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MARGARITA BEER SHANDY {3 Ingredient Beer Cocktail}

Who says your margarita can’t have a beer in it? This 3-Ingredient Margarita Beer Shandy combines lime, tequila, and the buttery goodness of beer to a create a well-rounded and bubbly margarita.

3 Ingredient Margarita Beer Shandy Cocktail | Take Two Tapas | #margarita #beer #Shandy #cocktails

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Some call this cocktail a Michaeleda or a Beergarita. I am going with a Margarita beer shandy because I am tossing in some tequila and limeade to bring forth the flavors of a classic margarita.

With a hint of buttery beer to round it out!

Beer hasn’t been at the top of my cocktail list for much of my drinking years, but it is quickly rising. I chose Dos Equis for this cocktail because it is a beer that I am rapidly growing to love.

Its light flavor, buttery and golden, is a nice virtue but my favorite is the fact that the carbonation is light.

Having a Dos-a-Rita at a local restaurant inspired me to include one in my 3-Ingredient Cocktail Series. A 3-Ingredient Margarita is already in the series, a few weeks ago, but one with a beer in it is not. Time to change that!

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Start with Limeade to make the 3 Ingredient Margarita Beer Shandy | Take Two Tapas

Limeade is a frequent ingredient in my cocktails because it contains the lime juice and the simple syrup components already mixed together in perfect harmony.

No need to squeeze the lime juice until your hands and fingers are numb. Or mix the lime juice with honey and water to get the perfect combination. It’s all handled for you!

Though I do use fresh limes as garnishes. Or even a light squeeze in the Margarita Beer Shandy to bring the flavor forward.

A full beer glass as my Margarita Beer Shandy Cocktail | Take Two Tapas | #margarita #beer #Shandy #cocktails


Tequila is then added to the limeade base. I prefer a Blanco Tequila for this but feel free to use a Reposado if you so desire.

The beer, again Dos Equis Lager Especial is my choice for this but if you are feeling even more adventurous try the Leinenkugel’s® Grapefruit Shandy.  

It is equally delicious! Since the carbonation is low, you don’t have to pour the beer as slow as you normally would. The limeade and the tequila help hold the bubbles at bay too.

Add the beer to your limeade and tequila mixture. Margarita Beer Shandy Cocktail | Take Two Tapas | #margarita #beer #Shandy #cocktails

All that is left to do is to garnish the Margarita Beer Shandy with a fresh lime slice. I like the look of the lime wheel on the side of the glass but it tends to get in the way.

My favorite way to garnish the cocktail is to float the lime wheel in the top of the shandy. This allows the lime juice from the slice to mix with the beer and limeade. Slowly and lightly.

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Float a lime wheel on top of the Margarita Beer Shandy | Take Two Tapas | #margarita #beer #Shandy #cocktails

Don’t let the light taste of this Margarita Beer Shandy throw you and have you guzzling them. The tequila added to the beer ups the alcohol content so please drink responsibly!

If you are even more adventurous, you can freeze your limeade tequila mixture and blend it up to make a frozen margarita base. This keeps the Margarita Beer Shandy cold longer if you drink slower than others.

3 Ingredient Margarita Beer Shandy with light carbonation | Take Two Tapas | #margarita #beer #Shandy #cocktails

If you haven’t yet tried or seen the other recipes check them out. I have a Satsuma Orange Jubilee, and Margarita, A Limoncello Lady with Prosecco, a Summer Sangria, and a Cherry Lime Bourbon Smash that you could be sipping this very weekend! All with only 3 ingredients each!


Two 3 Ingredient Margarita Beer Shandy Cocktails on a wood plank.

3 Ingredient Margarita Beer Shandy Cocktail

Yield: 1 shandy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Who says your margarita can't have a little beer in it?  My 3 Ingredient Margarita Beer Shandy combines lime, tequila, and the buttery goodness of beer to a create a well-rounded and bubbly margarita.


  • 1 ounce Blanco Tequila
  • 2 ounces limeade
  • 12 ounces beer (a lager preferably)
  • lime slices (for garnish)


  1. Mix the tequila and the limeade.
  2. Pour into your glass.
  3. Add your beer.
  4. Garnish with lime.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Saturday 27th of June 2020

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Robinson Castro

Sunday 11th of August 2019

Tried it with Leinenkugel and a twist on the simple syrup since I did have agave syrup available. It came out GREAT! Thanks


Monday 12th of August 2019

So glad you liked it!


Monday 20th of August 2018

This looks very refreshing. An interesting twist on a margarita. Will have to try this one out at the next get together.

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