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Summer Margarita Shandy

Summer Margarita Shandy

Oh friends… sorry I disappeared. I missed you. Not sorry that we just returned from a truly fantastic family reunion on the lake, with no cell service + nonconnecting internet, giving us no choice but to completely unplug… and it was wonderful.

Except now we’re home again and somehow it’s August, which I am completely unprepared for. Where has summer gone?! We need to make all the summery drinks pronto to take full advantage of these last few weeks.

I brought a bottle of this summery margarita shandy concentrate along to the lake and it was a hit! Such a simple cocktail, so refreshing for hot days floating on a lake. We’re making a standard margarita mix, adding frozen limeade, and last-minute pouring light beer on top for bubbles and all-day sipping happiness.

02 Summer Margarita Shandy

I had such good intentions of writing up posts and scheduling everything on the twelve-hour drive from Colorado to Missouri. Here’s what I did instead:

  • Sleep.
  • Drag Scout into the front seat to cuddle with me.
  • Offer to drive, then fall asleep again instead.
  • Reread old books instead of the new ones I checked out for this trip.
  • Eat Spree candy until my mouth hurt.
  • Sleep some more.

It was the perfect road trip! (Kirk might think differently.)

03 Summer Margarita Shandy

You can make the concentrated margarita mix way ahead of time and keep it in the freezer. Mix it in a pitcher as directed if you’ll be drinking it all at once at a party, or just add a little concentrate to a bottle of Corona for slower drinking.

If I’m drinking tequila my go-to is always Espolòn blanco, but this will be just as refreshing with reposado/gold tequila if that’s more your style. Happy August, everyone!

Summer Margarita Shandy
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Serves: 1 pitcher
  • 8 oz. tequila
  • 4 oz. triple sec
  • 12 oz. frozen limeade concentrate
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 24 oz. light beer, like corona
  • ice
  1. Combine tequila, triple sec, limeade, and lime slices in a large pitcher.
  2. Just before serving, add beer to pitcher. Pour over ice and serve.
Adapted from Serious Eats.

Nutrition Facts
6 servings per container
Serving size 8 oz.

Amount per serving
Calories 293
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 31g
Includes g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 0g

Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Not a significant source of vitamin D, or potassium.

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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