Key Lime Beergaritas. | How Sweet It Is

I made these for your tacos!

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And for your big, huge fun super bowl party this weekend. It’s the best of both worlds because it’s a margarita and it’s beer. Tequila plus beer might equal some small issues in party behavior but I’m willing to take the chance.

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And key limes! The most delicious key lime juice also makes its way into the pitcher and I couldn’t be more excited.

This picture does the key limes no justice, but they are the cutest little citrus rounds I’ve ever got my hands on. And they are so sweet! But so tart! But so bright! But so tart.

I know. Because I ate one. It was a rough day.

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Also. I tried to do it.

I tried not to add the crushed ice to the margarita photo.

But I just.can’t.stop.

The drink looks so much more appealing when surround by a huge pile of frosty ice!

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I’ve made beergaritas once before, but it was using ginger beer. Not BEER beer. I’ve always been hesitant about making them from scratch because it seems like every recipe calls for tequila, beer and… frozen limeade. I’m sooo not a fan of margaritas or drinks with any sort of sours mix (tastes like college, amirite?) and was hesitant about the tequila + beer, even though I really like tequila.

But I did it! For us. All in the name of cocktail sacrifice.

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As for what kind of beer to use, I used Corona and I think Tecate (and the like) would be great too. As long as you like the taste of the beer AND you like margaritas, you will like these babies. I included a recipe for a pitcher below (hello game day fun!) but I think it’s important to note that you might need to adjust some of the flavors to your tastes.

To make a pitcher, I rarely multiply the tequila by ten (or however many people I’m serving) because the drink can be super strong and taste only of tequila. Start with the recipe for the pitcher below, and add more booziness or syrup to your liking.

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That means lots of tastes for you! It’s okay. It’s weekend eve! You deserve it.

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Key Lime Beergaritas


for a single:

  • 2 ounces key lime juice
  • 2 ounces beer (such as Corona)
  • 1 ½ ounces silver tequila
  • 1/2 ounce grand marnier liqueur (you can sub triple sec, I much prefer GM)
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • fresh key limes for garnish
  • coarse salt for the rim

for a pitcher: (serves about 4)

  • 1 cup key lime juice
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1/3 to ½ cup silver tequila
  • 1/4 cup grand marnier liqueur (you can sub triple sec, I much prefer GM)
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • fresh key limes for garnish
  • coarse salt for the rim


The key to make these super delicious is to use frosty glasses! So a few hours (or the night) before, stick your glasses in the freezer. I suggest making a single serving first and taste it so you can add more/less tequila or syrup to your liking. Everyone is different and prefers their drinks a different way, so feel free to add more or less tequila, more simple syrup, more lime juice, etc. This is my absolute favorite combo listed above.

Before serving, rim the edge of the glass with a lime slice and then dip it in coarse salt to coat. Fill the glass with just a few ice cubes or even with crushed ice – my ice preference of late.

In a shaker, combine the lime juice, beer, tequila, grand marnier and simple syrup. Shake well for 30 seconds, then pour it over the crushed ice. Garnish with the extra limes.

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Eeeep! Those adorable little green gems.

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