Today I’m going to show you how to make a margarita bar. You’ll only need a few ingredients to create classic margaritas (lime), pineapple margaritas and raspberry margaritas. Margarita perfection awaits!
If you’re planning a Cinco de Mayo party, or any festive occasion, a margarita bar is a great idea! What party would be complete without a great cocktail?
Margaritas hold a special place in my heart. The first date my husband and I ever went on was to a Mexican restaurant with really great margaritas. A few years ago when I was really in the mood for some margaritas and chips we went to the same restaurant we went on our first date we were talking about my love for margaritas, he suggested I do a tutorial on how to make a margarita bar. I have a post for how to make a mimosa bar and people love it, so let’s do it again with margaritas!
So clearly, at this point you know I’m a huge margarita fan! But I am not a fan of frozen slushy type margaritas where the only thing one can taste is a margarita mix. I’m a fan of a classic margaritas on the rocks. Margaritas with fresh juice and delicious tequila!
To make a margarita bar you’ll need:
- Margarita glasses (I purchased these disposable margarita glasses)
- Carafes for juice (I purchased these disposable carafes)
- Ice cubes
- Fresh fruit juice (fresh squeezed limes, pineapple juice, and raspberry simple syrup)
- Fresh fruit slices for garnish (I had lime slices, pineapple chunks, and fresh raspberries)
- Triple sec liqueur
- Tequila (I like using a good agave tequila)
- Kosher salt for the rim of the glass (optional, I forgot I had purchased salt and forgot about it, the margaritas were still delish!)
The disposable margarita glasses are perfect for if you’re having a party, you can just throw them out when you’re done! And the carafes are perfect for displaying the different juices, but if you don’t have them, you could certainly just set out the different juices.
Set all the ingredients on a table and then guests can choose which flavor margarita they’d like. They’ll take a glass, fill it with ice cubes, pour in a little tequila, a dash of triple sec, and then finish it with their juice of choice, and voila, everyone has a unique margarita!
These margaritas would be perfect served with some Mexican food at a Cinco de Mayo party or any other fiesta or party where you need some delicious cocktails!
If you’re ever short on time, you could always make margaritas made with jam (jamaritas), another delicious easy margarita recipe.
How To Make A Margarita Bar
- 2 cups pineapple juice
- 1 1/2 cups lime juice about 10-12 limes, juiced
- 1 1/2 cups raspberry simple syrup equal parts seedless raspberry jam and water
- Triple sec
- Kosher salt optional
- Start by making the raspberry simple syrup (this can be made the day before). In a sauce pan place equal parts seedless raspberry jam and water (3/4 cup of each) and bring to a slow boil and reduce heat while stirring constantly. As soon as it starts to boil, reduce heat to low and continue stirring, make sure there are no solid parts of jam remaining.
- To make the margaritas put ice cubes in a glass. Pour 2 oz. tequila, 1 oz. triple sec, 2 oz. juice; stir and serve (you could also put ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake and pour into a glass and serve.)
We are throwing a party with a margarita bar but am trying to make margarita mixes but having bring their own tequila. Would it work the same way if we omit the tequila to make these different mixes and people would just add their own tequila to the mix?
What an amazing idea!!! YES, this would work the exact same way. I’d recommend making the mixes and then everyone can pour their own and just add however much tequila they’d like 🙂
La Nessa Morgan says
Hi, I am having a surprise Cinco De Mayo birthday for my boyfriend on Friday 5/5/17. (it is his actual birthday that day!!) I am planning on doing this but was wondering how much tequila and triple sec to buy to serve about 15-20 people? I never made margaritas before & am not sure how much to buy
A surprise Cinco De Mayo birthday party sounds so awesome! It all depends on how big of drinkers your guests are. You would be fine conservatively with 1 bottle of tequila and 1 bottle of triple sec, but if your guests are drinkers, than I’d get two bottles of each, just to be on the safe side 🙂 Hope you enjoy these amazing margaritas 🙂
La Nessa Morgan says
Thank you so much for replying!! You are a life saver. I am so happy you shared the idea too. You are so much help 🙂 🙂 🙂
Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files says
Such a fun idea! I will gladly take one of each please 🙂
I *had* to taste test each one for recipe testing…oh the hardships lol!
This bar is so fantastic for entertaining. My problem is sometimes I want to set up a bar like this just for me (no I’m not an alcoholic I promise).
Haha girl, I’m right there with you…um…I had to sample all of them, all in the name of recipe testing, right?
Abby @ The Frosted Vegan says
Love it! I kind to try alll of those. I am always a no salt, on the rocks girl 🙂
Thank you so much girl, on the rocks margaritas are the best aren’t they?
Lynn Lovejoy says
LOVE these! Your hubby is full of great ideas! I’m the same way with my margs…I’m not into the slushy fake-tasting ones…I like them on the rocks with lots of salt! We definitely need to get margaritas at least one night in Portland/CA!
I mean I already knew you were my bff because of a million other things, but now that I know how you like your margaritas, bff status secured lol! And girl, ‘at least one’ … lets shoot for more than one lol!
Jamie | Jamie's Recipes says
I want to come to your parties! What a great bar with fun flavor options. I’d probably have to have one of each…for science 🙂
Thank you so much Jamie, you’re always invited to my parties 🙂 And hahahah, yes, for science!
Loving all your Mexican themed posts lately! I never use margarita mix in my margaritas, so these are right up my alley!
I just can’t get enough of Mexican themed food and cocktails, can’t you tell lol 🙂 Thank you for commenting sues!
Suné Moolman says
I’m such a fan of bars like these – it makes your guests feel at ease when jumping in and helping themselves.
I can already tell that the pineapple is going to be my favourite.
Everything looks really festive over there, I’m super jealous that you’ll be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with warm weather! 🙂
Thank you so much, that is exactly what I was going for! I love when guests feel at ease and can make something that they’ll like 🙂