Marisa Chafetz

Tequila • Sweet
Margarita Pitcher

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You’ve been there. We’ve been there. Every person who has ever thrown a party during the summertime has been there: You need Margaritas and you need a lot of them. Fortunately, the classic tequila cocktail can be batched, and it’s incredibly easy to make a whole pitcher of Margaritas.

You can make as much Margarita as you want, as long as you remember this formula: four parts tequila, two parts lime juice, one part agave syrup. The downside to making Margaritas for a crowd, as opposed to just one or two people at a time, is that there is no good way to shake the drink. If you want to spring for an oversized shaker, you can, but they’re pricey and impractical. Alternatively you can stir the ingredients together, without ice, in the pitcher, and then portion that mix out, three ounces at a time into a shaker with ice. You can shake up to three drinks at a time that way. But having to make drinks to order defeats the purpose of making a pitcher of Margaritas. To get the job done as quickly as possible, stir the Margaritas in a pitcher with smaller ice cubes to chill and dilute the mix and, if possible, keep the pitcher in the fridge in between servings.

The Essentials

Fresh Lime Juice
Agave Syrup
The Details


3 cups Blanco Tequila
1.5 cups Fresh lime juice
.75 cups Agave Syrup


  • Add tequila, lime juice and agave syrup to a pitcher.
  • Add ice and stir.
  • Serve in rocks glasses (rimmed with salt if you like) filled with fresh ice.  

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Suggested Tequila:
Since you’re working in bulk here, you don’t want to break the bank with the tequila. Go for an affordable silver tequila like Pueblo Viejo ($17) or Espolon ($23).

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