Best Fresh Margaritas by the Pitcher

Total Time
24hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 24 hrs

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!

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 : ).


Most Helpful

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!!!

brhobkirk August 09, 2010

A margarita is not supposed to be a SWEET drink. Do not add sugar. If you need to slightly balance the acidity use another liqueur such as Cointreu or other orange liqueur.

bulgrew14 April 01, 2016

Everyone loved these!! They were a little sweeter than we usually like, but they were still delicious. They are very strong though! A couple of us had each, and I wouldn't recommend that! They sneak up on you! :) We'll definately make these again.

hkcurry May 17, 2009

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