Strawberry French Monaco Drink

Celebrate everything you love about beer with a refreshing and bright beer cocktail—the Strawberry French Monaco Drink! Featuring a homemade strawberry syrup, lemon juice and beer, this bubbly twist on a Monaco cocktail is downright addictive. Makes 2 drinks.

Love strawberry cocktails? Don’t miss Strawberry Margarita, Strawberry Old Fashioned and Strawberry Moscow Mule!

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Today, I’m so excited to bring y’all the first of many guest posts from my sweet friends while I take maternity leave.

First up is my pal, Meg, who has a thing for cocktails, too.

In celebration of Baby Speckle’s arrival, she made us a gorgeous and super colorful cocktail to enjoy all season long. Whether we’re sipping it for brunch or enjoying on a football game day, I have a feeling these Strawberry French Monaco Beer Cocktails will be DELICIOUS!

Be sure to swing by Meg’s blog to give her some love! – Erin

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    Hello lovely friends! I am here to toast the newest Speckle to the Speckled Palate family, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

    My name is Meghan, and I blog over at Cake ‘n Knife, where I share and celebrate everyday gathering through food and travel. From uncomplicated gourmet recipes to crazy foodie adventures, you can always find me stuffing my face with one hand and a cocktail in the other.

    Speaking of cocktail, that’s exactly what I am sharing with you today!

    I figured it was appropriate since our lovely Erin is now enjoying some well-deserved rest and can hopefully kick back with a cocktail.

    I know how much Erin loves beer, whether it’s drinking it or cooking with it, so naturally I had to go for a light beer cocktail to celebrate her maternity leave!

    Why I love this French Monaco drink (and why you will, too!)

    If you are a beer lover, you are going to totally flip out over this cocktail. If you are a cocktail person, you are totally going to flip out over this cocktail.

    Why? Because it is a perfectly balanced drink that’s bubbly and sweet, with just the right hint of beer flavor at the end of each sip.

    Beer cocktails have been all the rage lately, but the ones that you find in bars tend to be a little complicated and hard to replicate at home. At least for the REALLY good ones, in my humble opinion.

    So whip up a batch of these the next time you have friends or family over. Everyone will be begging you for the recipe!

    Cheers to Erin and Baby Speckle! Hopefully she can imbibe in one of these bad boys soon 😉

    Other light and bubbly cocktails you should check out: Dark and Stormy (Rum Moscow Mule) | Blended Mimosas | Framboise Champagne Cocktail | Blueberry Mint Juleps | Pomegranate French 75

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      What will I need to make this Strawberry French Monaco Cocktail?

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      In addition to these tools, you’re going to need a few “pantry” staples.

      • Strawberries—fresh or frozen work!
      • Granulated sugar
      • Lemon juice—preferably from fresh lemons or the fresh squeezed kind that you can purchase in the refrigerated section of your grocery store
      • Pale ale—I used Stella Artois, but any other light ale that doesn’t have strong fruit flavors will work!
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      How to make a Strawberry French Monaco Drink

      This beer cocktail couldn’t be simpler to make. It starts with a homemade strawberry syrup that takes about 5 minutes to make. Yes, really, only 5 minutes!

      Then you layer in a bit of simple syrup, lemon juice and top it all off with a pale lager. The result is absolutely stunning in its pink color.

      Honestly, when you look at it, you wouldn’t even think this delightful cocktail has beer in it.

      Make The Strawberry Syrup

      Remove the stems of the strawberries, and blend until smooth in your blender or a food processor.

      Strain the strawberries over a small saucepan with a fine mesh strainer. This step will remove any clumps that didn’t get pulverized in the blender.

      Measure in the sugar, and bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves.

      Remove from heat and cool completely before using in the cocktail. I like to store this in a mason jar in the fridge so it’s always ready to go, should I need to make a Strawberry French Monaco drink!

      Make the French Monaco Cocktail

      Choose your glassware, first and foremost. I like to use two tall cocktail glasses, like the ones shown in these photos.

      Measure in simple syrup and the lemon juice to each glass. Stir until combined.

      Next, measure in the homemade strawberry syrup into each glass. Top each glass with light lager. Stir until combined, then garnish with a lemon twist and serve immediately.

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      Meg’s Easy Entertaining Tips

      Wouldn’t these beautiful, naturally pink Strawberry French Monaco Drinks be the perfect party drink?

      Whether you’re hosting friends for brunch, a happy hour or even a baby shower (where the mama-to-be approves of booze, seeing as she can’t enjoy it herself.)

      Here are some ideas to make things as easy as possible on yourself when hosting and serving this delightful, bubbly cocktail:

      • Double the recipe. If you’re hosting a crowd, you’ll want to have enough drinks for everyone!
      • Make the strawberry syrup in advance. Keep it cool in the fridge until it’s time to make these cocktails happen.
      • Have the rest of the ingredients prepped and ready to go. This means, you need to have the lemons juiced (or to have purchased pre-squeezed lemon juice.) You also need regular simple syrup, which you can purchase in the drink aisle at most grocery stores, or you can make your own, too.
      • Let guests serve themselves! I like to print out or write out the recipe for this Monaco cocktail and put it on my bar, along with the other ingredients, and let people mix their own! Be sure to have glasses, a jigger and lemon peel garnishes ready to go.
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      Frequently Asked Questions

      Can I make this into a regular French Monaco Drink without the strawberry?

      Sure! While it won’t be as colorful, you could use the recipe below in the recipe card and simply omit the strawberry syrup. If it’s a little tart, add a little extra simple syrup for sweetness.

      What are some other strawberry drinks that I might enjoy?

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      Now who’s ready for a strawberry rendition of the French Monaco Drink?

      Scroll on down to learn how to make this at home…

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        Strawberry French Monaco

        Meghan Snow, Cake ‘n Knife
        Celebrate everything you love about beer with a refreshing and bright beer cocktail – the Strawberry French Monaco! Featuring a homemade strawberry syrup, fresh lemon juice and a pale lager, this perfectly sippable drink is downright addictive.
        5 from 1 vote
        Servings 2 drinks
        Calories 493 kcal
        Prep Time 5 minutes
        Cook Time 5 minutes
        Cooling Time for Syrup 45 minutes
        Total Time 55 minutes

        Ingredients
          

        Strawberry Syrup

        • 2 cups strawberries tops removed and hulled
        • ½ cup granulated sugar

        French Monaco

        • 2 oz. simple syrup
        • 2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice freshly squeezed
        • 3 oz. strawberry syrup recipe above
        • 12 oz. pale lager like Stella Artois
        • Lemon Peel for garnish

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        Instructions
         

        Make the Strawberry Syrup

        • Blend strawberries until smooth in a blender.
        • Strain the strawberries over a small saucepan with a fine mesh strainer. 
        • Stir sugar for the syrup into the saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
        • Cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool completely before using in the cocktail.

        Make the French Monaco

        • Set out two tall cocktail glasses.
        • Add 1 oz. simple syrup and 1 oz. lemon juice to each glass. Stir until combined.
        • Stir in 1 ½ oz strawberry syrup into each glass. Top each glass with 6 oz light lager, stirring to combine.
        • Garnish with a lemon twist and serve immediately.

        Notes

        Make the strawberry syrup in advance, and keep it in the refrigerator for up to a week.

        Nutrition

        Serving: 1drinkCalories: 493kcalCarbohydrates: 112gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSodium: 17mgFiber: 4gSugar: 100g
        Keyword beer, cocktail, lemon, strawberry
        Course Drinks & Cocktails
        Cuisine American
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        About the Author:

        Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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