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Margaritas by the Pitcher

Close up of table filled with glasses and pitcher filled with classic lime margarita cocktails, fresh limes and barware

Margaritas by the pitcher aren’t just a drink; they’re a ticket to a great time. As a bartender who’s mixed, shaken, and served countless cocktails, I can tell you that nothing lights up a party or a casual get-together quite like a well-made pitcher of Margaritas. They’re the perfect blend of tangy, sweet, and refreshing, making them a hit for any occasion. Plus, making them by the pitcher means everyone gets their glass filled without waiting. Let’s dive into how you can create this crowd-pleaser at home.

Tasting Notes

A margarita has a magical balance of flavors. The tang from the lime juice, the sweetness from the orange liqueur, and the smooth kick from the tequila combine to create a refreshing cocktail with a zesty edge. Every sip promises a burst of citrus followed by a pleasant tequila warmth, making it both invigorating and relaxing.

Equipment and Glassware

To make a pitcher of Margaritas, you’ll need a few basic tools: a pitcher, a stirrer or a spoon, a citrus juicer, and measuring cups or a jigger. For serving, traditional Margarita glasses or any wide-rimmed glasses will do. If you like, salt the rims by running a lime wedge around the edge and dipping it in salt.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (240ml) tequila
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) orange liqueur (like Triple Sec or Cointreau)
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) simple syrup or agave nectar
  • Lime wedges and salt for garnish

Instructions

  1. In your pitcher, combine the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Stir well to mix everything together.
  3. Taste it and adjust the sweetness or tartness as needed.
  4. When ready to serve, fill glasses with ice, pour the Margarita over, and garnish with a lime wedge.
  5. For a salted rim, rub the rim of each glass with a lime wedge and dip into salt before adding ice.
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Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Adjust the simple syrup to suit your taste; more for sweeter, less for tarter.
  • Chill the pitcher in the fridge before serving for an extra refreshing touch.

When to Serve

Margaritas by the pitcher are perfect for any gathering, from summer barbecues to holiday parties. They’re also a great choice for a relaxing evening with friends or to kick off a weekend dinner.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

The quality of your margarita depends a lot on the tequila. Look for 100% agave tequila for the best taste. Brands like Espolòn, Patrón, and Jose Cuervo Tradicional offer great options that won’t break the bank.

Similar Cocktails

If you enjoy Margaritas, here are five similar cocktails to try:

  • Paloma: A refreshing mix of tequila and grapefruit soda.
  • Daiquiri: rum, lime juice, and simple syrup, shaken, not stirred.
  • Mojito: A minty fresh rum cocktail with lime and soda.
  • Caipirinha: Brazil’s national drink, made with cachaça, sugar, and lime.
  • Tequila Sunrise: A visually stunning cocktail with tequila, orange juice, and grenadine.

History

The Margarita’s origins are a bit of a mystery, with several stories claiming its invention. What’s clear, though, is its rise to popularity in the mid-20th century, becoming a staple in American cocktail culture and beyond. Its simplicity, versatility, and refreshing taste have made it a timeless classic.

Close up of table filled with glasses and pitcher filled with classic lime margarita cocktails, fresh limes and barware

Pitcher of Margaritas

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Instructions

  1. In your pitcher, combine the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Stir well to mix everything together.
  3. Taste it and adjust the sweetness or tartness as needed.
  4. When ready to serve, fill glasses with ice, pour the Margarita over, and garnish with a lime wedge.
  5. For a salted rim, rub the rim of each glass with a lime wedge and dip into salt before adding ice.

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FAQs

Can I make Margaritas without orange liqueur?

Yes, you can substitute with a little extra lime juice and simple syrup, but the orange liqueur adds a depth of flavor that’s hard to beat.

How can I make a frozen Margarita?

Blend the same ingredients with a generous amount of ice until smooth. Serve in a chilled glass.

Is it better to use silver or aged tequila for Margaritas?

Silver (or blanco) tequila is typically preferred for its clean, crisp flavor that complements the fresh lime juice.

Margaritas by the Pitcher
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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