Beer Margaritas
Beer is an unexpected ingredient in this classic cocktail, although no one would ever guess it’s there. When entertaining a large group, double or triple the batch as needed. For extra easy preparation, use the limeade container to measure out the ingredients.

Yield: 48 ounces… 8 (6-ounce) or 12 (4-ounce) servings


  • 1 (12-ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate (thawed but cold)
  • 12 ounces tequila*
  • 6 ounces Sprite** (could use 7-Up or Sierra Mist)
  • 6 ounces cold water
  • 12 ounces beer (Corona Light or Bud Lime are good options, but use your favorite)
  • Lots of ice
  • 2 limes, sliced or cut into wedges
  • Optional: kosher salt for rim of glasses


  1. Pour the limeade, tequila, Sprite, water and beer into a large glass pitcher. Stir with a long-handled spoon.
  2. If using salt, sprinkle it into a wide, shallow bowl, and then swipe around the rim of each serving glass with a lime wedge. Dip the glass in the salt to lightly coat the rim.
  3. Fill the glass with ice before adding the margarita mixture. Garnish with a lime wedge. Leftovers freeze well and will become slushy-like. As such, they may be served as a frozen margarita.


*Tequila recommendations: Casamigos or don Julio Blanco are favorites among friends, although I often use Jose Cuervo. Any decent white tequila (or tequila blanco) will work well.
**The small amount of soda adds just a hint of sweetness. I have tried these with the whole (12-ounce) can of Sprite and no water but prefer the water-soda mix.

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