Best Cheap Margaritas for a Party

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It’s easy to make a great Margarita with expensive tequila,  Cointreau liqueur, and fresh-squeezed Key lime juice.  However, it’s even easier to make a great Cheap Margarita.

I interviewed a lot of bartenders, and the champion of the Houston Rodeo Margarita Contest, and put together this winner.  Your guests will never know it’s not “premium”.

Cheap Margarita Recipe

  • 1½ ounces Lunazul, Agavales, or Olmeca Altos 100% agave blanco tequila
  • ¼ ounce DeKuyper O3 Orange Liqueur or other triple sec
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce Minute Maid frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 cup of ice

— Put tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice mix in a shaker with ice.  Shake 33 times, and serve in a glass with ½ of the rim salted.  If you want to make the preparation even easier, mix 2 parts of fresh lemon juice with 1 part Minute Maid limeade concentrate, and use 3/4 ounce of this mix with the tequila and triple sec.

Using All Fresh Juice: If you still feel like squeezing fresh juice, mix 2 part of fresh lemon juice with 1 part Persian lime juice (the limes most commonly found in grocery stores) and use ¾ ounce of this mix instead of the lemon juice/limeade combo.

For pitchers of frozen margaritas, pour 12 ounces of tequila, 2 ounces of triple sec, 4 ounces of lemon juice, and 2 ounces of Minute Maid limeade concentrate into a blender with 3 or 4 handfuls of ice, and blend on high speed.

Lunazul costs about $17 and deserves the major awards it has won.  Agavales mixes very well and costs under $15. DeKuyper O3 Orange will never replace Cointreau, but it’s half the price and works beautifully with these Margaritas.

Other tequilas in the $20 range that have tested well are Campo Azul Reposado (the gold one).  Espolon makes a smooth, sweeter margarita with a milder tequila taste. Other highly-rated tequilas in this price range include El Padrino and Pueblo Viejo. Sauza Hornitos Reposado (gold) provides an enjoyable burn.

For Strawberry Margaritas, add 2 fresh or frozen strawberries per drink, before mixing.

 

Cheap award-winning tequila makes cheap great margaritas
Cheap award-winning tequila makes cheap great margaritas
Fancy margarita glasses or garnishes are not always necessary.
Fancy margarita glasses or garnishes are not always necessary.