We’ve often thought that beer and tequila make great drinking companions, and it turns out we’re not alone. One trend we’re starting to see on restaurant menus in California are “Beer and a Shot” – where a certain tequila is paired with a certain beer. Brilliant idea!

Taking that concept one step further, our friend and cocktail ninja Adam Stemmler of Blind Tiger Cocktail Co. created a few cocktails that use both tequila and beer as main ingredients. We met up in Berkeley, California, at the East Bay Spice Company, fired up the video cameras and he showed us how to make both of these ingredients live happily together in the same glass.

The first cocktail uses an old favorite, Fortaleza Añejo tequila, and is called “Portrait of a Sauza”, after Guillermo Sauza, the man behind the brand. The beer used is Pyramid Weiss Cream, which is a nitrogen-based beer that allows it to take the place of egg whites to create a foam layer on top.

Use this recipe and try making it at home.

In a shaker tin combine:

-3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice

-3/4 ounce honey syrup (diluted 1:1 with water)

-2 ounces Fortaleza Añejo tequila

-1.5 ounces Pyramid Weiss Cream beer

-2 dashes Barkeep Fennel Bitters

 Add ice and shake.

 Double fine strain into a cocktail glass.

 Garnish with freshly-grated cinnamon and a few dots of Angustura Bitters.

 Enjoy, and if you make this one at home, please share your opinion below!

Tequila & Beer Cocktail Series:

Part 1: Portrait of a Sauza

Part 2: “Nobility and Malting

Part 3: “Dueling Maestros