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Killer Beer Margarita

This perfectly blended beer margarita has just the right balance of lime and tequila to make it margarita season all year round. While it’s called a beer margarita, you won’t even taste the beer.

Just add a few splashes of beer – about a quarter cup to a pitcher – and it will cut down on the tartness and makes it much more smooth and drinkable. This certainly isn’t a new revelation – the “beerita” has been around for some time – but this version is the perfect blend.

Beer Margarita Recipe

What’s in a Beer Margarita?

  • Limeade
  • Tequila
  • Triple Sec
  • Juice and zest of one lime
  • Light Beer
  • Ice
  • Kosher salt
  • Grand Marnier (optional)

What Type of Tequila is Best for Margaritas?

There are three main types of tequila to choose from and they offer different flavor profiles and price points.

Tequila Blanco aka Silver

Tequila Blanco has not been aged and has a classic, clean agave taste with notes of pepper and citrus with a spicy finish.

Tequila Reposado

Tequila Reposado is aged 2 to 12 months in oak barrels and has a smooth flavor with hints of oak, vanilla, and caramel.

Tequila Añejo

Tequila Añejo is aged 1 to 4 years in oak barrels and tastes richer, with notes of vanilla and cinnamon. Añejo is intended more for sipping straight or on the rocks.

Since Añejo is not intended for margaritas that leaves two main types of tequila to use in a margarita: reposado or blanco. Blanco will give your margarita more of a true agave flavor while reposado has a rich, distinctive, smoother taste.

Blanco is generally the more affordable tequila and is the most widely used tequila in a margarita. However, you can find affordable, mid and top-shelf tequila blanco or resposado so add the tequila that you prefer.

What Kind of Beer Goes in a Beer Margarita?

Any Mexican lager or ale works, like a Corona, Pacifico, Tecate or Modelo, but any kind of light beer will do.

What is a Beer Margarita Called?

A beer margarita goes by many names but you can call it a Beerita, Beergarita, Coronita Margarita, Mexican Bulldog, Iceberg Margarita or a Margarita Beer Shandy.


Margarita with Beer Recipe

Margarita with Beer

Yield: 2

Whether it’s Cinco de Mayo, the 4th of July, or cocktail hour at home this is the perfect margarita all year round!


  • 1 (6 ounce) Can frozen limeade concentrate
  • 6 Fluid ounces tequila (blanco or reposado)
  • 2 Fluid ounces Triple Sec
  • Juice and zest of one lime
  • 1/4 cup of beer (a light beer, nothing dark)
  • Ice
  • Kosher salt
  • Grand Marnier (optional)


    1. Pour kosher salt onto small plate and mix with lime zest.
    2. Wet rims of glasses and dip rims into salt mixture.
    3. Fill blender with crushed ice.
    4. Pour in limeade concentrate, tequila, triple sec, lime juice and beer.
    5. Blend until smooth.
    6. Pour into margarita glasses, drizzle a small amount of grand marnier on top (a “float”), if desired.


This is a frozen margarita recipe, but you can absolutely make it on-the-rocks! Just Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker instead of a blender and give it a good shake for about 10 seconds or until chilled. Use a measuring cup and stir if you don't have a shaker.

Add Jalapeno slices to make it spicy.

Here are more tasty Margaritas and South of the Border recipes to try:

Kristy Bernardo
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Friday 4th of July 2014

the secret to a killer margarita!! #cocktail #margarita


Thursday 12th of January 2012

I love margaritas with beer! Even before stumbling on this advice, I found it myself while drinking once. I have the tendency to mix alcohol with just about everything (even with other alcohol), and I find that the often bitter and smooth taste of beer can really go well with sweet and sour tastes. Of course, if you overdo this it may just taste absolutely horrendous. Keep the alcohol-related posts coming!

Amanda Marie

Friday 25th of November 2011

I dunno about margaritas, but I'm a fan of two pina coladas. One for each hand. Sounds so good!


Thursday 3rd of November 2011

Thanks to you and your sister for the secret. I usually bring sangria (which I must say, I do quite well) to all of my friend's BBQ, but maybe I'll throw them for a loop and do up some margaritas instead!


Monday 26th of September 2011

I have a wonderful excess of tequilla and this is the recipe I've been looking for! Can't wait to try it out this weekend.

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