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Margaritas for a Crowd

#1 Post by T. Altmayer » June 17th, 2019, 10:11 pm

Having a going away party for my son for about 70. We will be having a variety of drinks, but the main drink will be margaritas. Any recipes for large batch margaritas without having to squeeze a hundred limes? Would rather not resort to a mix, but if someone has a very good brand, that might work too.
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#2 Post by Robert M yers » June 17th, 2019, 10:46 pm

You can squeeze ahead of time and freeze the lime juice. I think it’s about a lime and a half to 2 for us per Margarita.

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#3 Post by T. Altmayer » June 18th, 2019, 7:58 am

Robert M yers wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 10:46 pm
You can squeeze ahead of time and freeze the lime juice. I think it’s about a lime and a half to 2 for us per Margarita.
That's my problem, I'm figuring about 70 drinks (quite a few college kids) and that means well over a hundred limes. Just trying to think if concentrate or some other solution is viable.
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#4 Post by Corey N. » June 18th, 2019, 8:01 am

T. Altmayer wrote:
June 18th, 2019, 7:58 am
Robert M yers wrote:
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You can squeeze ahead of time and freeze the lime juice. I think it’s about a lime and a half to 2 for us per Margarita.
That's my problem, I'm figuring about 70 drinks (quite a few college kids) and that means well over a hundred limes. Just trying to think if concentrate or some other solution is viable.
You can buy fresh lime juice. I've used Odwalla before and had good results, though I still prefer squeezing my own. Speaking of, a decent juicer will make quick work of 100 limes.
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#5 Post by T. Altmayer » June 18th, 2019, 8:03 am

Corey N. wrote:
June 18th, 2019, 8:01 am
T. Altmayer wrote:
June 18th, 2019, 7:58 am
Robert M yers wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 10:46 pm
You can squeeze ahead of time and freeze the lime juice. I think it’s about a lime and a half to 2 for us per Margarita.
That's my problem, I'm figuring about 70 drinks (quite a few college kids) and that means well over a hundred limes. Just trying to think if concentrate or some other solution is viable.
You can buy fresh lime juice. I've used Odwalla before and had good results, though I still prefer squeezing my own. Speaking of, a decent juicer will make quick work of 100 limes.
I know, I know, just so many other things to do before the party. I'll look for the Odwalla, that's a good call.
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#6 Post by Mike Cohen » June 18th, 2019, 8:06 am

https://www.instacart.com/products/2385 ... tacart_seo

This is widely available at Whole Foods by me. Is it ideal? No. But it's a very, very good substitute and saves the trouble of juicing limes (and is way cheaper).

I've never ever had an enjoyable margarita made from a mix. They are always too sweet and cloying.

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#7 Post by T. Altmayer » June 18th, 2019, 9:09 am

Mike Cohen wrote:
June 18th, 2019, 8:06 am
https://www.instacart.com/products/2385 ... tacart_seo

This is widely available at Whole Foods by me. Is it ideal? No. But it's a very, very good substitute and saves the trouble of juicing limes (and is way cheaper).

I've never ever had an enjoyable margarita made from a mix. They are always too sweet and cloying.

Congrats on the graduation.
Thanks Mike, I’m going to try that today.
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#8 Post by Paul Miller » June 18th, 2019, 9:20 am

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https://www.simplyorangejuice.com/product/limeade

3-4 parts Simply Limeade
2 parts Tequila
1 part triple sec (Grand Gala works well)

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#9 Post by scamhi » June 18th, 2019, 9:30 am

just squeeze the limes.
if you are near a Restaurant Depot they have great prices on limes by the box or giant bag.

BTW the Simply Limeade pictured above has 7 teaspoons of sugar in a one cup serving
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#10 Post by M.Kaplan » June 18th, 2019, 10:23 am

What Suzanne wrote. That limeade is very, very sweet.
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#11 Post by Alan Rath » June 18th, 2019, 11:28 am

I guess I'm a lazy heathen, we routinely use the Cuervo mix, at least as a base. I'll often squeeze a half a lime into my glass to punch it up, but for a big crowd there's no way I'd go to the trouble of dealing with fresh limes, particularly for a bunch of college kids who would probably drink rum and fanta [wow.gif]
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#12 Post by T Welch » June 18th, 2019, 12:40 pm

We use Lefty O'Doul's Margarita Mix. No high fructose corn syrup, I think.
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#13 Post by JulianD » June 19th, 2019, 1:54 am

Tommy margarita -

2 parts Tequila
1 part Lime juice
1/2 part agave nectar
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#14 Post by Corey N. » June 19th, 2019, 8:52 am

JulianD wrote:
June 19th, 2019, 1:54 am
Tommy margarita -

2 parts Tequila
1 part Lime juice
1/2 part agave nectar
I generally prefer a Tommy’s margarita, but when you make a standard margarita using Cointreau, it seems richer to me, which can be a good thing.
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#15 Post by scamhi » June 19th, 2019, 9:12 am

my recipe
2 tequila
1 lime juice
1.5 triple sec- I use luxardo triplum
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#16 Post by bscott » June 21st, 2019, 6:09 pm

3 oz. mezcal (Vida) or decent reposado
1.5 oz. lime (preferably fresh)
1 oz. simple syrup (1:1 ratio water to sugar preferably raw sugar)
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#18 Post by Blair Ridley » June 23rd, 2019, 4:21 am

As mentioned by Julian and Corey, I'd go for Tommy's Margarita Mix for that size crowd. They sell their mix (lime juice, agave nectar, and water....that's it) in 32oz bottles, each makes 16 margaritas. Grab 4-6 bottles of this, tequila of your choice (I prefer silver), and some Cointreau if you wanna jazz it up.

https://tommys-margarita.myshopify.com/

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#19 Post by Drew Goin » June 23rd, 2019, 6:04 am

When I worked at a wine/gourmet shop here in Louisiana, we had several frozen drink machines. I discovered that 7-Up worked magically at correcting a Margarita that was either too alcoholic or had too much tart sweetness.

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#20 Post by K John Joseph » June 27th, 2019, 9:34 am

Probably too late now, but I've used a blend of lime juice (bottled), simply limeade, and water mixed to taste to get a not too sweet but lime-centric base. Add juice from a couple fresh oranges. Cointreau, Maestro Dobel. I prefer fresh lime juice, tequila, grand marnier and that's it, but for a big group that's a bitch and most people expect something less overtly acidic. I hate most margarita mixes. I'll check out Tommy's, but Cuervo mix and most of that kind are too sweet, make me feel sick, and have a strange overtly artificial color.
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#21 Post by Doug Schulman » June 27th, 2019, 9:47 am

Tres Agaves mix isn't bad.
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#22 Post by Corey N. » June 27th, 2019, 9:55 am

Blair Ridley wrote:
June 23rd, 2019, 4:21 am
As mentioned by Julian and Corey, I'd go for Tommy's Margarita Mix for that size crowd. They sell their mix (lime juice, agave nectar, and water....that's it) in 32oz bottles, each makes 16 margaritas. Grab 4-6 bottles of this, tequila of your choice (I prefer silver), and some Cointreau if you wanna jazz it up.

https://tommys-margarita.myshopify.com/
Just to be clear, I have never used Tommy's Margarita Mix. There's a take on a margarita called a Tommy's Margarita which is:
2 oz tequila
1 oz lime juice
1/2 oz agave nectar
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#23 Post by Joe B » June 27th, 2019, 10:13 am

Blender pitcher
Can of frozen Limeade. 12 oz???
3/4-1 limeade can Of tequila
Can of beer like carona
Touch of orange liqueur
Blend
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#24 Post by K John Joseph » June 27th, 2019, 12:06 pm

Joe B wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 10:13 am
Blender pitcher
Can of frozen Limeade. 12 oz???
3/4-1 limeade can Of tequila
Can of beer like carona
Touch of orange liqueur
Blend
During my sophomore year of college we had about 20 buddies all living in the same, brand new apartment complex. 3 story rectangle with all apartments overlooking a huge interior courtyard. We had multiple rooms on every level. When we had big parties, my apartment was responsible for churning out massive amounts of frozen margaritas. Our recipe?

Blender pitcher
Can of frozen generic brand limeade
1-1.5 can of vodka from a plastic handle
(1 bottle of Sol beer if we had extra money)
.5 can of water
.5 can of orange juice
Ice to fill
Blend

If they tasted a little too tart or boozy, add a sprinkling of powdered sugar, pulse to thoroughly mix.

They were absolute smash hits every time.

And importantly, ladies and gentlemen, no one ever died of scurvy at one of my parties.
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#25 Post by Corey N. » June 27th, 2019, 12:10 pm

K John Joseph wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 12:06 pm
During my sophomore year of college we had about 20 buddies all living in the same, brand new apartment complex. 3 story rectangle with all apartments overlooking a huge interior courtyard. We had multiple rooms on every level. When we had big parties, my apartment was responsible for churning out massive amounts of frozen margaritas. Our recipe?

Blender pitcher
Can of frozen generic brand limeade
1-1.5 can of vodka from a plastic handle
(1 bottle of Sol beer if we had extra money)
.5 can of water
.5 can of orange juice
Ice to fill
Blend

If they tasted a little too tart or boozy, add a sprinkling of powdered sugar, pulse to thoroughly mix.

They were absolute smash hits every time.

And importantly, ladies and gentlemen, no one ever died of scurvy at one of my parties.
As someone that I respect, your recipe distresses me greatly. You used VODKA in a margarita???
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#26 Post by Joe B » June 27th, 2019, 1:08 pm

K John Joseph wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Joe B wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 10:13 am
Blender pitcher
Can of frozen Limeade. 12 oz???
3/4-1 limeade can Of tequila
Can of beer like carona
Touch of orange liqueur
Blend
During my sophomore year of college we had about 20 buddies all living in the same, brand new apartment complex. 3 story rectangle with all apartments overlooking a huge interior courtyard. We had multiple rooms on every level. When we had big parties, my apartment was responsible for churning out massive amounts of frozen margaritas. Our recipe?

Blender pitcher
Can of frozen generic brand limeade
1-1.5 can of vodka from a plastic handle
(1 bottle of Sol beer if we had extra money)
.5 can of water
.5 can of orange juice
Ice to fill
Blend

If they tasted a little too tart or boozy, add a sprinkling of powdered sugar, pulse to thoroughly mix.

They were absolute smash hits every time.

And importantly, ladies and gentlemen, no one ever died of scurvy at one of my parties.
The vodka thing is a little off but otherwise it’s a go.
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#27 Post by K John Joseph » June 27th, 2019, 1:13 pm

Corey N. wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 12:10 pm
K John Joseph wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 12:06 pm
During my sophomore year of college we had about 20 buddies all living in the same, brand new apartment complex. 3 story rectangle with all apartments overlooking a huge interior courtyard. We had multiple rooms on every level. When we had big parties, my apartment was responsible for churning out massive amounts of frozen margaritas. Our recipe?

Blender pitcher
Can of frozen generic brand limeade
1-1.5 can of vodka from a plastic handle
(1 bottle of Sol beer if we had extra money)
.5 can of water
.5 can of orange juice
Ice to fill
Blend

If they tasted a little too tart or boozy, add a sprinkling of powdered sugar, pulse to thoroughly mix.

They were absolute smash hits every time.

And importantly, ladies and gentlemen, no one ever died of scurvy at one of my parties.
As someone that I respect, your recipe distresses me greatly. You used VODKA in a margarita???
You see where it says 19 years old? I was working first as a telemarketer, then as a paid intern at the State Capitol. Not a lot of money. Cheap vodka is way cheaper than cheap tequila, and less offensive when mixed with limeade. I don't do that now, but a handle of Kamchatka was like $10, and a handle of Absolut was like $22. A handle of Cuervo Gold, which is absolute trash, was like $30-something. Actual enjoyable tequila was out of our price range, but vodka that we could mostly hide was very much not.
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#28 Post by Robert M yers » June 27th, 2019, 2:59 pm

I’ve seriously never heard of beer in a margarita? Is this a real thing or a college thing?

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#29 Post by JulianD » July 1st, 2019, 11:24 pm

reading that recipe, im not sure the end product can be called a margarita.

(doesn't mean it's bad though)
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#30 Post by Steve L Gellman » July 20th, 2019, 5:34 am

From my local Mexican restaurant. Great margaritas!

“Original” Margarita From Tequila Mockingbird
Creator, owner and chef Paul Mauk says the key to his signature Margarita is to keep it simple.

3 parts Herradura Blanco
2 parts Stirrings (an all-natural no dye Triple Sec)
2 parts fresh-squeezed lime juice
Directions:

Mix the Herradura, Stirrings and lime juice and either shake or pour over ice. Gillespie says that the “Original” is so popular that he is constantly making up fresh batches to pour into their 10-ounce margarita glasses. The “Original” goes down so easy that a few too many people have been known to drink themselves silly, as each drink is the equivalent of three normal cocktails.

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#31 Post by Casey Hartlip » July 22nd, 2019, 11:29 am

3 parts Blanco tequila
2 parts triple Sec
2 parts store bought Marg mix
3+ parts fresh lime juice.

My go to recipe.
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#32 Post by K John Joseph » July 22nd, 2019, 2:59 pm

Robert M yers wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 2:59 pm
I’ve seriously never heard of beer in a margarita? Is this a real thing or a college thing?
It's called a Mexican Bulldog. But it's basically a frozen margarita with a small beer (7oz) put in upside down.
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#33 Post by Sean Devaney » July 23rd, 2019, 5:36 pm

Casey Hartlip wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 11:29 am
3 parts Blanco tequila
2 parts triple Sec
2 parts store bought Marg mix
3+ parts fresh lime juice.

My go to recipe.
This is my buddy's recipe but he insists on Patron Silver, Cointreau and Jose Cuervo basic margarita mix. Strong but damn tasty.

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#34 Post by Robert M yers » July 24th, 2019, 8:52 pm

I’d think all the margarita mix is adding is sweetness, why not just use simple syrup to taste and keep it all natural? I like mine on the tart side so I use a bit less sugar and Grand Mariner.

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