This tangy beer margarita is the perfect summer sipper, and I’ve got three different versions to share with you! Even better? It’s made with low calorie beer so you don’t have to stress about the beer adding to your waistline.
This drink is made with a Gose style beer and traditional margarita ingredients. Most of you are probably familiar with the Rita part of this equation – tequila, orange liqueur and lime! But what, you ask, is a Gose?
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The Gose, pronounced “Go-zuh”, originated in Goslar, Germany and though somewhat debated, the style is said to be over 1,000 years old. The beer became extremely popular in Leipzig and at one point the city had 80 Gose bars. After World War II it became almost extinct, but has made quite the resurgence in recent years.
It is one of the only beers brewed today using salt, can be very sour, and is one of my husband’s favorite styles. Me… not so much. He has been known to give me a sour to taste just to laugh at my resulting pucker, LOL. There’s just something about sour and beer that I can’t wrap my head around.
Since I’ve started cocktail blogging he has asked if we were going to do any beer cocktails. I said, sure, give me some ideas! We were having tacos for dinner and he knows I love a good margarita to go along with them. And that my friends is where our JammeRita was born.
We have been big fans of Six Point Brewery out of Brooklyn, NY for quite some time. I love all their experimental IPAs (give me all the hops!), and my husband keeps their Jammer around all summer.
Jammer is a tangy (but not toooo sour) Gose Style beer made with coriander and sea salt. Six Point has been brewing Jammer since 2011, before Gose beers became so readily available in the states, and they have experimented – Mad Scientists that they are – over the years to flavor the original.
They now sell a mixed pack with the original Jammer along with Citrus Jammer – a lemon lime, Berry Jammer with strawberry, raspberry, & cranberry, Tropical Jammer with Mango & Pineapple, and Ruby Jammer with grapefruit & tangerine. These tangy, session beers are only 4% ABV, 125 calories and made with all-natural, real juice and ingredients.
So let’s get mixing! Steve didn’t want me to try just one GoseRita; since we had the mixed pack he thought it would be fun to try a couple different flavors. And he was right! We decided to go with the Original Jammer, the Berry Jammer, and the Tropical Jammer.
To make our JammeRitas you’ll need Tequila, orange liqueur (I used triple sec) fresh lime juice, and of course your Jammer of choice. Start by juicing your lime, you’ll need 1/2 oz per drink. Shake tequila, triple sec and lime juice together and pour over ice. Top with your beer and garnish with a wedge or two of lime. Enjoy!
Our next step was some taste testing! We started with the original Jammer. Steve loved this one. The margarita complemented and even added to the tang/sour of the beer for him, so it was a great match to his palette. As I mentioned, I’m really not a giant sour fan so was anxious to try the other two.
Next up was the Berry Jammer. We both really like this one, it was a good mix of sweet with sour, and the color was gorgeous.
And last but not least, the Tropical. This was definitely my favorite. I loved the beachy feel the pineapple added, and the sweetness was just perfect to balance the sour while not overpowering it. It is a margarita after all!
So our little experiment was a total success, and now the Tropical JammeRita is on my list of summer go-to drinks! I’m excited to try it out on some friends! Each can is enough to make 3 of these babies so it’s perfect for your next summer shindig. (Click for my guide to everything you need to host your perfect summer party!)
- 1.5 oz Tequila
- 1/2 oz Triple Sec
- 1/2 oz Lime Juice
- 4 oz Six Point Brewery Jammer Beer
- Lime wedge for garnish
- Juice lime
- Add lime juice, tequila and triple sec to shaker
- Shake and pour over ice
- Top with beer
- Garnish with lime wedge
- Enjoy and please drink responsibly!
This is made with a 3/1/1 ratio of tequila, triple sec and lime. Add another 1/2 oz of triple sec if you like it a little sweeter.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g
Nutritional information is estimated and should only be used as a general guideline.
Make one of these at home and let me know which is your favorite! And for more Jammer cocktail inspiration, check out Six Point’s website!