U-Boat, Depth Charge, Submarine Shooter. This drink goes by many names, not least because it brings to mind something mighty. It’s a shot glass of tequila that sinks to the bottom of your beer glass, and remains hidden beneath the waves of beer, until you gather the courage to down it.


We’re going to show you just how to mix one of the best drinks with beer! So, don’t be daunted, get ready to make your own Olmeca Submarine.



Ingredients for Our Submarine Drink

As with most simple pleasures in life, the Olmeca Submarine, king of tequila drinks with beer (or beertails to those in the know) uses few ingredients, but boy does it pack a punch!

  • 1 shot Olmeca Reposado or Olmeca Gold
  • 330ml lager beer
  • 1 lime



How to Make a Submarine Shooter

Be still, those butterflies in your stomach, and fear not, we have a step-by-step guide to making this explosive tequila submarine.

  1. Pour the beer into a pint glass
  2. Pour your Olmeca into a shot glass.
  3. Drop the shot glass of tequila into the beer, and watch as it sinks to the bottom of the pint glass.
  4. Squeeze a slice of lime into the beer.
  5. Now down the hatch it goes, as the tequila shot glass surfaces like a true submarine.



Tips for Making a Perfect Tequila Submarine

Drink this submarine shooter like a boss with these handy tips.

  • Drink the Olmeca Submarine in the usual manner you down a shot of the good stuff. Simply line the edge of the pint glass (or the back of your hand) with salt, drink the Submarine, and finish off the ritual with a bite of lime.
  • Choose a refreshing Mexican beer as your base. The light lagers, of which Mexico is rightly proud, are perfect for showcasing the Submarine.
  • You can use regular table salt to line the rim, but tequila aficionados choose kosher salt or flaky sea salt, since they have the best texture.
  • You can also go large! Get yourself nine empty pint glasses and eight empty shot glasses. Line up the pint glasses on the bar counter tightly next to each other, and fill them with beer. Carefully place the eight shot glasses on top of the rims of the touching pint glasses, and fill them with tequila. Now gently knock over the first shot glass so that all of the tequila shots fall into the pints of beer one by one. Think of it as knocking over a row of dominoes. Last step: Find eight friends and get drinking!

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Variations of These Tequila Shots with Beer

Variety is the spice of life, so you can be sure there are a lot of different ways to enjoy this drink. Here are just a couple of them.

  • Convert the Submarine into a Beer Margarita by adding orange liqueur and fresh lime juice. Yes, there is such a thing as a beer margarita, AKA a beergarita or beerrita. Whatever you call it, the hops in the beer pair perfectly with the tart lime and orange perfume of a margarita. The flavour is pure, tangy, and nuanced from the beer.
  • Experiment with your choice of beer. You can use a Mexican lager for a classic flavour, or you can step it up with a Craft IPA. It really takes the beerrita over the top. Just make sure you choose a hoppy IPA with notes of citrus.



When is the Best Time to Drink a Submarine Mix?

So where can you drink a tequila and beer shooter? What’s the best occasion? Well, for one, whenever you need to add extra oomph to your party. There is tequila involved, after all! Here are some thought starters. But it’s your party, so you’ll know best!

  • Submarines go great with events where beer is consumed. So, think of a weekend braai, because, well, that’s where South Africans drink a lot of their beer!
  • You can also have one or two before going out. The Submarine alcohol is the perfect warm up for the main event.
  • The beergarita is also great for times you’d serve your guests a regular margarita. That means it goes really well with Mexican food. Imagine shrimp tacos, guacamole, salsa, grilled corn, and a Submarine. That’s a winner of a meal.
  • Make your own Happy Hour. After all, with both beer and tequila involved, it’s two drinks in one.



Best Tequila for Our Tequila Submarine Recipe

We’re sure this will become a favourite among all drinks with beer for you, so make sure you have a quality tequila nearby. It stands to reason that you should choose Olmeca Reposado or Olmeca Gold, which is made in the Los Altos highlands of Jalisco in Mexico.


So, go on, invite your friends, and let’s get those submarines out!

Enjoy More Tequila!!