If you're lucky enough to bring a big spender like my pal Dave to Cantina Feliz, by all means, let him order a round of "supreme" sipping tequilas (at $26 a shot!) like my favorite, El Tesoro Paradiso, one of the most complex spirits I know, at once herbaceous, salty, brandied, and smoky. (Brilliant Cabo Uno would be my segunda choice).

For more affordable sipping, though, try a "Cerveza de Margarita," which is exactly what it sounds like: a margarita made with beer. It's one of the first examples of the growing "beer cocktail" trend I've actually liked, especially because the beer of choice, Bell's Oberon, is a wheat ale that homes in perfectly on both the natural citrusy elements of the drink (fresh lemon, lime, and triple sec), and the grassiness of agave. There's a nice kick of Sauza silver, too, but it's so wrapped in the unexpected cereal richness of the wheaty brew, it goes down like a tasty glass of liquid tequila toast.

Cerveza de Margarita, $8, Cantina Feliz, 424 S. Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, 215-646-1320.

- Craig LaBan