- Lime wedge and salt for rim
- 1½ ounces silver tequila
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- ¾ ounce orange liqueur
- ¼ ounce agave
- 4 ounces lager
- Lime wedge for garnish
- To prepare rim, rub the rim of the glass or mug with the lime wedge.
- With the salt on a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim of the glass in the salt to coat.
- In a cocktail shaker, add ice, tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, and agave.
- Shake to chill.
- Strain into prepared glass over fresh ice.
- Top off with lager.
- Stir to mix.
- Garnish with lime wedge.
Variations and Substitutions
While you can't skip the beer in the beer margarita, you do have other options you can choose from when it comes to your drink. You can use less or more lime juice based on how sour you want your beer margarita to taste. Similarly, consider a lime-flavored beer to use. An IPA will make for a hoppier and unusual beer margarita, but it wouldn't be unheard of. Simply skip the agave for a margarita that isn't as sweet.
When served in larger batches, some beer margaritas call for equal parts lager, frozen limeade concentrate, tequila, and water. Combine these ingredients with ice in a pitcher, and serve over ice in a beer mug.
Much like the classic margarita, the beer margarita calls for a salt rim and lime wedge for its garnish. You can skip the salt rim, but keep in mind that a sugar rim might not be the best option for this style of margarita. However, you can still shake things up by using an orange or lemon wheel or slice.
About the Beer Margarita
The beer margarita, or beergarita if you prefer, may look strange at first, but with many lagers, or lime beers, the drink makes sense after a few sips. The beer margarita might be a more personal margarita than most, as it can be made in large batches to serve a group or just one at a time for a solo drink. The beer margarita is a great drink to sip, prolonging those precious margarita flavors. You can also make a beer margarita following a recipe for lime, lemon, or limeade margaritas, as well. But steer clear of fruity margaritas unless you feel up to experimenting with matching sour beers.
A New Age Margarita
The margarita might be the cocktail with the most riffs or inspired the most cocktails. Few other drinks have the reach to be able to pull off the addition of beer, after all. Go ahead and shake off those margarita expectations and add some lager to your tequila. Consider this your invitation.