1 ½ ounces* tequila blanco or reposado*
1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce fresh lime juice
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
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).
Add tequila, Cointreau and lime juice to the serving glass and stir to combine.
Add ice and pour beer over top. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Beergarita, beerita: call it what you will! Here’s the best beer margarita recipe: fresh and all natural with real lime and tequila.
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:
Cointreau (orange liqueur)
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.
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 beegarita, 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.