A gose beergarita is a delightful twist on the classic cocktail. Fans of the gose beer style will instantly recognize its merits in relation to this beer cocktail. Those not familiar with it are due to be pleasantly surprised and very likely impressed by the refreshing sprightliness.
Learn more about the gose beer style and the origin of it’s tart and salty flavors. Hint: lactobacillus and saline water are what started the magic.
Here I will simply note that
- the malted wheat beer lends the cocktail a noticeably thicker, but elegantly so, mouthfeel;
- it mitigates the sharpness of the acidity usually noted in margaritas – takes it from razor sharp and acidic to duller kitchen knife like, smoother tartness;
- does not impart metallic or otherwise weird off flavors as you’d typically experience with store bought margarita mixes.
You may remember my utter fascination with jalapeno ice cubes, the ones I used in our Session IPA Beergarita with hops salt rim. Still love them and will make them again this summer for more beer cocktails, but in this case, I decided to chill the gose beergarita by blending the ice with all the ingredients except for the beer. Pure delight.
The resulting texture is not at all thick like in a frozen drink (like this Strawberry Sorbet Beergarita) but has a thinner, delicate semi-frozen consistency. And once the beer gets mixed in a gorgeous fine frothy layer of flavor forms on top.
I picked Avery Brewing Co. El Gose brewed with lime and sea salt. It is the same exact brew I used to impart subtle tartness in this Spring Risotto with Fresh Peas and Asparagus.
Brewed true to style, hazy from the proteins of the wheat and with a fragrant, measured tartness, nothing overwhelming. Definitely saltier than other gose we’ve been trying lately.
It is perfectly suited for a margarita, for obvious reasons.
If you want to make a flavored gose beergarita you can consider one of the many gose brews with fruit added, such as the Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose I used in these Beermosas or the very popular cherry of apricot gose brewed by numerous craft breweries all over the country.
Gose is a very hip style right now and at least once you should mix some margaritas with it.
How To Drink a Beergarita, including this Gose Beergarita
If you are confused by this subheading, you are not alone. At first this might sound like a weird question, the answer being quite obvious, but for some reason it does get asked a lot. Chris and I have personally been asked the very same thing quite a few times and have overheard it being asked at breweries with craft beer cocktails on the menu. Not being judgmental, just stating our observations.
So (drum roll) here is the answer – drink a beergarita just like you would drink a regular margarita.
If you like to use a straw – do that. If you like to sip it and indulge in the sprightly lime zest & salt rim of course do so. If you want to quench your thirst with it and bear the consequences I won’t blame you for this is exactly what I did with one of the two gose beergaritas you see in the pictures.
In support of my actions – it is so smooth that it can feel like lemonade. And after a solitary photo shoot with two cocktails in front of me, kid collected from school and safely playing in the backyard I gave in… First one greedily downed in less than three minutes, second one properly enjoyed outside.
So mix a gose beergarita and open a bag of tortilla chips. And if you think you may want to whip up a quick dip to go with your chips, may I suggest our very, very easy Jalapeno Fontina Beer Cheese Dip.
Gose beergarita is a refreshing, sprightly craft beer cocktail, a twist on classic margarita. Full tequila allowance. As a style gose is very well suited for margarita inspired cocktails with its pleasant tartness and saltiness.
- 1/2 cup simple syrup, 1/2 cup water + 5 tbsp sugar
- 4 oz silver tequila
- 12 oz gose beer
- 1 lime, juice of + zest for glass rim
- 1 1/2 cups ice cubes
- 2 tbsp sea salt for glass rim
- Prepare the simple syrup in advance. Bring the water to boil, remove from heat, add the sugar, stir a couple of times until dissolved and cool off completely.
- Prepare the rimming salt by mixing the salt with the zest of the lime and spreading flat onto a small plate.
- Squeeze out the juice from the same lime you zested (save the halves for prepping the glasses).
- In a blender add the ice, lime juice, simple syrup and tequila. Pulse until the ice is completely crushed and you obtain a smooth, somewhat watery consistency.
- Add the gose to the blender's pitcher and gently stir it in. Some foam from the carbonation will stay on top of the mixture.
- Moisten the rims of two glasses with the lime pieces, dip into the salt/lime zest mix. Pour the gose beergarita and (optional) garnish with a thin lime wedge. Enjoy.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 579Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6999mgCarbohydrates: 92gFiber: 0gSugar: 71gProtein: 2g
Oh my this looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing with us at #MMBH. 🙂
Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats says
What a fun beer cocktail recipe! I love all the inventive ways you use beer in your recipes. I need to stock up on some beer and get on these recipes! 🙂 XOXO
Helen at the Lazy Gastronome says
Pinned!! I love beer-garitas and this looks like one of the best recipes I’ve seen! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!
Dawn - Girl Heart Food says
I definitely wouldn’t use a straw cause I’d want to enjoy that salty rim! I want to properly enjoy one of these outside too…just waiting for the dang weather to warm up!! Having said that, it won’t stop me from enjoying one inside soon 😉 Cheers, my friend!
Haha! You are like me, Dawn, I love tasting all the salt:)
Real talk – I adore your photography, it calms and makes me happy. After I stop gushing over your pictures, I transition into gushing over your recipes. Yes to this cocktail. In fact, I’ll raise said yes with a “hell yes” to this cocktail. I love throwing parties in the summer (who doesn’t) so you BEST believe I’ll be heading back here for amazing recipe ideas!!!
You better make this one soon:) Thank you, Christina! Cheers!
Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers says
Cheers to this! So nice. Bring on the Mexican food 😉
Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen says
Margaritas are my very favorite and now I’m so thirsty! And also hungry with the reminder of that fontina dip. Both would be perfect fare for a Cinco de Mayo party. . .which I think I need to throw so I have help consuming beergaritas and dip. Not that I need the help, but it’s probably better that way :). Happy weekend!
Happy weekend, Kelsie! We finally are getting some sunshine here, so beergaritas will be frequent guests.
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YUM! I am all about refreshing sprightliness these days! This absolutely fits the bill! Pinned!
Yes! Cheers, Annie!