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Margaritas by the Pitcher

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A pitcher of Margaritas will make a room full of people happy. This recipe from Dale DeGroff scales up the classic into a large batch.


  • 10 ounces lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 14 ounces Cointreau
  • 3 1/2 ounces agave syrup or simple syrup
  • 22 ounces tequila
  • Garnish: 12 lime wheels


Serves 12.

  1. In a 52-ounce pitcher, add the lime juice, then the Cointreau, and stir to combine.

  2. Add the agave or simple syrup and the tequila, stir to combine, and taste. (It should still be intense, since it hasn't yet been diluted with ice.)

  3. To serve, pour 4 ounces of the mixture at a time into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. (If you have a large shaker or a gallon jar with a screw-top, you can shake a whole bunch of drinks at the same time.)

  4. Strain into a stemmed Margarita glass with a half-salted rim or a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.

  5. Garnish with a thin lime wheel.