5 Ingredient Ginger Beer Margaritas


Seriously amazing 5 ingredient ginger beer margaritas | perfect for parties, taco night, and everything in between

Friends, I have been eagerly awaiting the day that I could share this recipe with you.

It is hands down the recipe I am most excited about this month! No really! Even more than all the desserts (even the cheesecakes) I’ve shared, I am absolutely smitten with this drink! You simply must make it. Promise me this.

5 Ingredient Ginger Beer Margaritas | crazy delicious and so simple - perfect for summer AND winter as Ginger Beer is ALWAYS in season. I'm in love.

This drink is simple – as always – with flavors that were seemingly meant for each other: Ginger beer, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, tequila, and salt for your rim (a must).

GINGER BEER MARGARITAS | 5 Ingredients to gingery Margarita bliss

When it comes to your tequila, go for something quality. As in, not Jose Cuervo Gold, which I was recently informed is not really tequila (I’ve been lied to all these years and it hurts.) We went with a brand called Altos (no affiliation or partnership, just pure adoration) and we love it.

Just remember, the key to picking a good tequila is: Make sure it’s made with 100% agave. Then you’ll know it’s higher quality and made with the good stuff. This will ultimately affect the quality of your drinks.

Ginger Beer Margaritas

This recipe is so easy to make. Just lime your rim with lime juice and salt, then add all of your ingredients with ice to a large glass or cocktail shaker and stir (as to not erupt your ginger beer – lesson learned). Then pour over more ice, garnish with lime and stir.

5 Ingredient GINGER BEER Margs! Friggin' delicious

What does it taste like? Seriously the best margarita I’ve ever had. And I’ve had a lot of margaritas! (Don’t worry mom, I’m not a drunk – I swear. I just like ritas.)

These guys are:

Perfectly sweet
Tangy from the lime
Crisp from the ginger
And…really just perfect.

John and I both loved that they showcase the tequila well and don’t overpower it. And they go perfect with any and all Mexican dishes, which is great because we eat some form of tacos at least twice a week. Hello fajitaville and nacho soup.

Ginger Beer Margaritas | Seriously, the best margarita I've EVER had!

Simply put: Make these margaritas.

You will love them – I have no doubt. Unless, that is, you don’t like ginger beer. And if that’s the case, GET OFF MY INTERNETZ. (Kidding but not kidding, ok kidding, but really? Who are you?) Cheers!

Ginger Beer Margaritas! The best margarita I've EVER had!

5 Ingredient GINGER BEER Margaritas! Ginger lovers rejoice!

4.9 from 14 reviews
5 Ingredient Ginger Beer Margaritas
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5-Ingredient margaritas made with ginger beer and fresh lime juice! Simple, flavorful and so delicious. The only margarita recipe you'll ever need.
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 1
  • 1.5 ounces (3 Tablespoons) 100% agave tequila (such as Altos)
  • 1 ounce (2 Tbsp) fresh lime juice
  • 3 ounces (6 Tbsp) ginger beer
  • .5 ounce (1 Tbsp) simple syrup
  • Coarse salt for lining rim
  1. Line a small serving glass with fresh lime juice and dip in coarse salt (optional).
  2. Add tequila, simple syrup, ginger beer and lime juice to a large glass or cocktail shaker with 1/2 cup ice and stir vigorously. Don't shake with a lid on or it will erupt from the ginger beer carbonation (lesson learned).
  3. Pour liquid (reserving ice) into serving glass with a few ice cubes (we just ordered this oversized ice cube mold and LOVE it). Garnish with a lime wedge and serve immediately. Repeat for more drinks, or double/triple the amounts for more people.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 margarita Calories: 142 Fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 9 g Sugar: 7.9 g Sodium: 7 mg

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  1. says

    Dana! These are gorgeous, and the flavors sound like perfection. I always find straight-ahead ritas to be a little too strong – I usually add a bit of fizzy water, but ginger beer?! Be still my heart. I also don’t care for orange liqueur in ritas, so these look perfect for me. Also, aren’t Fentiman’s sodas the best? I could live on their rose lemonade.

    • Dana Shultz says

      I love everything you just said. Rose lemonade? HUBBA. I wish you lived closer so I could sit at your feet all day and absorb your glorious cooking/food knowledge.

    • nancy j says

      I just waanted to recommend the FEVER TREE Ginger Beer – tried them all but feel like this one really adds to the complexity of these margaritas!! My friend made me ginger ritas recently and I cannot stop obsessing over them because they are amazing! She used Fever Tree….

      • Ellen says

        Fever Tree is my favorite ginger beer for this recipe, too. The drink has turned out great regardless of the type of ginger beer but I agree that it is even better with the above brand (for whatever reason)! LOVE this recipe.

        • Sarah says

          I’m so glad someone else feels this way! Fever Tree is really the only way to go. Unfortunately, I’m having the darndest time finding it since moving to the East Coast. Even when I do find a rare store that carries their brand, they don’t have the ginger beer, only the tonic. After many disappointments I have found Maine Root to be the most acceptable substitute for Fever Tree. It’s the only one I’ve found to have an equally good gingery bite. Unfortunately, it has twice the sugar as Fever Tree. So, I omit the simple syrup and find it works well with this recipe. Thanks for a great recipe!

          • Jen says

            Sarah, Not sure where you are on the East Coast, but Safeway grocery stores and some Walmart stores carry Fever Tree brand, though I recall the ginger beer being out of stock when I looked in Walmart. Maine Root is a different, but addictive new friend. I enjoy the bite and find it much less sweet than D&G, the original Jamaican ginger beer.

  2. says

    AAAH! I will love you forever based on this recipe alone. Ginger beer cocktails and margaritas are my two favorite things, so the fact that you combined them is blowing my mind. Why didn’t I think of this before?! I am going to make these so hard tonight.

  3. says

    Yum! These look amazing!!

    I made Moscow Mules recently and loved them but I also enjoy tequila occasionally so these would be the perfect swap.

    Tip for lightening them up: Use Zevia Ginger soda instead of Ginger beer. I made my moscows with both and seriously did not notice the difference.

      • nancy j says


        These are awesome! Would recommend the “Naturally Light” FEVER TREE Ginger Beer ! It is the best – the ginger flavor is very hot and it’s not too yeasty…

  4. Goretti Tada says

    This looks delicious and I’m not even an alcohol drinker. I do have a question, why is Jose Cuervo gold not a tequila?

    • Dana Shultz says

      It is technically tequila but brands (such as Jose Cuervo) don’t use 100% agave in their products, which means there are some fillers in there that make them less authentic. The main tip I learned recently is to make sure the tequila you choose is 100% agave. Hope that helps!

          • Jen says

            Hi Dana, I noticed you ALREADY started the cocktail hour. Perhaps you should include some “sugar” in the simple syrup recipe! I have been up all night and you brought me my first smile of the day. I, too, am off to buy tequila and ginger beer. Thanks to all for the inspiration!

  5. says

    I love margaritas – especially simple ones with natural ingredients and yes, real tequila! I have also never tried ginger beer before, but these were too intriguing not to try. So I made them tonight and they might be my new favorite margarita! So good! The ginger beer adds such a kick to them, I love it! Thanks for this!

    • Dana Shultz says

      Good question! 1 part sugar to 1 part water. Bring it to a low simmer in a saucepan until well combined, then cool and bottle. That’s it!

  6. Chelsea says

    This looks awesome. I think it’s interesting that you used Fentiman’s, though. Thw one and only time I tried that brand I couldn’t finish it because to me it tasted like straight up tequila, and ever since I’ve been thinking of using it in virgin margaritas.

  7. drea says

    so funny story…my friend jeremy weldon has mentioned that i should follow you a few times, but i always forget. he mentioned it again last night and i already had been on your blog looking at this recipe the same day. =) anyway, i thought i would say hi! looking forward to trying this recipe!

    • Dana Shultz says

      Small world! You’ll have to tell him thanks for recommending us. So glad you stopped by. Let me know if you try this recipe. It’s to DIE for and has become one of my favorites!

  8. says

    These sound amazing!! Will definitely have to try soon. We have tacos and/or Mexican food at least twice a week at my house too… sometimes more!

  9. says

    This little guy is helping me celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Thanks for the delish recipe!

    Linked it in my What I Love Wednesday post for 5/7/14 :)

  10. says

    I have made these about 6 times since you posted the recipe and I won’t stop. These are so yum. Okay if I write about these on my blog with a link back to you?

  11. Teri Hughes says

    I just discovered ginger beer and I love margaritas, and this recipe is DELICIOUS! I love it!!

  12. says

    I’m really excited to try this flavor margarita. I’d have to say margaritas are my all time favorite drink. And I don’t think I have ever tried ginger beer before.

  13. sam sow says

    I am a ginger beer addict and a keen cocktail drinker. This sounds……PERFECT!!! So going to make this tonight. I’ve got some Jose Cuervo silver, says it’s made from Blue Agave, is that good enough?

    • Dana Shultz says

      Lovely! Thanks Kyle. Simple syrup is just 1 part water to 1 part sugar, cooked on medium heat until well combined! Then just cool and use for cocktails. Hope that helps!

  14. Kris says

    I was looking for something to do with ginger beer I had in the house. I like it, but my daughter loves it, so I had to stock up while she was home from college. Now that she is back at school, I was looking for a good cocktail recipie, and I am pleased to say, This is it! Perfection! Thank You!!! I never would have thought to make a margarita with ginger beer, but now, I wouldn’t make one without it!!!
    Yummy. So glad I found your website, you have a new fan!

  15. Puhnner says

    Thank you for this Cocktail. I have enjoyed a much abbreviated and simplified somewhat similar cocktail for years – Ginger Ale and Tequila.
    Pretty Basic
    Pint Glass filled with Ice
    2 Shots Don Eduardo Anejo (something to balance with the Ginger Ale)
    Schweppes Ginger Ale
    Slice of Orange

    tried this with Ginger Beer, but the ‘hoppiness’ and carbonation of the Beer is off-putting

    of course there is a much simpler version
    The Dewgarita

    Chilled Quart Bottle of Mountain Dew – empty half or more
    Fill remaining empty portion of bottle with imitation Tequila – Jose Ceurvo Gold
    enjoy straight from the bottle.

    by the way, this site is simply terrific.

  16. Alpha C says

    This has become my husband and I’s favorite margarita recipe! We didn’t have the lime juice when we made them today so we added in some limoncello and it was just as yummy. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!

  17. says

    Yes, yes, and more yes. I have three bottles of ginger beer sitting in the house, and was trying to think of a fun cocktail to make with them. Maybe this and your panko avocado tacos?!

  18. Mike says

    My wife is an extremely lightweight drinker. A single glass of wine is fine, two glasses and she needs assistance.

    She absolutely loved these. Tempted as I was to put the pedal to the tequila metal, I stuck to your recipe and they were glorious.

    At $1 a kilo for extremely fresh, ripe limes, I was looking for something to have as an aperitif before our chick-pea curry, and this just hit the spot.

    It has gone into my drinks book and will definitely stay in our tropical repertoire.


    (We also love Fentimans, but here in SE Asia, no chance. We have to make do with Schweppes or Bundaberg – but that’s no hardship).

  19. Bronwen says

    Hi Dana — this recipe is just what I was looking for to spring on my book club next month. We’re actually a drinking club with a reading problem, and I’m going for a tacos and tequilas theme . Question: do you think pre-making these in a pitcher would work? I worry the ginger beer will lose its fizz and change the flavor of the entire drink.

    • Dana Shultz says

      It will lose its fizz, but not if you make it just before! It doesn’t sit very well. Good luck!

  20. Jeanie June says

    I love Ginger Beer cocktails: Moscow Mule, Dark and Stormy, and top of the list is the Suffering Bastard (gin, bourbon, lime juice, ginger beer, bitters, it’s great, try it, honeslty, even if you don’t care for bourbon).
    I also love Margaritas, so when I had a case of ginger beer, and Googled “ginger beer cocktails” this baby popped up, and I had to try it. I had never thought to put ginger beer in a Margarita.

    I tried it as is, and I did like it, it was good! But I do like some Cointreau in my ‘rita, and I like to taste the tequila a little smidge more (if it’s a good tequila).
    Now, my fiancé tells me I shouldn’t make up my own drinks/make them on the fly/doctor up a recipe, because I’m apparently, typically, terrible at it if I don’t strictly follow a recipe. But hey, he wasn’t home tonight! So, I did it anyways.
    So I upped it to 2 oz of tequila, added 0.5 oz of Cointreau.

    Whoops! TOO strong!

    So I added 1 more oz of ginger beer to soften it just a tad, for a final of:
    2 oz. tequila
    0.5 oz Cointreau
    1 oz lime juice
    4 oz ginger beer

    And I must say, ginger beer in a ‘rita is seriously genius. GENIUS. Thank you, thank you. I love you. (don’t tell my fiancé)

  21. Lori :) says

    I will definitely be trying this!! A Moscow Mule introduced me to ginger beer which I LOVE so I’m eager to see how it will be in a margarita which is my favorite drink.

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