5 Beer Cocktails Inspired By Australian Sporting Legends

5 Beer Cocktails Inspired By Australian Sporting Legends

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April 2, 2018

It's time to reflect on the sporting heroes who have done Australia proud. How better to honour these true blue legends than to create a beer cocktail in their names? Delicious.

The ‘Leigh’ Shandy

Leigh Mathews is one of the most celebrated AFL players of all time, despite – in true 1970s AFL player fashion – having some truly hilarious shaggy hairstyles. Lethal Leigh played for Hawthorn in the VFL, then went on to coach Collingwood and Brisbane.

Why is he still referred to as one of the best players of the 20th century? Well, aside from the fact that all the other players in the league seemed terrified of him, Leigh booted 915 goals in 332 matches (he played for a whopping 16 years) and earned eight best and fairest awards. As a coach, he led Collingwood to a premiership in 1990 and Brisbane’s three consecutive premierships in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Let’s toast to Leigh with a classic shandy – three parts beer and one part lemonade. We’d recommend using a bottle of Pacific Radler.

The McGrath Michelada

Cricket is a beloved Australian sport and by George, Glenn McGrath is a beloved player. Considered one of the greatest bowlers in cricketing history, Glenn holds the record for the highest number of Test wickets by a fast bowler and is fourth on the all-time list.

Not only is he a great sportsperson, but Glenn McGrath is also the Co-Founder and President of the McGrath Foundation, one of the leading breast cancer support and education charities in Australia. What a legend.

We’d propose toasting this legend with a spicy michelada, mixing lime juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and a Mexican beer, such as Cantina.

Layne’s Campari IPA

If her name alone wasn’t confirmation that Layne Beachley was born to dominate the waves, we don’t know what else would be. Layne is one of the most legendary Australian surfers of all time, winning the World Championship seven times.

By the age of 20, Layne was ranked sixth in the world and is still one of the rare female surfers who has competed in a men’s surfing event – the 2004 Energy Australian Open in Newcastle. By 2006, she was inducted in the prestigious Surfer’s Hall of Fame.

Let’s sip on something refined to honour Layne the Legend. Try combining 25mL of Campari with 150mL of an IPA, like Parrotdog IPA and top off with a splash of orange juice.

The Thorpie Black and Tan

Who doesn’t love the Thorpedo? Ian Thorpe has been a champion sportsman since the age of 14, when he became the youngest ever male to represent Australia by competing in the 1998 Perth World Championships.

Since then? Yeah, pretty quiet. Except for winning five Olympic gold medals (the most won by any Australian), winning Australian Swimmer of the Year every year from 1999 to 2003 and winning Young Australian of the Year in 2000.

How about how we go a little old school and make a Black and Tan? All you need to do if pour half of a lighter beer (maybe a pale ale like, Coopers Pale Ale) and top with a darker beer (usually a stout, like Coopers Extra Stout).

Michelle Payne’s (Almost) Beer Punch

In 2015 Michelle became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, riding Prince of Penzance. In her champion’s speech, Michelle took the opportunity to let the naysayers know that “women can do anything and we can beat the world!”. Nice one, Michelle.

We might cheat a bit here and suggest a ginger beer cocktail – almost counts, right? Treat some friends to a pitcher of ginger beer punch, combining ginger beer, pineapple juice, soda water and vodka.