margarita drinks1Margaritas are perfect for summer parties. But at a party, you don’t want to be stuck behind the bar.

You want to be out enjoying your guests and party! There’s no need to hire a bartender. With a few simple steps, you can make margaritas party friendly.

First, choose your recipe. The classic Margarita is probably the best one to serve at a party because it is simple to make and generally enjoyed by everyone. The quality of the ingredients you choose will determine the quality of the drinks you make.

When it comes to tequila, everyone has their preferred brand and type. The best tequilas for margaritas are silver and gold. Gold tequilas are actually silver tequilas to which flavorings and colorings have been added.

Many people believe this gives them a more mellow taste that lends itself to mixed drinks. Other people believe that silver tequilas have a fresher, more authentic taste, and prefer them. Choose the type and brand you prefer. Most authors do not recommend the more expensive, aged reposado and anejo tequilas for mixed drinks.

Take the time to squeeze the lime juice yourself. The freshness of the lime juice will add an added accent to your margaritas that bottled juice just cannot compete with. Squeeze the limes on the day of the party and keep the fresh lime juice stored in the refrigerator, tightly covered. You will need additional limes for rimming the glasses and as a garnish.

Choose your orange liqueur carefully. Choose one actually made from oranges, and not just flavored to taste like oranges.

You will need salt for your glasses. You can buy all different types of salt sold specifically for margaritas. You can choose from different colors and flavors. But, simple coarse kosher salt is a perfect choice. It is inexpensive, readily available, and you probably already have some in your pantry.

Before the part, take the time to rim your glasses with salt. To do this, pour some salt in a small dish or on a small plate. Take a wedge of lime and run it around the rim of the glass, wetting the glass. Dip the rim of the glass into the salt, and move it in a circular motion a few times. Lift the glass up, and the rim will be coated with salt. Do this ahead of time, and store the glasses in a cool dry place until party time.

The kind of ice you choose can also make a difference. As ice melts, the water it was made from will become a part of your drink. Commercial ice is generally made to last longer. You can make your own clear, long lasting ice by boiling water, allowing it to cool, boiling it again and allowing it to cool, and then freezing it in ice trays. You should plan to do this ahead of time, and have some commercial ice available as a backup. Few things are worse than running out of ice at a party!

When it’s party time, you’ll be ready to toss your ingredients into the blender, blend and pour. In no time at all, you will have a round of margaritas for everyone. Ole!

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