rant of the day – the perfect margarita, nice try bud light

I don’t normally dive into the spirits category, but when it involves beer, it’s my territory. The Bud Light Lime-a-Rita is an obvious attempt (and a lame one at that) from the ‘innovative’ brewers at Anheuser-Busch to gain back some market share from the growing craft beer and spirits categories. Good luck with that, you’re doing a great job right now……..

Here’s my question to you A-B: Why the hell would you combine two already perfect beverages? You have beer, which is perfect on its own already. You have the margarita, a killer cocktail when done right. Combined, that just sounds nasty. Then again, I suppose combining anything, including gasoline, gym sweat, and rat poison, would make Bud Light taste better than it does right now.

Don’t worry consumers, there is a solution to this problem. The perfect margarita can be made right at home, and it is about the easiest and tastiest cocktail you will drink.


3 oz silver tequila (Quality tequila, 100% agave)

3 oz homemade simple syrup

2 oz fresh lime juice

 – I use bottled lime juice, it’s easier for the home user. Make sure it’s 100% lime juice though (not from concentrate). If there are other ingredients besides lime juice, it’s not lime juice!

Splash of orange juice

Combine the tequila (I add a splash more, why not?), simple syrup and lime juice in a shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously until combined. Pour into a glass full of ice and add a splash of orange juice on top. Garnish with lime. You can rim the glass with salt too if you want, that’s just a preference.

Simple Syrup Recipe

This is always good to have on hand in the fridge, you never know when you’ll need it.

1 cup water

1 cup organic pure cane sugar

Bring to a boil until the sugar is dissolved. Cool in the fridge.

And voila, the perfect margarita. It’s honestly on par with any margarita I’ve had at upscale restaurants, and you can make it right at home. So ditch the Bud Light Lime-a-Rita and grab a craft beer, or make your own restaurant quality margarita. Cheers!

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