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A Fiesta In A Pitcher

01-IMG_2503smIt’s hot. It’s always hot during August in the Phabulous Phoenix metro area. The A/C is cranking and your guests are on their way. The brisket is falling apart tender, the potato supreme casserole is bubbling, the coleslaw, caesar salad, chips and dip are ready. The beer is on ice. Sangria is made and in the fridge.

Time to shake up a quick batch of Margaritas on the rocks! Refreshing and tasty. This is a slight variation on the original recipe that has been posted on this site for years (with a tall tale too). I know! Yet, people continue to inquire on the how-to after a sip. Hence, this gluttonous re-blog with photo illustrations included gratis.03-IMG_2512sm

Vintage Steely Dan (circa 1978) echoes throughout the house as you gather your ingredients.

Hey Nineteen – That’s ‘Retha Franklin – She don’t remember – The Queen of Soul – It’s hard times befallen – The sole survivors – She thinks I’m crazy – But I’m just growing old

  • 1 navel orange (to juice)
  • 2 limes (to juice)
  • 1 can of Limeade (the quick sweet and sour mix and measuring tool combo)
  • 1 bottle of your favorite Tequila (Cuervo Gold for a party, I say)
  • 1 bottle of orange liqueur (Triple Sec)
  • 1 small tub of Margarita salt
  • 2 limes cut into wedges for garnish

Grab a 2 quart pitcher, carafe or container with a snug fitting lid that can be shaken vigorously when all the ingredients are combined and not simultaneously bathe your guests who are waiting patiently for their Margaritas. ’cause you’ll have to make more and that’s no way to start the festivities. I like this carafe, BTW.

04-IMG_2513smCut the orange and 2 limes in halves and squeeze the juice into the pitcher. The fragrance of citrus should permeate your spirit and be sublime! Yes, it’s punny.

Add the can of limeade to the freshly squeezed juice. Who has time for a simple syrup based sweet and sour mixture when you will be mixing and serving all night long. Let’s face it, the bottled pre-made Margarita mix is fine if one does not care about taste. We want taste and convenience! Re-using the empty limeade can to measure makes things quick and easy with less dishes to wash the next morning!05-IMG_2517sm

Fill the empty can with water and add it to the pitcher. Fill it again, but this time only three quarters full and add it to the mixture.

Now, fill the can three quarters full with the magical elixir from south of the U.S. border called Tequila and pour it into the pitcher with the rest of the ingredients. Feel the party starting? Right!

Complete the Margarita mix by adding Triple Sec, half a can please, if you don’t mind.

Secure the spill-proof lid to the top of the pitcher and shake it with purpose until you and the mixture are frothy.

06-IMG_2521smGrab a lime wedge and run it around the rim of a glass, speaking softly with circular motion, because reasons. Invert the limey glass in the Margarita salt. Fill the salted glass with ice, followed by the Margarita mix from the pitcher and garnish with a lime wedge. Ta da!

The Cuervo Gold – The fine Colombian – Make tonight a wonderful thing…

You can fill 4 to 6 glasses depending on a number of factors such as the size of the glasses, how much ice is in each glass, and most importantly, how much Tequila you have had. Your mileage may vary. Now, start again. It’s a good time to do so as this drink will be popular!

This recipe is really straightforward. With some practice you can easily remove the plastic ring from the limeade can without hurting yourself. Apart from that, some people are Tequila snobs. They wander about the GB offices muttering that Cuervo Gold does not say 100% Blue Agave on the bottle. To that I say “Phhhbbbtttt”!07-IMG_2510sm

Does it taste and feel good. YES. Can you use more expensive Tequila, sure. But when you can buy a 1.75 liter bottle at Costco for under 18 bucks, you can save your hard earned cash for a nice bottle of sipping Tequila for those guests that you really like!

The same can be said for Triple Sec. The recipe calls for an orange liqueur. You can spend more for Cointreau or Grand Marnier, which are both very good, I must say, but will you be able to dance any better? Enough said…

The Cuervo Gold – The fine Colombian – Make tonight a wonderful thing…

Oh, and by “fine Colombian” I know they mean coffee. It’s just that “Columbian Supremo” wouldn’t work right with the song’s phrasing.


Just the facts:

  • 1 can limeade frozen concentrate
  • 1 and 3/4 can of water
  • Juice 1 orange and 2 limes
  • 3/4 can of Tequila
  • 1/2 can of Triple Sec
  • Cap pitcher and shake until frothy
  • Cut lime into wedges
  • Rub glass lip with lime & salt it
  • Fill glasses with ice
  • Pour frothy mixture over ice
  • Garnish with lime wedge
  • Serve (makes 4 to 6 glasses)

Sing and dance responsibly…


About Dave

About myself could be rather involved and include various tidbits of neurosis that could intrigue the psychiatric community, so I will defer for now.

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