Refreshing Beer Margaritas Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Total Time
Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
A beer margarita gives you the casual ease of a beer with the citrusy pop of a margarita. Cheers!

Updated: Jan. 26, 2024

Part beer, part tequila, all delicious margarita. Our beer margarita is a refreshing concoction that’s unusual and delicious. To make it, beer and tequila are combined with limeade and sweet and sour mix to create one giant pitcher that serves six. It’s so easy to stir up, you’ll be sipping on a beer margarita on the rocks in no time.

Beer Margarita Ingredients

  • Kosher salt: Be sure to use a coarse sea salt, like kosher salt, when lining the glass rims. Fine sea salt will dissolve almost immediately.
  • Beer: A margarita with beer sounds funky, but we promise the taste of hops makes a classic margarita absolutely sing!
  • Limeade: You can find canned limeade in the freezer section of your grocery store. Don’t forget to thaw it before using.
  • Tequila: Grab a bottle of one of our recommendations for the best tequila for margaritas to smooth out this drink.
  • Sweet and sour mix: Available at most grocery and liquor stores, sweet and sour mix balances the flavors in your beer margarita. You can also make your own sweet and sour mix at home!


Step 1: Prepare the glasses

If desired, line the glasses with a salt rim: Use lime slices to moisten the rims of six margarita or cocktail glasses. Pour the salt on a plate. Hold each glass upside down, and dip the rims into the salt. Discard the remaining salt.

Step 2: Mix up the margarita

In a pitcher, stir together the beer, limeade concentrate, tequila and sweet and sour mix until combined.

Step 3: Garnish and serve

Add ice cubes to the prepared glasses. Evenly distribute the beer margarita among them. Garnish each glass with a lime slice.

Cups of Refreshing Beer Margaritas with slices of lemon on sideTMB Studio

Recipe Variations

  • Replace some (or all) of the fruit concentrate: Lemon or orange concentrate would pair excellently with this beer margarita. Replace all the limeade or just half of it.
  • Line with a Tajin rim: Want to add some spice? Omit the rim’s coarse sea salt, and use Tajin seasoning instead.
  • Swap the sweet and sour mix: Feel free to substitute your favorite margarita mix for the sweet and sour mix.

Can you store beer margaritas?

We don’t recommend storing leftover beer margaritas once the beer has been added as the carbonation will go flat. However, you can stir together the limeade concentrate, tequila, and sweet and sour mix, then store it in the fridge. Stir in the beer when you’re ready to serve your beer margaritas.

Beer Margarita Tips

Refreshing Beer Margaritas in cups with a straw and lemon on sideTMB Studio

What type of beer should I use?

You’ll want a fairly light beer for a beer margarita. We recommend a Modelo, Bud Light Lime, Shock Top, Tecate or Corona (which gives this drink the iconic “Coronarita” name). Steer away from dark and robust beers, and don’t even think about a Guinness.

What should I serve with a beer margarita?

Any great beer margarita has a bowl of fresh guacamole or homemade salsa trailing closely behind. A bag of the best tortilla chips is essential. For a full meal, go for any one of our top 10 Mexican dinner recipes, like slow-cooked carnitas or garlic beef enchiladas.

Beer Margarita

Prep Time 5 min
Yield 6 servings.


  • Lime slices and kosher salt, optional
  • 2 bottles (12 ounces each) beer
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup sweet and sour mix
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime slices


  1. If desired, use lime slices to moisten the rims of six margarita or cocktail glasses. Sprinkle salt on a plate; hold each glass upside down and dip rims into salt. Discard remaining salt.
  2. In a pitcher, combine the beer, concentrate, tequila and sweet and sour mix. Serve in prepared glasses over ice. Garnish with lime slices.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 244 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 8mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

I'm always surprised when people say they didn't know this drink existed. It's a really refreshing cocktail, and it's easy to double or triple the recipe. —Arianne Barnett, Kansas City, Missouri