Beerless Beer

Beerless Beer
Yields: 2 Servings Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 5 Mins



When I first mixed up this cool cocktail idea, I was surprised at how much it resembled beer.

Except, there was no beer in this beer cocktail!

My first thought was to name this recipe Queer Beer, but I took a different path for a few reasons:

  • First, the name Queer Beer was already spoken for.
  • Second, I am not willing to turn my foodie blog over to the political correctness debate.
  • Third, this ‘beer’ has no beer in it, so how could I go wrong with the name “Beerless Beer”?


Beerless Beer Cocktail

Ok, to be honest, had I called this Queer Beer, it would have had a tagline attached to it that went something like “…because not all things are as they seem.”

Ooops! Did I just enter the political correctness debate?

Time for a cocktail!

Cool Cocktail Idea

I think we can all agree on the fact that a refreshing cocktail is never a bad idea on a hot summer afternoon. This particular cocktail is perfect for hot weather – and hot debates – because it is lightly boozy and you won’t get blitzed after one, or even two.

You’ll relax enough to converse, but not so much that you’ll air your opinions too loudly.

And if you do and find yourself in a pickle?

Well, at least you can’t blame Beerless Beer!

Triple Sec and Tequila Cocktail

I think this is one of my best cool cocktail ideas because, although I like beer, sometimes I need to steer clear of the carbs. As my husband likes to say, drinking beer is like drinking liquid bread. With Beerless Beer, you can have your beer, and drink it, too.


Drink Recipes With Tequila

A little on the making of Beerless Beer:

I am so thrilled that – after three tries – this cocktail turned out the way it did. The tequila lends the bitterness along with the grapefruit juice, and the triple sec and pineapple juice add just enough sweetness to mimic hops. Shake it all up in a cocktail shaker with some ice and you’ll get a nice head on it when you pour it into a glass.

Beerless Beer

I honestly wasn’t trying to mimic beer when I created this recipe, but much like most great recipes, it just kind of happened. I just randomly mixed some stuff up to use up what I had in the fridge, then added a couple hard liquors – yep, a wappatooie!

For those of you who don’t know what a wappatooie is… maybe it is a Wisconsin college thing, not sure – but I couldn’t find a real definition on the internet to pass along to you. Basically, a wappatooie is when you throw a bunch of liquors together without any rhyme or reason, mix em up with some fruit juice or soda or whatever, toss in a few ice cubes and a straw, and have yourself a wildly good time.

They’ll get you drunk every time.

Beerless Beer

Beerless Beer is not a wappatooie – though it started out like one. It’ll give you a nice buzz, but it is refreshing, not heavy.

Like beer should be on a hot summer day.


Beer Cocktails


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Beerless Beer

Beerless Beer

Are you a beer lover but need to cut back on carbs? Let Beerless Beer be your next cool cocktail idea. It looks like beer, tastes like beer, but isn’t really beer. How’s that for unique drink recipes?
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Course: beverages, cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 134kcal


  • cocktail shaker


  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 ½ oz triple sec
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz tequila


  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice.
  • Shake for 30 seconds until cold and frothy.
  • Pour over ice in a rocks glass and serve immediately.


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.5g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1660mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 23.7g | Calcium: 9mg


    1. LOL! I know I am taking a bit of a risk here. But I couldn’t resist being totally honest in my post. My husband and I still refer to this cocktail as Queer Beer in the house when I mix one up. It just rolls off the tongue!

  1. This sounds quite intriguing. I’m not a beer drinker but my partner is, so I’m going to try it out and see what he thinks. Thanks for sharing

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