Weekend cocktail blogging: Beer Margaritas
Yeah, you heard it right. Just in time before the weekend slips away, treat yourself to this awesome summer refresher.
(Yes, as a self-proclaimed cocktail snob I should be ashamed, but what can I say: I was hit on the head today, and this could be the internal hemorrhage talking.)
The basic idea is to mashup two alcoholic beverages that are very refreshing on their own for a uber-refreshing drink.
Before you start, a word of caution: there are quite a few recipes out there if you google ‘beer margarita‘; but please, please and please, do not follow them. Most of the recipes ask you to use limeade (ugh!), and give you wrong advices like avoid micro-brews to prevent overpowering your margaritas, calling instead for (gasp) Corona!
For those who use limeade (or any of those ready-made margarita mixes), to paraphrase the immortal Mr T , ‘we pity the fools’!
As for micro-brews, yes avoid the over-hopped Stone/Doghead etc, but there are many micro-brewers and homebrewers (such as moi) who make lagers and light ales that actually taste something other than lightly diluted water. So don’t be shy of using some craft/home-brewed or imported lager/ale that is on the sweeter, but less malty and certainly not hoppy side (however, for the sake of experimentation, a well-hopped ale could be tried). However, German lager, which are heavy on the malt, may not work very well.
I used my home-made California Cream Ale, which is light (~4.5% ABV) and has a very light sweetness to it and is neither very malty or hoppy.
Also, in my opinion, to really balance the beer and the tequila, I would recommend a Reposado tequila (tequila aged 2 months to a year in oak barrels). Reposados are mellower than the ‘gold’ (the lowest end of tequilas that have caramel etc added to give color, and IMO should never be used expect for college kids and poor grad students to get drunk quickly) or ‘blanco’ (un-aged tequila, that is 100% agave and quite strong consequently). They are also less expensive than the aged tequilas that are a waste in cocktails anyway. Plus, with this drink, it’s not worthwhile wasting your high-end tequilas like Patron.
This was my recipe:
- 2 parts Tequila (I used Hornitos)
- 1 part Triple-sec (again, not worth using Cointreau or anything expensive, the regular stuff will do)
- 1 part freshly squeezed juice of lime
- Home-brewed California Cream Ale to top off.
Pour everything into a shaker with lots of ice and shake. Pour into a glass that has been rimmed with margarita salt. It is better to put some fresh ice in the glass and strain the shaken mix over the ice. Carefully top off with beer.
A word of caution: this will get you drunk very fast. I assume no liabilities.