Did you know that tequila and beer are best friends? It’s totally true. They’ve been spotted hanging out with each other for many years, and in some of the coolest night spots in the world! The final installment of our 3-part series of beer & tequila cocktails uses two different types of tequila with Sofie Farmhouse Ale made by Goose Island.

The name of the cocktail is “Dueling Maestros” because it uses tequilas made at 2 very different distilleries. Both are very affordable tequilas that can also be enjoyed neat, and each bring unique qualities to the cocktail.

Our friend and cocktail genius Adam Stemmler of Blind Tiger Cocktail Co. shows us how to make this super refreshing, citrus-filled cocktail at the East Bay Spice Company, in Berkeley, California.

(Think of this cocktail as a high-end, super fancy michelada.)

Before you get started, have the following things on hand: A house-made grapefruit cordial; Cimarron Blanco tequila; Pueblo Viejo Reposado tequila; large format ice; Sofie Farmhouse Ale (or any citrus-forward beer); a grapefruit (for garnish).

Use this recipe and try making it at home.

Creating the grapefruit cordial:

-Fresh squeeze grapefruit juice, remove skins, and add the skins to the juice in a pot. Then add sugar, cinnamon, pink peppercorn, star anise, and a tiny bit of honey. Simmer slowly, then let cool. Strain into a container and refrigerate.

In a glass, add:

-1 ounce grapefruit cordial

-3/4 ounce Cimarron Blanco tequila

-3/4 ounce Pueblo Viejo Reposado tequila

 Add ice

 Slowly pour the Goose Island Sofie beer over the top, filling the remainder of the glass

 Stir gently

 Express a grapefruit peel across the top, and use for garnish

Enjoy, and if you make this one at home, please tell us about it!

Tequila & Beer Cocktail Series:

Part 1: “Portrait of a Sauza

Part 2: “Nobility and Malting

Part 3: Dueling Maestros