Pitcher-Perfect Margarita


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Pitcher-Perfect Margarita

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Ingredients (9)

For the margarita:

  • 8 cups cold water
  • 1 liter 100 percent agave tequila, chilled
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans frozen limeade, thawed in the refrigerator
  • 4 ounces frozen concentrated orange juice (1/2 cup), thawed
  • 1/4 cup bottled lime juice

To serve:

  • Ice (optional)
  • 4 medium limes, each cut into 6 wedges
  • Rich Simple Syrup (optional; see Game Plan note)
  • Salt (optional)


Here’s an easy and quick way to make a crowd’s worth of margaritas for a lazy home bartender. Frozen limeade, concentrated orange juice, and bottled lime juice come together in just a few minutes and taste better than bottled margarita mix. If you’re a stickler for the real thing, try crafting a Perfect Margarita instead.

Game plan: You’ll need to make the Rich Simple Syrup before you begin.

This recipe was featured as part of our No-Fail Mexican Favorites for Cinco de Mayo.


For the margarita:

  1. 1Place all the ingredients in a large pitcher or container (at least 1-gallon capacity) and stir to evenly combine. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Stir before serving.

To serve:

  1. 1Serve the mixed margarita up or over ice in a chilled margarita glass with a lime wedge.
  2. 2Alternatively, to serve over ice with salt, fill a small, shallow dish with simple syrup and a second small, shallow dish with salt. Dip the rim of a glass in the simple syrup, then in the salt. (If you don’t have simple syrup, rub a lime wedge on the rim to moisten.) Add ice and top with the mixed margarita. Serve with a lime wedge.
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