Beer Margarita

Beergarita, beerita: call it what you will! Here’s the very best beer margarita recipe: fresh and all natural with tart lime, tequila and beer.

Beer margarita

Why not add a little lager to your margarita? Yes, a beer margarita is a thing: also known as a beergarita or a beerita. Call it what you will: hops pair perfectly with the tart lime and orange perfume of a margarita. Here’s the thing: most beer margarita recipes call for frozen limeade concentrate. But that’s not what a great cocktail is made of, is it? Here’s an all natural beer margarita with no limeade: just pure lime juice against the citrus and bitter notes of a beer. It became an instant favorite around here! Here are all our secrets.

Another great beer cocktail? Try the Michelada.

What’s in a beer margarita?

As the name suggests, a beer margarita is simply a margarita served with beer. The margarita itself is a classic alcoholic drink on the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails. This means that there’s an “official” definition of the margarita: the beerita just adds beer:

  • Tequila
  • Cointreau (orange liqueur)
  • Lime juice
  • Beer

That’s right: there’s no added sugar in a margarita! (There’s a small amount in the Cointreau.) No need to make this drink sickly sweet. As mentioned above: most beer margarita recipes call for frozen limeade concentrate. For our take, we wanted to stick with the classic margarita: so we simply added our classic margarita plus beer. The flavor is so pure, tangy, and nuanced from the beer: it’s truly a head above the rest.

Beer margarita

The type of beer for a beergarita

To make a great beer margarita, you can’t add just any old beer, either! There are a few options we recommend:

  • Use a lager for a classic flavor, like Corona since it’s a Mexican beer. Or,
  • Step it up Craft IPA! This is what we did for ours, and it really took it over the top. Choose a hoppy IPA with citrus notes.

How to make a beer margarita

To mix up your own beerita, there’s not much to it! You don’t even need to use a cocktail shaker with this one, which makes it even easier. Here’s what to do:

  1. Rim the glass with salt. Salt enhances the sweet and sour flavors in the drink, and gives you that classic margarita flavor.
  2. Stir together in the serving glass. Take that tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau, and stir it together in the mixing glass.
  3. Add ice and pour in beer. Then just pour in chilled beer! The beer adds just the right bubbly carbonation to this classic drink.
Beergarita

Salt rim optional!

For this beer margarita, we skipped the salt rim for a little variation. (Hey, we have 10+ margaritas and they all have a salt rim!) You don’t need it for the flavor! But if you love that classic margarita salty zing, feel free to add it prior to mixing up your beergarita.

The best salt for a salt rim? Use kosher salt or flaky sea salt, since they have the best texture. But if you want to make it look even more festive, try a batch of our Margarita Salt. The green and orange colors of lime and orange zest look beautiful against the glass. Alex and I love doing this for entertaining.

Beerita
This beer margarita uses clear ice for a stunning look

When to serve a beer margarita

The beergarita is really perfect for anytime you’d serve a regular margarita! It’s great with Mexican-style food of all kinds: serve with shrimp tacos, guacamole, salsa, and grilled corn for a stellar meal. Or serve it as a:

  • Happy hour drink
  • Summer patio drink
  • Dinner party drink
  • Late night drink
  • Guys or girls night drink
  • Cocktail hour drink
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Beer Margarita (Better Than the Rest!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Beergarita, beerita: call it what you will! Here’s the very best beer margarita recipe: fresh and all natural with tart lime, tequila and beer.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) tequila blanco or reposado*
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) Cointreau
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) chilled beer (lager for classic taste, hoppy IPA with citrus notes for something more interesting)
  • Ice, to serve
  • Garnish: lime wheel
  • Optional: kosher salt for salt rim

Instructions

  1. Optional: Cut a notch in a lime wedge, then run the lime around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of flaky sea salt (or for a festive look, use our Margarita Salt).
  2. Add tequila, Cointreau and lime juice to the serving glass and stir to combine.
  3. Add ice and pour beer over top. Garnish with a lime wheel.

  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Beer margarita

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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