPA beer
lots of ice

Combine roughly equal parts beer and calamansi juice cooler in a glass filled with ice. Stir and enjoy. Take note for round two - maybe you'd like yours a little sweeter? Add more calamansi cooler. More bitter, spritzy, hoppy? Up the beer ratio. Enjoy!

Makes 1 - 2.

Prep time: 3 min

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So happy to see calamansi here, and no doubt they're a perfect match with an IPA. We call them calamondins in Florida, and they're a treasured backyard fruit found in old neighborhoods. You can eat them with the peel, which is less tart than the flesh. Plus they're really cute, like tiny tangerines.


Happy to see you highlight Calamansi juice here. I get my Calamansi juice from the freezer section of the Asian store. It comes in tiny individual packets. So good in a dressing for roasted beets. I can imagine just dropping a couple of packets into a glass of beer.


It warms my heart to see the hometown hero of Filipino citrus celebrated here. I remember discovering this site when I was exploring my roots back in (oh Lord) 2006. Hunched over a computer in Manila, how I longed for an oven and access to proper tomatoes! One of the first things I did once I returned to New York was fire up the oven for quinoa bites. I am usually not a fan of mixing anything (besides ice) in my beer but I will have to give this a try. Sounds a bit shandy-like...

HS: Love this Olyvia! Let's hear it for quinoa bites. And yes! Definitely in the shandy camp.


It's good to hear this may be available at Asian groceries. Unfortunately, my local Trader Joe's (a stone's throw away in San Jose) doesn't carry Calamansi Cooler, so I suspect it's not too widely available at the moment.


Absolutely delicious!


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