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Aug 6, 2008 07:49 AM

Margaritas for 20

I pride myself on my margs when I'm making 'em for my wife and I. I use tequilla (duh!), Contrieu, fresh lime juice, and some Bone Daddy's sweet & sour. But I got a bar-b-que coming up and don't have the inclination to squeeze all those limes, plus I want to have them already made and sitting in a punch bowl while I cook. Is there a recipe that would work for a larger group? Maybe substituting frozen limeade for the fresh juice? TIA.

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    Even for a crowd, I don't substitute fresh lime juice for some overly sweet mix nor 100% agave tequila for mixto rotgut. Some stores sell fresh squeezed lime juice by the gallon so to me it's worth it to check around.

    1. I think if you normally use sour mix, using limeade wouldn't be much of a stretch.

      1. Don't cut corners when serving your guests. This recipe can be made a day or two in advance. I serve it up in pint glasses and it only takes a few moments to fill them with ice and give them a shake. They'll be the hit of the party and everyone will want the recipe. A $6 Mexican juicer will take care of all the squeezing in less than 10 minuets. The only change I make to the recipe is to add the juice of four oranges.

        Jeffery Morgenthaler's Gallon of Margarita's -

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        1. re: Calamityville

          Dear me, I just spent an hour reading his website!! Good thing the baby is sleeping! Now I'm going to make me some margaritas!! I follow his recipe but instead of simple syrup, I use El Paso Chile Company margarita mix. No HFCS and adds just the right amount of sweet. Everyone has their own different tastes but this is a great guide to go by.

        2. I have occasionally cheated for a bigger crowd by using Odwalla Limeade. It's made with fresh lime juice and sugar (not HFCS), and not much else, so it takes the place of the limes and Cointreau quite well. I use a half-gallon of the Odwalla, one 750 ml bottle of 100% agave tequila, about 1/2 cup or a bit less of Triple Sec and pour it over ice with a lime wedge garnish. Seems to keep 'em happy. Enjoy your BBQ!