Celebrity Caterer Mary Giuliani Shows Us the Drink of Summer ­– a Beer-Garita

Beer, tequila and tiny hot dogs! We’ll cheers to that. Celebrity caterer Mary Giuliani stopped by Us Weekly to show us how to make a beer-garita, the essential summer cocktail, plus the perfect pairing for her favorite party appetizer – tiny hot dogs.

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In her new book, Tiny Hot Dogs: A Memoir in Small Bites, in stores everywhere Tuesday April 9, the caterer to the stars shares hilarious anecdotes of passing appetizers to the rich and famous. No matter who the Long Island native is serving, her guests all agree on one thing: “Number one hors d’oeuvre that people love and [makes them] instantly happy – tiny hot dogs.”

These are not just pigs in a blanket from the freezer aisle though. “The filo dough is brushed with mustard and we use all beef franks. We [also] brush them with butter,” the party planner told Us. “In the book, I have recipes for Italian hot dogs, I have recipes for spicy hot dogs. We also do veggie hot dogs where we pickle the carrots, and roll them in the filo dough and if you close your eyes, you actually think you’re eating meat. It’s delicious!”

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Once you have the perfect appetizer, a perfect drink pairing is a must. Giuliani suggests wines like pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and a rosé. “The hot dogs are salty and fatty and buttery. You want something that’s kind of sweet to cut that, and kind of tart,” she explained. “In the pinot noir, there’s a little touch of cherry. Think about a hot dog with a cherry coke – so Americana. You get the sweetness of the sauvignon blanc and the rosé – these can be poured over ice and paired with the hot dogs.”

But the real star of the show will be Giuliani’s beer-garita! Watch the video above to see how it’s done and get the full recipe below.

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For more recipes like these, pick up Tiny Hot Dogs: A Memoir In Small Bites on Tuesday, April 9, in your favorite local bookstore or online.


Mary Giuliani’s Beer-garita


  • Ice
  • Equal parts fresh lime juice, triple sec, tequila
  • 1 teaspoon salt combined with 1 teaspoon chili powder, in a shallow dish
  • 1 IPA beer
  • Lime wedges, for garnish


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add lime juice, triple sec and tequila. Shake. Rim a glass with salt and chili powder. Add ice to the glass, and fill half way up with tequila mixture. Top with add ice, and fill half way up with your favorite IPA. Top with tequila mixture. Garnish with a lime.

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