Beer & Tequila Cocktail: No Frills but Lots of Flavor

Try our basic, bare-bones drink recipe when you can't choose between beer and tequila. Or dress it up any way you want if you're into that.

Updated January 31, 2024
beer with tequila cocktail

Tequila... check! Beer... check! Oh - was there something else you needed? Sometimes simple is best, like this easy combo of beer and tequila in a glass. We love a straightforward drink. 

Cocktail With Beer & Tequila

No bells. No whistles. We're all business with this one. We're so all about business, we didn't even bother with a clever name (but feel free to give it your own name). You're welcome.


  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 6-8 ounces lager to top off
  • Lime wedge for garnish


  1. In a pint glass, add tequila.
  2. Top off with lager.
  3. Garnish with lime wedge.

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Variations of the Beer With Tequila

We promise it doesn't taste like paint thinner. Beer & tequila play well together when they're in the same glass for our no-frills beertail. Even though this beer tequila cocktail only calls for two ingredients, you can punch it up to three (or more — we won't judge) or swap a few around to style your drink to better suit your preferences.

  • Vary the types of lager you try, from something with a fruitier palate to something that complements the flavors of tequila like a Mexican lager. An American lager will have a crisp taste, but a pilsner will make the drink a bit lighter.
  • Give it a bolder lime flavor by adding approximately half an ounce of lime juice, a little less if you want it subtle, or a little more if you love lime.
  • Don't feel like you need to limit your drink to silver tequila. Try it out with a reposado or añejo. If you prefer a smooth oak or caramel flavor, use reposado. Añejo should be your pick if you want a bolder flavor that's a little sweeter than reposado.
  • Completely flip the script for something a bit smokier by using mezcal; this will also give the lager a taste of a rauchbier, or smoked beer.


Want even fewer frills? Skip the garnish. Or, if you want a few more frills, jazz it up. You know what you're about, and we respect that. 

  • Change out the lime wedge for a lime slice or wheel instead.
  • A salt rim would fit in quite nicely. Rub the rim of the glass with a lime wedge, then dip the entire rim, or just a small section, in salt. Do all this before you add the ingredients to the glass.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of lime zest over the top of the head of the beer.
  • Play off of the flavors of the beer you chose, using a lemon or orange garnish instead of lime.
Quick Tip

With a few more ingredients, the beer and tequila cocktail becomes a lagerita. You only need to add orange liqueur and agave. 

A Beer for When You Want Something a Little More

Life's too short to compromise when you can't decide whether to enjoy a beer or a cocktail. With a beer and tequila drink, there's no longer a need to make that decision. And it's an easy out when your friends are pushing tequila shots. Empty your shot glass into your beer and enjoy your tequila in peace.

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Beer & Tequila Cocktail: No Frills but Lots of Flavor