Posted: May 03, 2013 11:00 AM
 
Entertaining for Cinco de Mayo? Put down the overly sweet, premade margarita mix and pick up your favorite tequila. You'll need it for these slushy margaritas that are sure to please a crowd (and yourself).

Slushy margaritas are perfect to serve when entertaining because you can make a big batch at one time so everyone can pour their own drink from the pitcher. Plus, who really wants to spend their time behind the bar mixing drinks individually when you have a big group of friends over? Wouldn’t it be more fun to hover over the chips and guacamole while gossiping?

The key to making great slushy margaritas is to use quality ingredients instead of premade margarita mix. Not only is the premade stuff full of sugar and carbs, it can also be really sweet.

As far as choosing tequila, Ted Carmon, spirits buyer at BevMo!, recommends "sticking with 100-percent agave tequila." And, "for a blended margarita, a silver stands up best: Sauza Hornitos Blanco, Cazadores Blanco, Milagro Silver and 1800 Silver are all excellent choices. Going too expensive is not necessary, due to the cocktail."

You can squeeze the limes and make the sweet and sour mix before company comes so the only thing you have to do is add the ingredients to the blender, mix and pour into the pitcher. Can’t get any easier than that.

Serving Tip^ Have glasses out for guests, along with precut limes and margarita salt so they can salt rim and add lime wedge for garnish if desired.

Slushy margaritas

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1 cup triple sec
  • 3 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 3 ounces homemade sweet and sour mix* 
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients.
  2. Add the ice and blend, adding more ice as needed to reach the desired consistency.
  3. Pour into a pitcher and allow guests to serve themselves.

To make homemade sweet and sour mix^

Combine 1 part simple syrup (equal parts boiling water and sugar) to 2 parts fresh squeezed lemon juice.

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