A little twist on the classic margarita – a limey drink mixed with some delicious craft Pale Ale!

Pale Ale Margaritas

My love for the classic margarita runs deep. The salty rim, the tart fresh squeezed lime juice, the tequila….ohhhhh the tequila! A good margarita is one of my favourite things, no matter the season. And when it’s paired with some rich Mexican food?!? Yes! Just yes.

Pale Ale Margaritas

British Columbia has so much great beer that it can be overwhelming (and amazing) when trying to figure out what beer to try next. We have our favourite local spots, of course. Chilliwack has two breweries, but my favourite is Old Yale Brewing – a lovely little place that has an AMAZING, out of this world, classic pale ale.

Plus, when we first moved here they had one of those “come in and chill” vibes that we really enjoyed AND they let our puppy come in and hang out. Seriously.

Pale Ale Margaritas

I recently filled up my growler with some pale ale and decided to use some of it for a pre-dinner cocktail this weekend. Not sure if the folks at Old Yale want to burn me at the stake for this, but whatever…they aren’t sponsoring me and I’m going to keep going back.

Pale Ale Margaritas

Pale Ale Margaritas

This margarita is a classic marg at heart, really, with some beer dumped into it. But don’t think this shizzle is a hack job – it is SO tasty!! When our glasses were dry and we ran out of ice it was a VERY upsetting time.

To the store!! And then more of these babies.

Pale Ale Margaritas


Pale Ale Margaritas

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 drinks


  • 4 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 4 ounces craft Pale Ale
  • 4 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce grand marnier liqueur (or triple sec)
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • fresh lime wedges, for garnish
  • coarse salt for the rim


  1. Before serving, rim the edge of the glasses with a lime slice and then dip them in coarse salt to coat. Fill the glasses with crushed ice (or a few ice cubes) and set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, pale ale, tequila, grand marnier and simple syrup. Shake well for 30 seconds and then pour the mixture over the crushed ice. Garnish with fresh lime wedges and enjoy.

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9 Responses to Pale Ale Margaritas

  1. There’s this place nearby that does beer twists on classic cocktails – i.e. Beermosas and such. I’ve tried a few and they were awesome, but I’ve never tried a beer-based marg! This looks so insanely creative and delicious!

  2. Sues says:

    Any place that lets a puppy in sounds like my kind of place! I love beer cocktails- so summery and happy (and perfect for this weird warm New England weather we’re having!).

  3. Maria says:

    Margaritas are so refreshing!! There is a funky little mexican spot by us that makes one similar and they call it the “el cheapo” margarita. I don’t care what they say;) Its delicious!! HA!

  4. Oh I’ve had a ‘carona margarita’ before but these look so much nicer! YUM!

  5. Is it five yet?? I want one of these!!! Yum!

  6. Joanne Bruno says:

    My homemade marg game is pretty much NONEXISTENT, which is just sad. I love the pairing of great beer with great tequila!

  7. Kate says:

    Oh man, these look so refreshing and delicious!! Makes me so, so, so excited for Margarita Week!! (And your Margarita Sangria!)

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