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Mixing Beer and Wine: 3 Best Recipes to Try

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I won’t lie; I am guilty of mixing beer and wine. It’s an odd combination that’s got people talking and debating. Can you really drink a pint and a glass of wine simultaneously? And what do you even call it? Plus, the big question – will it give you a worse hangover? We will keep it simple and guide you through mixing beer and wine. Let’s challenge the traditional drinking rules and discover something new, exciting and straight-up bonkers!

Mixing Beer and Wine: Should you do it? 

Mixing beer and wine might sound crazy to some, but it’s an interesting blend of flavours and traditions. 

First, let’s talk about the legitimate mixing of beer and wine by brewers, not your mate Paul down the pub. When beer and wine mix, they make a beer-wine hybrid. These hybrids are not just a simple mix, but a fancy blend of wine grapes fermented with the raw grains used for beer. It’s called oenobeer, and it’s a unique experience that combines the great qualities of both beer and wine. This is not to be confused with Barley Wine.

This idea of mixing beer and wine is not new. It goes back to the Bronze Age, proving that people have been experimenting with drink blends for a long time. The craft beer scene has taken this concept and run with it, creating innovative drinks catering to all tastes. Some hybrids have real grapes in them, some use grape juice, and some age their brew in wine barrels to give it a unique wine flavour. 

These experiments have led to different kinds of beer-wine hybrids out there, like Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch, which blends wine, mead, and beer. 

Then there’s the straight-up mixing of beer and wine at the pub. Rampant across Europe, known Bierwein by our German friends in France as vière. In fact, Paris has been blanketed by posters for vière, a mix of vin and bière drunk from a wineglass, whose name, its creators say, started out as a joke. But sorry, my Parisian friends, this is no joke! The next section will share our three favourite beer and wine mixes. 

Our 3 Favourite Beer and Wine Mixes

Rip up the playbook and go wild. We are going to show you how to truly mix things up with a wine-beer recipe that’s sure to intrigue your palate. 

Rosé-IPA Spritzer Recipe

Let’s get started with a “Rosé-IPA Spritzer,” a refreshing drink that’s perfect for those lazy afternoons or as a conversation starter at your next hangout. This blend mixes the hoppy bitterness of an IPA with the delicate, fruity notes of a rosé wine, creating a bold and refreshing drink that’s sure to impress.

Mixing beer and wine in a glass of the cocktail Rose-IPA Spritzer.
Mixing Beer and Wine: Rosé-IPA Spritzer


  • Half a pint of your favourite IPA (choose one with citrus or floral notes to complement the wine)
  • Half a glass of dry rosé wine (pick something light and fruity)
  • A splash of soda water (for that extra fizz)
  • Ice cubes
  • A slice of grapefruit or lemon for garnish


  1. Fill a tall glass halfway with ice cubes.
  2. Pour the IPA over the ice until the glass is half full.
  3. Slowly add the rosé wine to the glass, allowing it to mix gently with the beer.
  4. Top off with a splash of soda water for a bit of sparkle.
  5. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit or lemon to enhance the citrus notes.

Flavour Profile

The Rosé-IPA Spritzer is like a perfect mix of two different drinks that gives a unique taste. The IPA’s bitterness blends well with the rosé’s fruity flavour, and the addition of soda water adds a refreshing fizz. This drink is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a complex and delightful taste.

Cherry Stout Sangria Recipe

This time, we’re going for a “Cherry Stout Sangria.” It’s an amazing blend of rich, deep stout and light, fruity sangria. It’s perfect for those who are looking for a new twist on classic flavours. This recipe will surely please any crowd with its complex layers of flavours and refreshing finish.

Mixing beer and wine in a small glass of cherry stout sangria surrounded by cherries.
Mixing Beer and Wine: Cherry Stout Sangria


  • 1 bottle of stout beer (choose one with chocolate or coffee notes for depth)
  • 1 bottle of light-bodied red wine, such as Pinot Noir (for its fruity undertones)
  • 1/2 cup of cherry brandy (to enhance the cherry flavour)
  • 2 cups of fresh or frozen cherries, pitted
  • 1 orange, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds
  • 2-3 tablespoons of sugar (adjust to taste)
  • Ice cubes
  • Sparkling water (optional for a fizzy touch)


  1. In a large pitcher, combine the stout beer, red wine, and cherry brandy.
  2. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Taste and adjust the sweetness as desired.
  3. Add the sliced oranges, lemons, and cherries to the mix. Stir gently to combine.
  4. Refrigerate the sangria for at least 4 hours, or overnight, to allow the flavours to meld together.
  5. Serve over ice, filling glasses about three-quarters full.
  6. If desired, top each glass with a splash of sparkling water for a refreshing fizz.
  7. Garnish with a slice of orange or a few cherries.

Flavour Profile

The Cherry Stout Sangria is a great mix of dark and light, sweet and bitter flavours. The stout makes it creamy and robust, which goes perfectly with the wine’s acidity and the natural sweetness of the cherries. The citrus slices give it a bright and zesty flavour, making every sip an exciting taste experience. This recipe is perfect for those who want to impress their guests with a fancy but playful drink.

Sparkling Honey Riesling Ale Recipe

For our final concoction, let’s create something new! How about a “Sparkling Honey Riesling Ale” for our next drink? This incredible drink will have a mixture of honey’s floral sweetness and Riesling wine’s crispness, topped with a pale ale’s bubbly personality. It’s perfect for sipping on hot summer days or adding a touch of class to your dinner party.

Mixing beer and wine in two glasses of Sparkling Honey Riesling Ale with ice and mint on a kitchen counter.
Mixing Beer and Wine: Sparkling Honey Riesling Ale


  • 1 bottle of Riesling wine (choose a dry Riesling for a balanced sweetness)
  • 1 pint of pale ale (look for something with citrus or herbal notes to complement the wine)
  • 1/4 cup of honey (adjust according to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon slices and fresh mint leaves for garnish
  • Ice cubes


  1. In a small saucepan, gently heat the honey over low heat until it becomes runny. Do not allow it to boil. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
  2. In a large pitcher, combine the cooled honey and fresh lemon juice. Stir until well mixed.
  3. Slowly pour in the Riesling wine, followed by the pale ale, stirring gently to combine all the ingredients.
  4. Refrigerate the mixture for about 1 hour to chill and let the flavours meld together.
  5. To serve, fill glasses with ice, pour the Sparkling Honey Riesling Ale over the ice, and garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of fresh mint.

Flavour Profile

The Sparkling Honey Riesling Ale is a delightful mix that brings out the best in each of its ingredients. The honey’s sweetness balances perfectly with the Riesling’s acidity, while the pale ale adds a refreshing fizz that lifts the entire drink. The lemon juice provides a tangy twist, making this drink irresistibly refreshing. The mint garnish not only adds a pop of colour but also a fresh aroma that makes the experience even better. This recipe shows how much fun it is to experiment with beer and wine, creating a drink that’s both fancy and totally enjoyable.

Does Mixing Beer and Wine Give You a Worse Hangover? 

Let’s talk about something that’s caused a lot of debates and even some regrets: does mixing beer and wine really give you a worse hangover? You might have heard the saying, “Beer before wine, you’ll feel fine; wine before beer, you’ll feel queer,” suggesting that drinking in a specific order can prevent a headache. But let’s get this straight with some good old-fashioned fact-checking. I feel like Myth Busters! 

In reality, no concrete evidence supports the idea that mixing beer and wine causes worse hangovers. According to experts, it’s the amount of alcohol you drink that’s responsible for the pounding headache, not the combination of drinks. So whether you’re enjoying a Rosé-IPA Spritzer or having your beer and wine separately, the hangover gods don’t care what you drink.

What matters is how much you’re drinking and, of course, staying hydrated. Drinking water between your beers and wines isn’t just a way to pace yourself; it’s a tried-and-true strategy to avoid getting dehydrated and having a bad hangover. Also, choosing quality drinks can make a difference, as some beverages contain more compounds that can worsen your hangover.

So, as we dive into the details of enjoying our drinks, mixed or not, let’s do so with much less worrying about mixing beer and wine. And let’s face it, if you’re over 30, you’ll be hungover regardless. 


Mixing beer and wine is amazing. You don’t have to worry about what to call it, whether it’s a “Beer-Wine Hybrid” or “Bierwein,” as long as you’re having fun with the unique taste adventure. The trick to avoiding a killer hangover is not about whether you mix these drinks but how much you drink. So, don’t go overboard and keep hydrated. Go ahead, try a Rosé-IPA Spritzer or create your own drink. Discovering new flavours is a wild ride you shouldn’t miss out on. 

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