Best Fresh Margaritas by the Pitcher

READY IN: 24hrs 10mins
Recipe by Bev I Am

This is a wonderful recipe for Margaritas on the Rocks by the pitcher-full! It is best to prepare the lime-lemon juice and zests mixture before hand to allow them to meld appropriately -- Cooking time reflects refrigeration time. I discovered this in Cook's Illustrated Magazine -- just in time for summer! I have altered the ingredients to suit my personal taste. Enjoy!

Top Review by brhobkirk

Unfortunately this does not really make a pitcherful of Margaritas. It only serves about 4. It tasted OK, much better than a mix, but when we saw that it wouldn't be enough, we added a can of thawed Bacardi Margarita mix along with a little more than 1/2 can of tequila 1/2 can of Triple Sec. FANTASTIC!!! So much better with these additions. Because these are strong, this quantity was about right for 8 of us. Try this, you won't be disappointed!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine lime zest and juice, lemon zest and juice sugar, and salt in a large measuring cup; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate (preferably overnight).
  2. Divide 1 cup crushed ice between 4 to 6 margarita glasses.
  3. Strain juice mixture into 1 quart pitcher or cocktail shaker.
  4. Add Patron tequila, Triple Sec; stir or shake to combine thoroughly.
  5. Pour over ice; serve immediately and enjoy : ).

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