scratch-made margaritas for a non-profit fiesta banquet | make your own margarita mix | a couple of amateursRemember the margarita mix you bought in the supermarket when you were in college? You know, that sweet and syrupy stuff. Sometimes it was an unnatural color of green that should have been disturbing, but you let that slide because it made margarita-making so darn easy.

My husband won’t allow that stuff in the house. He’s picky and borderline pretentious about drinks and that’s one of my favorite things about him. We both freely embrace our snobbishness. If you dig the convenience of the pre-made mix but are open to the idea that there may be a better tasting margarita recipe out there, I have a suggestion for you.

When Chelsea was planning our Kiwanis club’s year-end banquet last month, she decided to put Chris in charge of drinks. In addition to our Dos Equis, Negro Modelo, and Spanish wines, we served these scratch-made margaritas. They were a hit, and by preparing the mix in advance, Chris made his bartending gig much simpler. We even had a couple guests request a non-alcoholic drink, and found that a half-mix, half-water combination yielded a tasty mocktail!

scratch-made margaritas | a couple of amateurs

So if you still desire the convenience of a pre-made mix, but would like to end up with a drink worth consuming, then consider making your own mix. It’s pretty simple! I’ll admit, it’s much simpler if you have a KitchenAid with a juicing attachment, but I assure you that it’s worth the effort even if you have to squeeze each piece of fruit by hand.

scratch-made margarita mix | a couple of amateurs

To make the mix, combine:

  • 3 cups simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water; heat to dissolve the sugar then chill in the fridge)
  • 4 cups citrus juice, equal parts lemon and lime (this is probably about 12 limes and 10 lemons, depending on the size and ripeness of the fruits)

One the mix is made, combine 1.5 oz of tequila with 0.5 oz of triple sec and 3 oz of mix over ice to make yourself a fresh marg. If you’re not making the drinks for a non-profit organization’s event, I recommend classing it up with Cointreau instead of triple sec.

Give the drink a fresh squeeze of lime before serving, for a fresh citrus aroma and a cute garnish! And consider pairing with a mango margarita cupcake, or another festive mini dessert from our fiesta — recipes here.

scratch-made margaritas | a couple of amateurs

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