A shandy beergarita is a light and fruity take on a margarita! This beer margarita is simple to make and can easily be flavored by using whatever shandy you like!
Here in Nashville, I think it’s safe to say that it’s solidly springtime. Birds are chirping (loudly, and early early), baseball games are on our TV, and I’ve resumed my search for that bottle of self-tanner I just know is hiding somewhere in the bathroom cabinets.
Springtime also means that patio happy hours will once again commence, and what better way to celebrate than by whipping up a beer margarita. They’re SO simple to make and can easily be flavored by using your favorite flavor of shandy.
Why shandy is a good choice
Shandies are a lovely beer and juice or soda combo that just screams warm weather.
They’re light, fruity, and when they’re ice cold? Holy summer beer trifecta. Just let me slather on some SPF and point me in the direction of the nearest lawn chair.
These beergaritas, or beer margaritas, use shandy as a base. I usually pick up a variety pack of shandy flavors, which meant we had the option of using lemon, grapefruit, orange, or ginger shandy in our drinks.
Basically we had our own shandy beergarita bar where everyone picked their favorite flavor. Highly recommend! Talk about easy barkeeping.
These shandy beergaritas are pretty speedy to make, so don’t worry about peeling yourself away from the baseball game for too long, or missing your turn in Cornhole.
The shandy flavor of your choosing is poured over ice, with tequila, triple sec, and lime juice stirred in. That’s it! I bet so-and-so is still up at bat, undoing and redoing his batting gloves over and over between pitches. You didn’t miss anything.
As an extra festive citrusy/salty touch, I mixed together salt and lime zest to use to rim the glasses. You can certainly omit, or use sugar even if you’re jonesing for a little sweetness.
And I can’t possibly share a carbonated mixed drink with you without mentioning to you this: carbonated drinks and cocktail shakers DO NOT mix.
All of that carbonation pressurizes the shaker big time, and odds are the lid will fly off and you’ll be left cleaning sticky drink contents
and an inch of dust from the tops of your kitchen cabinets. So please, stir and don’t shake these shandy beergaritas. Doing a kitchen deep clean totally squashes that celebratory/it’s spring YAY vibe.
P.S. check out this maraschino snakebite for another beer-centered mixed drink recipe. Also refreshing!
- Think beyond just standard shandy. Different fruit flavors can easily diversify your cocktail offerings at a party. I really like grapefruit.
- Please stir and don’t shake (there’s carbonation).
- 4.5 oz shandy beer (your preferred flavor)
- 1.5 oz silver tequila
- 0.5 oz triple sec
- Juice of half a lime
- Salt and lime zest for rimming glass (optional)
- If rimming the glass, mix together salt and lime zest on a small plate. Wet the outside rim of the glass with water and press moistened edge into the salt/lime zest mixture. Add ice to glass.
- Over ice, pour shandy, tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Stir to combine.
Nutritional information is provided as an estimate. As it can vary due to many factors (brands used, quantities, etc.), we cannot guarantee its accuracy.