Among the dozens of classic cocktails out there, nothing quite says “summer” like a margarita. Take your ice-cold cocktail game to the next level by mixing up a Corona margarita. It’s outrageously refreshing and incredibly tasty. And of course, a Corona margarita is sensational with Mexican food.
It’s All About the Beer
Corona is ideal for a beer margarita, but you can get away with most crisp, lighter lagers. You don’t want anything with a strong flavor, just something that will add a cool, refreshing layer to the classic margarita.
Get Your Mix Right
Do yourself a favor and make your own sweet and sour mix. Store-bought versions can be full of unwanted additions and frankly won’t taste anywhere near as good as a homemade mix. Plus, it’s so simple to make.
How to Make Beer Margaritas
You can easily double—or triple!—the recipe.
- Lime slices and kosher salt
- 2 bottles (12 ounces each) Corona or other lager beer
- 1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
- 3/4 cup tequila
- 1/4 cup sweet and sour mix (See recipe below. You can also find it at your liquor store or on Amazon.)
- Ice cubes
- Lime slices, to garnish
For homemade sweet and sour mix:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup fresh lime juice
Step 1: Mix Your Sweet & Sour
Add sugar and water to a pan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes. Take the pan off the heat and gently stir in the lemon and lime juices. Let cool completely, then bottle.
When kept in the fridge, your homemade sour mix should last about 2 weeks.
Step 2: Salt Your Glasses
Use lime slices to moisten the rims of six margarita or cocktail glasses. Pour salt onto a plate. Then dip each glass into the salt.
Pro Tip: You can substitute sugar for salt or use flavored salts to jazz things up. You can also skip this step completely if you’re watching your salt intake.
Step 3: Assemble Your Margaritas
Combine the beer, limeade concentrate, tequila and sweet and sour mix in a large pitcher. Serve in prepared glasses over ice. Garnish with fresh lime slices.
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