Calamansi Beer Cooler Recipe
THIS needs to be your two-ingredient summer, everything beverage.
This? It's a beer cocktail, a beer cooler. 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, stock up for your next pool date.
THIS needs to be your two-ingredient summer 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.
More importantly, remember this combo come summer. 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
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!
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My husband i LOVE these!!!! new favorite summer drink! :) :) :)
Never heard of Calamansi juice. I'm not a fan of IPA's. What does it do to their taste?
I just picked up individually frozen calamansi any Asian grocer and mixed it with a did on an IPA I was trying to use up. Wow. The calamansi was not sweetened - I deplore sweet drinks - and this was amazingly refreshing - perfect for daytime drinking on hot days. Hurrah to Heidi!
Awesome! We have a calamansi tree!
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.
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.
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.
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.