Officially a cocktail consists of at least three spirits and a mixer.  Beer-tails – mixed drinks using beer as the main ingredient- often only include beer and mixer or one other spirit.

If you are having a gathering and you are not keen on buying a lot of hard liquor and mixes for cocktails, beer-tails could be the perfect choice.

Served casual style in glass pitchers, beer tails are full bodied, refreshing and impressive

The Red-eye is a mix of beer, tomato juice and Bloody Mary spices. It makes for a light drink and is perfect to serve early in the day or with hearty brunches.

The Black Velvet, made with champagne and stout, is another brunch favourite. Try mixing the stout with sparkling apple juice for a lighter and fresher taste.

A Dark and Stormy cocktail, usually made with dark rum and ginger beer, is gorgeous when made with dark rum, ginger syrup and I.P.A.

The classic Greyhound cocktail, made with vodka, grapefruit juice and lime, can be transformed into a refreshing party pitcher by adding a crisp I.P.A to the mix.

To Make a Red Eye

4 parts Beer  (Pilsner or Larger works best; I used Free from Pilsner)

2 parts bloody Mary Mix or Tomato juice (I used Big Toms ready mixed-

If you are just using tomato juice spice it up with some salt, lemon and lime)

Celery Salt to rim the glasses

Fill up a pitcher garnish with sliced lemons and limes offer hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce on the side.

To make an I.PA Greyhound

2 parts vodka (very cold.)

3 parts good quality grapefruit juice

2 parts cold Free From I.P.A

Fill up a pitcher mix and then pour into tall glasses.

To make a Dark N Stormy Beertail

4 parts beer

1 part dark rum

Generous glug of good quality ginger syrup

Pour into glasses of pitcher add Sliced lime to garnish.