Coronarita Cocktail Drink

Coronarita

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

This Coronarita recipe is your ticket to a fantastic summer cocktail! It’s an easy-to-make drink, bursting with exciting ingredients.

Coronarita Recipe

Enjoy spring with this straightforward Coronarita recipe! Tequila, lime juice, Corona beer, and a salted rim combine to create an energizing cocktail.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

317 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Tequila
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz Triple Sec
  • ¼ oz agave syrup
  • 1 bottle cold Corona beer, 12 oz / 360 ml
  • Lime wedge, for garnish, optional
  • Salt, for rimming the glass, optional

Equipment

  • Large Margarita Glass / Large Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer
  • Straw

Instructions

  • Rim Glass: If you like a salted rim, run a lime wedge around the edge of your glass and dip it into salt.
  • Add Agave Syrup: Pour ¼ oz agave syrup into the glass.
  • Add Lime Juice: Pour 1 oz fresh lime juice into the glass. Stir well to dissolve and blend the agave syrup.
  • Add Ice: Fill your glass with a generous amount of ice cubes.
  • Add Triple Sec: Measure and pour ½ oz Triple Sec into the glass.
  • Add Tequila: Pour 1½ oz Tequila into the glass.
  • Stir: Using a bar spoon or long stirrer, stir well so all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Top with Corona: Open 1 bottle cold Corona beer and invert it into the glass.
  • Garnish: Add a lime wedge to the rim of the glass for garnish.
  • Serve: Add a straw to the glass and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you're out of Tequila, use mezcal for a smokier flavor profile.
  • Triple Sec: You can use any kind of orange liqueur (Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, curaçao…) for this recipe. If you don’t have any on hand, you can use agave syrup instead. Agave syrup has a strong sweetening power, so start with ¼ and adjust to taste.
  • Agave syrup: if you don’t have agave syrup on hand, you can simply replace it with extra Triple Sec or orange liqueur (¾ ounce in total). 
  • Corona Beer: Any light beer can work here if you don't have Corona. I've used Modelo and Pacifico with excellent results.

Making a Pitcher of Coronarita:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Tequila, 8 oz of fresh lime juice, 4 ounces of triple sec, 2 ounces of agave syrup, and 8 Corona beers.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the agave syrup and fresh lime juice. Stir well. Add ice and pour the Tequila and triple sec. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual salt-rimmed margarita glasses or large highball glasses, slowly invert a Corona beer into each glass, garnish with a lime wedge, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; several brands are available that mimic Tequila's flavor quite well. Otherwise, you can use fresh orange juice as a substitute. You can also try making your own substitute by mixing together water, a pinch of smoked salt, a splash of tonic and a bit of agave syrup (to taste).
  • Triple Sec Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic orange liqueur or a simple syrup infused with orange peel. You can also use a little extra agave syrup as a substitute.
  • Corona Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic beer in place of the Corona.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic Coronarita.

Making it Vegan:

The Coronarita cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including tequila, are vegan-friendly, and so is Corona. However, some brands, both for spirits and beer, may use animal products in their production process (especially if a filtration process is involved). Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
317
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
16
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
24
g
8
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Potassium
 
130
mg
4
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.02
g
Vitamin A
 
14
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
10
mg
12
%
Calcium
 
18
mg
2
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Coronarita Cocktail Drink

Coronarita Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Enjoy spring with this straightforward Coronarita recipe! Tequila, lime juice, Corona beer, and a salted rim combine to create an energizing cocktail.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 317

Ingredients
 

  • oz Tequila
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz Triple Sec
  • ¼ oz agave syrup
  • 1 bottle cold Corona beer - 12 oz / 360 ml
  • Lime wedge - for garnish, optional
  • Salt - for rimming the glass, optional

Equipment

  • Large Margarita Glass / Large Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer
  • Straw

Instructions

  • Rim Glass: If you like a salted rim, run a lime wedge around the edge of your glass and dip it into salt.
  • Add Agave Syrup: Pour ¼ oz agave syrup into the glass.
  • Add Lime Juice: Pour 1 oz fresh lime juice into the glass. Stir well to dissolve and blend the agave syrup.
  • Add Ice: Fill your glass with a generous amount of ice cubes.
  • Add Triple Sec: Measure and pour ½ oz Triple Sec into the glass.
  • Add Tequila: Pour 1½ oz Tequila into the glass.
  • Stir: Using a bar spoon or long stirrer, stir well so all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Top with Corona: Open 1 bottle cold Corona beer and invert it into the glass.
  • Garnish: Add a lime wedge to the rim of the glass for garnish.
  • Serve: Add a straw to the glass and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you're out of Tequila, use mezcal for a smokier flavor profile.
  • Triple Sec: You can use any kind of orange liqueur (Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, curaçao…) for this recipe. If you don’t have any on hand, you can use agave syrup instead. Agave syrup has a strong sweetening power, so start with ¼ and adjust to taste.
  • Agave syrup: if you don’t have agave syrup on hand, you can simply replace it with extra Triple Sec or orange liqueur (¾ ounce in total). 
  • Corona Beer: Any light beer can work here if you don't have Corona. I've used Modelo and Pacifico with excellent results.

Making a Pitcher of Coronarita:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Tequila, 8 oz of fresh lime juice, 4 ounces of triple sec, 2 ounces of agave syrup, and 8 Corona beers.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the agave syrup and fresh lime juice. Stir well. Add ice and pour the Tequila and triple sec. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual salt-rimmed margarita glasses or large highball glasses, slowly invert a Corona beer into each glass, garnish with a lime wedge, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; several brands are available that mimic Tequila's flavor quite well. Otherwise, you can use fresh orange juice as a substitute. You can also try making your own substitute by mixing together water, a pinch of smoked salt, a splash of tonic and a bit of agave syrup (to taste).
  • Triple Sec Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic orange liqueur or a simple syrup infused with orange peel. You can also use a little extra agave syrup as a substitute.
  • Corona Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic beer in place of the Corona.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic Coronarita.

Making it Vegan:

The Coronarita cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including tequila, are vegan-friendly, and so is Corona. However, some brands, both for spirits and beer, may use animal products in their production process (especially if a filtration process is involved). Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

What is a Coronarita?

A Coronarita is a tequila-based cocktail made of lime juice, triple sec, Tequila, and a Corona beer. This drink combines the refreshing flavors of a classic margarita with the crispness of Corona beer.

Making this cocktail is extremely easy as all the ingredients are simply mixed directly into the glass.

The Coronarita is a variant of the traditional Margarita that adds an extra layer of flavor and complexity by adding beer.

One exciting aspect about this drink is how it’s served: Typically, you’ll find an upside-down bottle of Corona submerged into your glass with mixed cocktails. As you sip on your margaritas, more beer slowly empties into your glass, maintaining a consistent mix throughout the drinking experience.

A side shot of a Coronarita cocktail in a highball glass on a yellow tray placed on a wooden table surrounded by a white cloth, a Corona beer, a lime and a brown placemat

What is a Coronarita made of – The ingredients

To put together a Coronarita, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Tequila: This Mexican spirit forms the base of the Coronarita, providing a robust and distinctive flavor.
  • Triple Sec: An orange-flavored liqueur that adds a sweet citrus note to balance the Tequila.
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice gives the Coronarita its tartness and refreshing quality.
  • Agave Syrup: This syrup sweetens the cocktail, counteracting the sourness of the lime juice, and pairs particularly well with tequila.
  • Corona Beer: A light Mexican beer that is upturned into the Margarita. It slowly mixes with the other ingredients as you drink, adding a fizzy texture and malty flavor. Make sure to refrigerate it before making the cocktail.
  • Ice Cubes: Used to chill the drink without diluting it too much. They also add a pleasing aesthetic to the cocktail.
  • Salt: Applied to the rim of the glass, it enhances flavors and adds a savory touch to each sip.
  • Lime Wedge: Used as a garnish, it adds an extra splash of color and allows drinkers to adjust their drink’s acidity to taste.

Tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec agave syrup, Corona beer and lime laid out on a white bar table

How to make this recipe?

1
<p>Start by salting the rim of your margarita glass (or large highball glass). To do this, wet the rim with a lime wedge.</p>

Start by salting the rim of your margarita glass (or large highball glass). To do this, wet the rim with a lime wedge.

2
<p>Then dip the rim into a plate of coarse salt.</p>

Then dip the rim into a plate of coarse salt.

3
<p>Pour in ¼ ounce of agave syrup into the glass.</p>

Pour in ¼ ounce of agave syrup into the glass.

4
<p>Pour 1 ounce of fresh lime juice into the glass. Fresh lime juice is key to a great margarita, so avoid using bottled lime juice if possible.</p>

Pour 1 ounce of fresh lime juice into the glass. Fresh lime juice is key to a great margarita, so avoid using bottled lime juice if possible.

5
<p>Stir well to combine.</p>

Stir well to combine.

6
<p>Add ½ ounce of orange liqueur to the glass. This could be Triple Sec, Cointreau, or any other orange-flavored liqueur.</p>

Add ½ ounce of orange liqueur to the glass. This could be Triple Sec, Cointreau, or any other orange-flavored liqueur.

7
<p>Now, pour 1 ½ ounces of Tequila into the glass. You can use any brand of Tequila you prefer, but a silver (or blanco) 100% agave tequila is often recommended for margaritas. </p>

Now, pour 1 ½ ounces of Tequila into the glass. You can use any brand of Tequila you prefer, but a silver (or blanco) 100% agave tequila is often recommended for margaritas.

8
<p>Next, fill the glass with a generous amount of ice cubes to keep your drink chilled.</p>

Next, fill the glass with a generous amount of ice cubes to keep your drink chilled.

9
<p>Stir the ingredients together until they are well mixed. You can use a cocktail stirrer or a long spoon for this.</p>

Stir the ingredients together until they are well mixed. You can use a cocktail stirrer or a long spoon for this.

10
<p>Open a 7-ounce cold Corona or any other Mexican lager bottle and invert it into the margarita glass. The beer will slowly mix with the Margarita as you drink it.</p>

Open a 7-ounce cold Corona or any other Mexican lager bottle and invert it into the margarita glass. The beer will slowly mix with the Margarita as you drink it.

11
<p>Invert the corona bottle into the margarita glass. The beer will slowly mix with the Margarita as you drink it.</p>

Invert the corona bottle into the margarita glass. The beer will slowly mix with the Margarita as you drink it.

12
<p>Garnish the drink with a lime wheel or wedge. This adds a pop of color and allows drinkers to add more lime flavor to their liking.</p>

Garnish the drink with a lime wheel or wedge. This adds a pop of color and allows drinkers to add more lime flavor to their liking.

13
<p>Finally, add a straw into the highball to drink your cocktail easier.</p>

Finally, add a straw into the highball to drink your cocktail easier.

Variations

Looking to broaden your horizons? Here are some top selections we love:

  • Strawberry Coronarita: This delightful twist combines fresh strawberries with the classic Coronarita ingredients. The strawberries infuse a bright, fruity flavor and a vibrant red hue. I love how the sweetness of the strawberries pairs perfectly with the tangy lime and crisp beer, creating a refreshing and colorful drink.
  • Frozen Coronarita: This refreshing option blends the traditional elements with ice to create a slushy texture. Perfect for hot days, it delivers a cool, invigorating experience. I particularly enjoy the icy texture, which makes it feel like a frozen treat, perfect for summer.
  • Mango Coronarita: This tropical variant includes ripe mango puree, adding a sweet and exotic flavor. The mango’s natural sweetness balances the tartness of the lime and the light bitterness of the beer. It’s like a tropical getaway in a glass, ideal for those who love a fruity, exotic taste.
  • Blue Coronarita: This eye-catching option uses blue curaçao, which gives it a striking blue color and a hint of citrus flavor. The blue curaçao adds a touch of sweetness and a unique citrus twist that complements the lime and beer combination beautifully. The visual appeal and the slight bitterness of the blue curaçao make this a standout.

History and Origin of the Coronarita

The Coronarita cocktail is a fun mix of beer and Margarita.

“Coronarita” cleverly combines “Corona,” a famous Mexican beer, and “margarita,” a well-known Mexican cocktail. This drink shows off its Mexican background while adding a fresh spin to traditional beverages.

This cocktail is new to the scene. It showed up in the early 2000s in the Southern part of the United States… But that’s as precise as this history seems to get! This over-the-top-looking cocktail probably became famous because of its look, and also because it brought an easy solution to a great summer dilemma: Margarita or Corona? Well, why not both!

A Coronarita cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec agave syrup, Corona beer and lime

 

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Coronarita?
A standard serving of Coronarita drink contains approximately 200 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific ingredient brands.
What is the alcohol content of a Coronarita?
The alcohol content of a Coronarita drink is typically around 10% 20% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), which translates to 20 proof. This makes it a rather light cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Coronarita?
Coronarita drink primarily uses Tequila as its base spirit. Additionally, it includes beer, specifically Corona, which gives the drink its unique name and flavor profile, as well as Triple Sec.
In what kind of glass should I serve a Coronarita?
Traditionally, you serve a Coronarita Drink in a large highball or Margarita glass. This tall and straight-sided glass allows for the perfect balance between the cocktail's various components (including the whole Corona bottle!).
What does a Coronarita taste like?
A Coronarita Drink offers an exciting blend of flavors. The Tequila provides a smooth, slightly sweet base, while the beer adds a refreshing bitterness. Adding lime juice brings a tangy citrus note that perfectly balances the drink.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Coronarita?
The typical ratio for a Coronarita Drink is 1 part fresh lime juice to 1 ½ part tequila, ½ part Triple Sec and ¼ agave syrup. You’ll also need one bottled Corona beer per drink.
How should I serve a Coronarita?
Serve your Coronarita Drink over ice to keep it chilled. It's best enjoyed cold, so stir it well before serving.
Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Coronarita?
You can create a non-alcoholic version of the Coronarita Drink by substituting the Tequila with a non-alcoholic spirit and using non-alcoholic beer instead of Corona (see section above, “Making it non-alcoholic”).
What food pairs well with a Coronarita?
Coronarita drinks pair well with Mexican cuisine, particularly tacos, nachos, or enchiladas. The drink's refreshing and tangy flavors perfectly complement the spicy and savory notes in these foods.

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