Trigger Point

Trigger Point Beer Cocktail

Courtesy Shawn Williams, beverage director, Bar Dough, Denver

Whiskey and beer combine harmoniously, accented by hints of bitter orange and peppermint from the amaro. It’s no wonder that Williams describes this as one of his favorite winter cocktails.

Beer Cocktails for People Who Love Beer (and Even Those Who Don’t)
  • 1½ ounces rye whiskey
  • ¾ ounce Luxardo maraschino liqueur
  • ¾ ounce Amaro Nardini
  • ½ ounce Vanilla Porter
  • Vanilla bean pod (for garnish)

In mixing glass filled with ice, add first three ingredients and stir. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice, then top with beer. Garnish with vanilla bean, if desired.

Published on January 26, 2018
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She’s the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. Email:

The latest wine reviews, trends and recipes plus special offers on wine storage and accessories