Where to spice things up with an ale-tinged drink.
Thu Jun 18 2009
Invented by noise-rocker and onetime bartender Eric Copeland of Black Dice, Daddy's Margaveza is simply a pint of Dos Equis light lager topped with...a frozen margarita. This is one refreshing, energizing drink. Good luck ordering fewer than three. 437 Graham Ave at Frost St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-609-6388)
Mixologist Isaac MacDougal's addition to Dressler's newly revamped cocktail menu is tentatively named the Mutt. It's an appropriately scrappy blend of tequila, fresh lime juice, Worcestershire sauce and half a cold bottle of Budweiser, dashed and rimmed with MacDougal's signature salt, cayenne and black peppercorn mix. Bartender's note: Save the spicy rim for last, and never let the glass get more than half empty (that's what the other half-bottle of beer is for, of course). 149 Broadway between Bedford and Driggs Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-6343, dresslernyc.com)
You won't see beer cocktails on the menu at this famously hip watering hole: Just ask the bartender to pour an ice-cold Tecate into a pint glass containing Enid's signature Bloody Mary mix and a lime wedge. No ice, no frills, not even a proper name, but this DIY michelada offers chilled bliss on a hot night. 560 Manhattan Ave at Driggs Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-349-3859, enids.net)
This new mescal-and-tequila oasis offers a traditional michelada, a beer with fresh lime juice and a plain ol' salted rim, but the smoky bite of the El Jimador's Shifty—pineapple-infused mescal, lime and sugarcane topped with Negra Modelo on the rocks, served in a cayenne-sugar-salt-rimmed glass—is the drink that induces goofy grins. 304 E 6th St between First and Second Aves (212-253-5888, mayahuelny.com)
Mercadito's selection includes the spicy, beery Happy Mich (fresh muddled watermelon, salsa picante, hibiscus, the house's "other spices" mix and Dos Equis light draft); the funky yet delicious Muppet-green Ker-Mich (cucumber, hoja santa and agave nectar topped with Dos Equis, in a cumin-salt-rimmed glass); and the superlative Tiki-Mich (pineapple, lime, and a spicy syrup made with muddled serrano peppers and Dos Equis). 172 Ave B between 10th and 11th Sts (212-388-1750, mercaditony.com)