February 19, 2021
"Almost makes a beer turn into a margarita"
- Serving Size: 1 (538.2 g)
- Calories 202.2
- Total Fat - 0.4 g
- Saturated Fat - 0.1 g
- Cholesterol - 0 mg
- Sodium - 186.9 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 33.7 g
- Dietary Fiber - 1.7 g
- Sugars - 5.4 g
- Protein - 2.3 g
- Calcium - 32 mg
- Iron - 0.4 mg
- Vitamin C - 59.1 mg
- Thiamin - 0.1 mg
Step by Step Method
Rim a highball glass with salt (see note). Place glass in refrigerator to chill.
Pour tequila, simple syrup, lemon juice and lime juice into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well.
Strain into the chilled glass. Top up slowly with the beer, leaving a little foam on top. Serve immediately.
*NOTE* use margarita salt, or use a citrus salt. To make citrus salt, combine 2 teaspoons of lemon or lime zest with 1/4 cup kosher salt.
No special items needed.
The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.
- When selecting a beer, choose a light colored beer such as Corona, or a light lager.
- When making the citrus salt, use freshly grated lemon or lime zest for the best flavor.
- Substitute tequila with white rum: The benefit of this substitution is that it provides a slightly different flavor profile that is still light and refreshing, while still providing the same level of alcohol content. The thinking behind this substitution is that the sweetness of the rum will complement the citrusy notes of the lemon and lime juice.
- Substitute Corona with a wheat beer: The benefit of this substitution is that it provides a slightly more complex flavor that is still light and refreshing. The thinking behind this substitution is that the wheat beer will add a slight nutty flavor that will pair nicely with the citrusy notes of the lemon and lime juice.
Tequila Sunrise El Chonie Replace the beer with 2 ounces of orange juice and 1/2 ounce of grenadine syrup. Rim the highball glass with sugar instead of salt. Shake the tequila, simple syrup, lemon juice, lime juice, and orange juice together with ice and strain into the chilled glass. Top up slowly with the grenadine syrup, leaving a little foam on top. Serve immediately.
Grilled Fish Tacos with Avocado Salsa. This dish is the perfect accompaniment to El Chonie, as the light and fresh flavors of the fish tacos will complement the citrusy and salty flavors of the drink. The avocado salsa adds a creamy texture and a nice balance to the flavor of the drink.
Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas: These flavorful enchiladas are the perfect way to round out the meal. The smoky and spicy flavors of the chipotle chicken will complement the citrusy and salty flavors of El Chonie, while the creamy enchilada sauce adds a nice balance to the dish. The combination of flavors will be sure to please any palate.
Q: How much salt is needed to rim the glass?
A: About 2 teaspoons of margarita salt, or a combination of 2 teaspoons of lemon or lime zest with 1/4 cup kosher salt.
Q: What type of alcohol can be used in a margarita?
A: Tequila is the traditional and most popular alcohol used in a margarita, but other types of alcohol such as vodka, rum, and gin can also be used.
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