Best Fresh Margaritas by the Pitcher

"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!"
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Ready In:
24hrs 10mins
1 quart




  • 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).
  • Divide 1 cup crushed ice between 4 to 6 margarita glasses.
  • Strain juice mixture into 1 quart pitcher or cocktail shaker.
  • Add Patron tequila, Triple Sec; stir or shake to combine thoroughly.
  • Pour over ice; serve immediately and enjoy : ).

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  1. bulgrew14
    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.
  2. 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!!!
  3. Liza at
    Oooh yummy! Love the ease of making a big batch! And i ran out of lemons for a full 1/2 cup so I subbed one orange at the last minute. Gave it a nice sweetness. Thanks for the recipe, Bev!!
  4. hkcurry
    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.
  5. Jayne A.
    just a note...a friend of mine makes these with a mountain dew mixer instead of all the fruit and it is pretty much the same thing.


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