5-Ingredient Ginger Beer Margaritas

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Cutting board with glasses of our Ginger Beer Margaritas with fresh lime slices

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.

Glasses of Ginger Beer Margaritas with lime and salt rims

Origins of Margaritas

There are several theories of where the margarita first originated and we’re not sure which one is true! But the most popular is that it was created in 1938 by Carlos ‘Danny’ Herrera at his restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico. It’s thought that he created it for a customer who was allergic to all hard alcohol except tequila, but wanted something more than just a shot.

Based on the popularity and spread of this delicious cocktail, we’d say the creation of the margarita was a major success! You can read about other theories on the origin here.

The following is our inspired version with a gingery twist!

Ginger Beer Margaritas

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).

Simple syrup, ginger beer, tequila, limes, and salt for making homemade Ginger Beer Margaritas

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.

Pouring our Ginger Beer Margarita recipe into a glass

This recipe is so easy to make. Just lime your rim with lime juice and salt and 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.

Homemade Ginger Beer Margaritas on a cutting board

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
&…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.

Two glasses of the Best Ginger Beer Margaritas

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!

Two glasses of Ginger Beet Margaritas with salt and lime rims
Top down shot of a homemade Ginger Beer Margarita with a salt and lime rim

5-Ingredient Ginger Beer Margaritas

5-Ingredient margaritas made with ginger beer and fresh lime juice! Simple, flavorful, and so delicious. The only margarita recipe you’ll ever need.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Two homemade Ginger Beer Margaritas on a cutting board
4.86 from 35 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 (margarita)
Course Beverage
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mexican-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces 100% agave tequila (such as Altos // 1 1/2 ounces = 3 Tbsps)
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice (1 ounce = 2 Tbsp)
  • 3 ounces ginger beer (3 ounces = 6 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (1/2 ounce = 1 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 cup ice (plus more for serving)
  • Coarse salt (for lining rim // optional)

Instructions

  • Line a small serving glass with fresh lime juice and dip in coarse salt (optional).
  • Add tequila, lime juice, ginger beer, simple syrup, and ice to a large glass or cocktail shaker and stir vigorously. Don’t shake with a lid on or it will erupt from the ginger beer carbonation (lesson learned).
  • 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.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 1 servings)

Serving: 1 margaritas Calories: 142 Carbohydrates: 9 g Protein: 0 g Fat: 0 g Saturated Fat: 0 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 7 mg Fiber: 0 g Sugar: 7.9 g

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  1. Cat Gollata says

    I absolutely love this recipe! Personally, I use Fever Tree ginger beer which has a strong ginger flavor. To balance that out, I added pineapple juice. After my garden harvest, I’m going to try one with a watermelon spin!

    Thank you for all the love and thoughtfulness behind your recipes!

  2. Kris says

    Yum! I was looking for a cocktail I could make using with whatever ingredients I had on hand while sheltering at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. This was the first one I tried & it is now my favorite cocktail! Thank you for converting oz to tablespoons – it makes it so much easier to measure!

  3. L. Morgan says

    I am an old school margarita drinker so I didn’t think I’d like the Ginger Beer. Well I was wrong! I loved it and won’t be drinking traditional margaritas again! When I go out to dinner I plan to order a Ginger Beer Margarita. May need to instruct the bartender how to make it. BTW is there a way I can print the recipe?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed it! There should be a print button in the upper right hand corner of the recipe area. Also, next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  4. Dianne says

    This was the easiest and best drink I’ve made in a long time! It will be my new go to Margarita. Absolutely fabulous!!

  5. Paulicek says

    This is an interesting, tasty drink. NOT a Margarita, but similar.
    I am very curious to know your rationale for claiming that Cuervo Gold is not tequila.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Cuervo Gold is is a blend of reposado and younger tequilas of at least 51% agave, with caramel coloring added to the finished product to give it the gold color, also known as joven tequila.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

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

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      It would fizzle out I think. But if you try it let us know how it goes! You could also leave the ginger beer separate, mix the rest, and top with ginger beer on request!

  6. Mike says

    Delicious! Best tasting ginger beer to us is bundaberg. Grabbed some from Costco. Followed your recipe and it was so refreshing! We finally used our large ball ice cubes and it was perfect.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Mike. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  7. Teddi says

    Dangerously good. We are margarita connoisseurs and this one is definitely up there at the top of our list now – the ginger beer is perfection!

  8. Its_fia_btw says

    M’am…LISTEN!!! I made these for my sis and I. Can you say ERRYTHANG??? They were sooo good! I used the same tequila and ginger beer you used. De-freaking-lish! My sis said these are some of the best drinks she’s had! Preciate this concoction, Best Friend (in my head. Lol)

  9. Sarah says

    My husband and I recently came back from with Oaxaca with a bunch of mezcal and made this recipe tonight!! So so so good adding the smoky flavor to the complexity of it all!!

  10. Julie says

    I love ginger beer but never really drank it on it’s own. Moscow mules recently became a favourite. Then I found alcoholic ginger beer and there are a couple of brands that are quite different from each other…one tastes more like beer (Phillips) and the other more like ginger (Crabbie’s). I am always a little confused as to which is used, but I presume you are using non-alcoholic ginger beer?

  11. Cathy S says

    OMG this is the best margarita I have ever had! I don’t like ’em too sweet and this is perfect. I used Tijuana Sweet Heat tequila and I am in heaven!

  12. Lisa says

    I had to have these as soon as I read the recipe ❤️ I used agave syrup instead of simple syrup … fever free ginger beer and patron .., one wasn’t enough! Thx for the amazing recipe that I’m going to make to impress my friends ?

  13. Debraj76 says

    If a Moscow Mule and a Mexican cutie Margarita had a baby, this would be their darling! Enjoyed this concoction on the deck tonight as we were grilling our pizza. It is FANTASTIC! I did use a tad bit less lime, and subbed agave nectar for the simple syrup…Patron’s silver was the spirit of choice. I’ll be drinking this all summer. Thanks for a great cocktail “offspring”!

  14. IslandGirl says

    Great to make a big batch and sit on the beach with friends! A fast and easy recipe that tastes delicious. A must try!

  15. Kimmie P. says

    Apparently I am a little late to the party! :) Had some limes that were begging to be used…had some ginger beer…have the internet. Wow! This is a great late summer kind of drink. Thanks for sharing the original recipes and thanks to everyone else for sharing their tips! Prost!

  16. Juilet says

    Delicious and easy!!! I was out of triple sec, had 2 pounds of limes and a pack of ginger beer so this was perfect for me. I will definitely make these more often and try a dash of bitters like another reviewer mentioned :). Thank you for sharing!

  17. Stephanie G. says

    This recipe is delicious! I just tried it out because I was thinking of serving it at my cousin’s bridal shower this weekend. I’m a fan, and I’ll definitely be serving this at her party.

    For my personal taste, I probably would not add simple syrup, as I think ginger beer is sweet enough. And I might do more tequila (don’t judge me!) and a little less ginger beer. If I’m using decent tequila, I really like to taste it. I also think the more lime, the better.

    Thanks for this fantastic recipe! I love your site and have made a bunch of your recipes, and all have been very successful!

  18. Jacob K. Thomas says

    I love ginger beer and use it for a lot of my cocktails, was looking for something like this and it definitely didn’t let me down at all. Well balance and you get that nice bite from the ginger beer. I would also suggest that you could mix all of the other ingredients in, then top off with the ginger beer, then give it a little stir. You won’t lose some of the fizz of the ginger beer. Though either way, the drink is going be great. Excellent recipe!

  19. Danielle A says

    Any substitutions for the simple syrup? Totally not a fan of it, but definitely want to try this recipe. Thanks!!

  20. Duffuser says

    This is delicious! I too found this while googling. Couple things–your tequila is actually called Olmeca Altos, and it’s wonderful. One of the things high end tequilas use in their process is crushing the agave with a tahona, which is a giant, usually horse-drawn millstone. Clearly, this adds to the final cost. Half of the juice Olmeca Altos uses is treated this way, so you get the benefit of the artisanal method for less money. Also, ginger beer mixes beautifully with every kind of booze. Tequila, vodka, rum, gin, bourbon, pisco, all delicious. I’ve not yet tried cognac, but I bet it’s great too. My favorites are gin and rum, especially Jamaican rum like Appleton Estate or (be still my heart) Smith & Cross. Lime is classic, but lemon can be good too. Lightly muddled herbs make a nice addition too, I love mint and basil. Also, don’t be afraid to dash some bitters in there. Last week I mixed ginger beer with applejack, lemon juice, and hopped pear bitters, and it was like a totally different drink than anything I’ve ever made. I haven’t yet tried Fever Tree (though their tonic is my favorite) but my favorite ginger beers are Barritt’s and Reed’s. Reed’s also makes a raspberry ginger beer that’s hard to find but so worth hunting down. One last thing–home brewed fresh ginger beer is super easy if you have a juicer, and it’s really yummy.

  21. Blake says

    Awsome! I’ve had ginger margaritas at restaurants but didn’t think to use the ginger beer I have for Moscow mules for margaritas at home. I also use Fever Tree.
    Also I had some Hornitos Black Barrel (100% Agave, Anejo Tequila, aged in whiskey barrels) in my liquor cabinet and I have to tell you that hint of whiskey and ginger playing back up to lime and tequila… So good!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. 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.

  23. 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)

  24. 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.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

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

  25. 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.

    Thanks!

    (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).

  26. Maggie @ Veg Fiend 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?!

  27. 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!

  28. 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
    Add
    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.

  29. 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!

  30. Kyle says

    Loved this!
    Didn’t know what simple syrup was so I used half a tea spoon of sugar instead. Cut the sour of the lime perfectly.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker 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!

  31. 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?

  32. Shauna 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.

  33. Teri Hughes says

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

  34. Smitha 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?

  35. Sarah 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 :)

  36. Renae 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!

  37. 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!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker 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!

  38. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons says

    Ummm…..yum-town. My husband travels to Mexico for work frequently, and brings back good tequila faster than we can drink it! I’ll have to look for that brand of ginger beer, too. Lovely recipe!

  39. 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.

  40. Katie @ Produce on Parade says

    Ooooooo I am a ginger beer FIEND! Seriously…this looks amazing, and I don’t even really drink!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker 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!

  41. Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen says

    I need this and a beach right now!! This looks amazing! BTW, I made your black bean brownies this weekend and my boyfriend and I were blown away! THX :)

  42. tara white 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!

  43. Kim of Mo'Betta says

    I love you for this. Like seriously. L-O-V-E!! Ginger beer is one of my favorite things and this sounds fabulous!

  44. 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?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker 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!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

          It’s just 1 part water mixed with 1 part boiling water until dissolved! Then cool and use.

          • 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!

          • George Sokol says

            When making simple syrup, How do you know when the boiling water is dissolved in the tap water?

  45. Jessica (bakecetera) says

    hello tequila time! my friend and i JUST made a version of these cocktails last night – you’re spot on: good tequila is a very wise investment!!!

  46. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A. 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

        Dana,

        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…

  47. Sara @ Cake Over Steak 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.

  48. Alanna 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.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker 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.

  49. Maryea {happy healthy mama} says

    Interesting! I love a good margarita and I think it’d be fabulous with ginger beer. Gotta try this!