A few weeks ago one of my friends hosted a “Night In”, in honor of the lost art of cocktail parties. I love this idea, especially now that a night out includes the need for a babysitter on top of everything else.

While I’m always down for a casual night in, I’m also in favor of something a little fancier, require you me to dress up {as opposed to my mom-attire gym pants uniform} every once in awhile. The beauty of celebrating at home is that you have a little more room {in time and budget} to get a little fancier with the festivities.

I decided to merge the two somewhere in the middle and create a drink centerpiece that can go either way. Make a true Southern affair with mason jars, jeans, and wildflowers, or kick it up a notch with cocktail glasses and heels.  Either way, I’ve got a drink for you:

Meet the Beergarita.

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What once was deemed a classless action, dumping a beer bottle upside down in your margarita glass, has now become fanfare for celebration. It’s a drink in and of itself and it’s delicious.

You can even make it a Mockarita if you so choose to skip the beer part, or if you’re in need of refreshment and it’s just not quite cocktail hour yet.

This version keeps health in mind too, without going wild and crazy on the calories or the sugar.

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Kick it up another notch for summer and freeze some of the juice ahead of time. Then toss it in the blender with a little more juice or even some chunks of frozen fruit for a nice refreshing slushie. {Save the sparkling water for the end so you don’t make a ‘rita explosion.}


Top it with lemon, limes, oranges, or whatever fruit you have on hand. You can even get a little adventurous and toss some mint or basil in the mix. Omit the beer and double up on the sparkling water for a mocktail version.


Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some fruit to drink. Winking smile


Raspberry Beergarita

by with a Side of Sneakers

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 bottle beer (12 oz) {a light lime beer would be great. I used my favorite gluten-free pale ale}
  • 1 can fruit-flavored sparkling water {I used a cherry lemon. Lime would be delicious too}
  • 1 lime
  • 1 orange
  • 12 oz Trop50 Raspberry Acai juice
  • Optional: basil or mint for garnish
  • Optional: ice cubes for slushie version


Combine beer, sparkling water, and juice.

Squeeze in juice from lime and orange.

Stir to combine.

Pour over ice {or frozen juice cubes}.

Serve cold.

Also try frozen and blended!

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What’s your favorite healthy drink for a Girls’ Night In? For more ideas on how to make a rockin’ girls’ night in, check out the Foodie Girls Night In Pinterest board or the collection on Foodie.com {see below}.