How to Make a Cool, Refreshing Corona Margarita

There's nothing to take the edge off a sweltering summer day like a cold margarita. Even better when it's a Corona margarita!

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.

Thirsty for more? Check out our must-try beer cocktails and how to make a margarita three different ways! Or if you’re trying to cut calories, learn how to make a skinny margarita.

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Camille Berry
Part of the third generation in a family of restaurateurs, Camille was born with a passion for cooking and food. She embarked on a career in hospitality where she excelled as a sommelier and wine director. This hospitality experience has given her a wealth of first-hand knowledge about how to pair all manner of drinks with food—plus some serious kitchen skills. These days, she's hung up her wine key in favor of a pen and covers all aspects of food and drink.