Happy Cinco de Mayo! Now, anyone can plop a bottle of Mexican lager in a margarita. But Adam Bernbach, bar director at 2 Birds 1 Stone in Washington, D.C., offers this version of the cocktail (sometimes called a Mexican Bulldog) that combines the best aspects of both beer and tequila—and keeps your cocktail free of an upturned bottle:
1.5 ounces blanco tequila
1 ounce cantaloupe syrup (equal parts cantaloupe puree & simple syrup)
¼ ounce lime juice
3 ounces pilsner
sage for garnish
Combine the tequila, lime juice and cantaloupe syrup in an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain over ice in a Collins or margarita glass. Top with pilsner (German or American versions work). Garnish with a sprig of sage.