If there is any drink to celebrate the coming of summer, to pay homage to the season of rompers and board shorts, it's the humble margarita.
Fresh-made margaritas (please never use heinous and wholly unnecessary pre-made mix—ever) are invariably refreshing and deceptively easy to make. But they're also deceptively alcoholic, and not quite made for all-day drinking.
And as anyone who has passed out face down onto a plate of chips and guac at 4 PM on Cinco de Mayo can tell you, margaritas are almost too easy to drink. If you're not careful, they'll kill your day-drinking longevity.
How do you solve this problem? Well, pace yourself, for one. But if you don't have the willpower for that, the answer is the beer-garita. RECIPE: Beer-garita
No, we're not talking about some bastardized pre-canned beverage that tastes of artificial lime, made by a major domestic beer company. We're talking about a batch of margaritas made with Triple Sec and fresh lime juice, and mixed up with a six pack of the finest Mexican cerveza your local grocery store has to offer.
The beer-garita is just as delicious and refreshing as its more potent relative, but is made for serious session drinking.