Improved Mendota

[Photo: Wes Rowe]

Think of this beer cocktails as a variation on the mimosa, but full of fresh and tangy flavor from grapefruit juice and hoppy IPA. At Southpaw BBQ, Edward Calhoun uses Ninkasi Tricerahops for the beer base, but feel free to experiment with any hoppy IPA or double IPA.

Improved Mendota

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:10 minutes
This recipe appears in: Brunch Drinks: 3 Refreshing New Recipes from Southpaw BBQ in San Francisco


  • 12 ounces chilled IPA or Double IPA (such as Ninkasi Tricerahops)
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) freshly squeezed juice from 1 to 2 grapefruits
  • Garnish: grapefruit twist


  1. 1

    Pour IPA into serving glass. Add grapefruit juice and stir very gently. Serve immediately, garnished with a grapefruit twist.

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