Pitcher-Perfect Margarita Recipe
Here’s an easy and quick way to make a crowd’s worth of margaritas for a lazy home bartender. Frozen limeade, concentrated orange juice, and bottled lime juice come together in just a few minutes and taste better than bottled margarita mix. If you’re a stickler for the real thing, try crafting a Perfect Margarita instead.
This recipe was featured as part of our No-Fail Mexican Favorites for Cinco de Mayo.
For the margarita:
- 8 cups cold water
- 1 liter 100 percent agave tequila, chilled
- 2 (12-ounce) cans frozen limeade, thawed in the refrigerator
- 4 ounces frozen concentrated orange juice (1/2 cup), thawed
- 1/4 cup bottled lime juice
- Ice (optional)
- 4 medium limes, each cut into 6 wedges
- Rich Simple Syrup (optional)
- Salt (optional)
- Place all the ingredients in a large pitcher or container (at least 1-gallon capacity) and stir to evenly combine. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Stir before serving.
- Serve the mixed margarita up or over ice in a chilled margarita glass with a lime wedge.
- Alternatively, to serve over ice with salt, fill a small, shallow dish with simple syrup and a second small, shallow dish with salt. Dip the rim of a glass in the simple syrup, then in the salt. (If you don’t have simple syrup, rub a lime wedge on the rim to moisten.) Add ice and top with the mixed margarita. Serve with a lime wedge.