The Best Summer Beer Recipe for a Crowd

It's hard to beat a cold beer on a hot summer day. But this summer beer recipe is a serious contender.

Chances are, you’re planning to host a marvelous backyard party this summer. You have a party menu all set and found cute outdoor decor to set the mood. This shindig needs more than a grab bag of beer! It’s time to whip up a pitcher of this summer beer recipe.

It’s refreshing and easy to drink, and best of all, this beverage serves a crowd.

How to Make Summer Beer

This beer cocktail is perfect for a weekend party. Just master this simple formula, then check out the variations below for some fun takes on this classic.


  • 1 can frozen orange juice concentrate (12 ounces), thawed
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 4 bottles Blue Moon
  • 1 cup club soda
  • Orange slices for garnish

Editor’s Tip: You can use citrus-flavored vodka, but plain does the trick nicely. Just save a splash to clean the house with.


Step 1: Mix the OJ and vodka

Start by combining the thawed orange juice concentrate and vodka in a large pitcher.

Step 2: Make a splash

Stir in the Blue Moon and club soda just before serving. You don’t have to use Blue Moon, though it’s a good pick for this recipe because of its bright citrus aroma.

Step 3: Serve

Fill a few mason jars or a set of Collins glasses ($24) with ice. Then, pour the summer beer over ice. Garnish with fresh orange slices and enjoy. Cheers to summer!

Make This Summer Beer Recipe Your Own

The basic components of this summer brew are citrus juice and/or concentrate, liquor and beer. You can easily swap in different ingredients to create a unique version. Check out a few of my go-to variations—then let your imagination run wild!

  • Summer Beer ‘rita: This refreshing drink uses limeade concentrate and tequila with Corona or Modelo. (Learn more about Mexican-style beers to sip in summer.)
  • Tropical Summer Beer: Mix canned pineapple juice and rum with Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. Finish with a splash of lime juice and lemon-lime soda.
  • Blackberry Summer Beer: This fruity version features fresh or frozen blackberries and lemon.

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Lauren Grant
The veggie- and cheese-obsessed lady behind the food blog Zestful Kitchen, Lauren Grant is a trained Culinary Scientist and Journalist. She is a blogger, writer, recipe developer, and self-taught photographer.