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Tailgate with an Orange Cervezarita

By The Beer Wench, September 3, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by The Beer Wench

It’s September, and you know what that means! College and pro football and baseball are all in full swing. When it comes to game day, I can’t think of a better way to tailgate than with a super fun beer cocktail.

The inspiration for this particular cocktail comes from the margarita, the most famous tequila-based drink in the world and one of my favorites to drink during football season. Preparing a margarita with beer adds desirable effervescence and imparts its own unique flavor.

Since the traditional margarita calls for orange liqueur, in this innovative twist I chose to use Belgian Witbier: a light, fruity and slightly spicy style of beer brewed with wheat and flavored with coriander and orange peel. To further complement the orange flavors in both the beer and the liqueur, I used fresh-squeezed orange juice as the main citrus component in this cocktail.

This particular preparation is served up (martini-style), but also works really well on the rocks. Naturally, this drink pairs extremely well with a variety of south-of-the-border inspired appetizers and snacks!

Orange Cervezarita

Ingredients (Makes one cocktail)

  • 1 1/2 ounces Blanco or silver tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce agave nectar
  • 3 to 4 ounces Belgian Witbier (like Blue Moon or St. Cloud White)

Instructions

Martini version: Combine all ingredients except the beer in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a margarita or martini glass (salted rim optional). Top with 2 to 3 ounces of beer and garnish with a citrus peel.  

Rocks version: Fill a rocks or margarita glass 3/4 with ice (salted rim optional). Add all ingredients except for beer. Transfer to a shaker and shake lightly for 2 or 3 seconds and pour ingredients back into the glass, including the ice. Top with 3 to 4 ounces of beer and garnish with a citrus peel.

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So, now that you’ve got a fun and fizzy cocktail for fall game days, tell me – who are you rooting for this season, and what will you be drinking to celebrate? 

Category: Wine & Beer