How To Throw The Perfect Margarita Party!

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Looking for a unique, super fun, party idea? You’ve got to try a margarita party! All you need is tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup, and an assortment of fresh fruits and herbs. Your guests will love mixing up their own margarita creations!

Overhead view of bowls of fruits, sugar, and herbs and two cocktail shakers with hands making margaritas.

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I was at an industry party last week, and I’ve got to say it was probably one of the best parties I’ve been to in a long time.

The company, promoting its liquor, invited some of us to a mixology class, followed by a fabulous “make your own margarita” party which included several hundred additional guests. 

Bartenders were there to help portion out the tequila, suggest combinations of fruits and herbs, and give bartending tips. We had a grand time coming up with interesting combinations! 

Back home, the wheels were spinning! All I could think about was what a great party idea this is! 

Fruits, herbs, and salts in bowls.

How Do You Plan a Margarita Party?

You don’t need a blender to make a simple margarita. These margaritas are just fruit and/or herbs, tequila, orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple-Sec), lime juice, and simple syrup. 

To plan this party, have guests bring extra jiggers, cocktail shakers, and muddlers. You could also buy jiggers or muddlers for everyone to take home as a party favor. 

To make a classic margarita, follow the 3-2-1 ratio of tequila to orange liqueur to lime juice. Instruct your guests to use 1.5 ounces of tequila, 1 ounce of orange liqueur, and ½ ounce of lime juice, then muddle in any combination of fruit and herbs their hearts desire! 

Pitcher of margaritas being poured into a cocktail shaker, with fruits and herbs on a table.

For a little extra sweetness, make a batch of simple syrup – dissolve 1 part sugar to 1 part hot water, then cool and store in the refrigerator until party time.

Just a ½ ounce (or a couple tablespoons) is usually all that’s necessary per margarita, but party-goers can adjust to their liking. You could also substitute agave or stevia if desired.

Go crazy with the fruits and herbs; part of the fun is coming up with different margarita variations.

Spencer and I spent one afternoon testing and came up with the following combinations: Strawberry Basil (a favorite), Mango Chile Cilantro (a close second), Lavender Blueberry or Lavender Blackberry, and Pineapple Mango Chile Lime.

We decided that it’s best to keep the combinations fairly simple to let each flavor come through.

This could also be called a “skinny” margarita party since you are using fresh, natural ingredients. Most bottled margarita mixes contain lots of corn syrup and artificial flavorings and colorings. 

Bonus: tequila is gluten free!

Pouring Cointreau into a jigger.

Margarita Party Ideas

Here are some of our favorite margarita bar recipes. 

Strawberry Basil Margarita: Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped strawberries, 2-3 basil leaves, and lime juice to the shaker. Muddle gently, then add liquor and ice. Shake and strain. Garnish with a sprig of basil and a strawberry.

Hand pouring lime juice into a cocktail shaker with strawberries and basil for Strawberry-Basil Margarita.

Lavender Blueberry Margarita: Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup blueberries, 1-2 sprigs of lavender, and lime juice to the shaker. Muddle gently, then add liquor and ice. Shake and strain. Toss in a few fresh blueberries for garnish.

Salt-rimmed glass with blueberry margarita and lavendar garnish.

Mango Chile Cilantro Margarita: Add 2 slices of jalapeno, 1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped mango, 3-4 sprigs of cilantro, and lime juice to the shaker. Muddle gently, then add liquor and ice. Shake and strain. Garnish with a jalapeno slice.

This Chile Salt is perfect for rimming the glasses of all your spicy margaritas. Mix up a batch for your margarita bar, or package it up in small containers and give it as a party favor or hostess gift. 

Mix well and store in an airtight container.

Mango-Chile-Lime Margarita.
Mango-Chile-Lime Margarita.

What is Needed for a Margarita Bar?

  • Use an assortment of chopped fruit in ramekins. Some margarita bar ideas include mango, pineapple, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or peaches.
  • Add herbs. Basil, cilantro, mint, lavender, and thyme work well.
  • Sliced jalapeños are a must!
  • Ask friends to bring extra cocktail shakers, muddlers, and jiggers… the more the merrier!
  • Silver tequila works best for this type of party, as it allows the color of the fruit to show through.
  • Get plenty of ice! Crushed works best.
  • Straining the margarita is the traditional way, not straining is called a “dirty margarita”.
  • Pre-measure the alcohol, or encourage guests to follow the standard 3-2-1 tequila to orange liqueur to lime juice ratio for best results.
  • Use FRESH lime juice! If you’re going to all the trouble to throw a fabulous party, use the best ingredients possible, and that includes fresh lime juice. Pre-juice the limes and refrigerate.
  • Provide simple syrup in case guests would like to sweeten their drinks. Just a tablespoon or two is generally all that’s needed!
  • Pre-slice wedges and wheels of limes.
  • Provide regular salt and sugar for coating the rims. You can also offer homemade Chile Salt or Tajin seasoning. Try salting one half of the rim and putting sugar on the other half!
  • Make sure you provide plenty of food for guests to eat!
Bowls of blackberries, mango, jalapenos, limes, strawberries, basil, and sugar for a margarita party.

What Food Goes Well With Margaritas?

Don’t forget the food! Put out chips, salsa, guacamole or even Mexican shrimp cocktail while guests are mixing drinks.

Fresh guacamole in a white bowl with a chip dipping in.
Fresh guacamole.

This Slow-Cooker Chile Pork Colorado can be started the morning of the party. Just shred and serve with tortillas, cheese, cilantro, onions, and sour cream. Cilantro Rice can be made a day ahead and served cold or warm.

What interesting combinations would you put in your tequila when you throw the perfect margarita party?

Strawberry-Basil Margarita. Use 1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped strawberries, 2-3 basil leaves.

Margarita Bar for the Perfect Margarita Party

Cynthia
Create your own Margarita Bar for a fun make-your-own margarita party!
5 from 7 votes
Course Cocktail
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

Assorted fruits:

  • 1/4 cup mango, pineapple, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or peaches. chopped

Assorted herbs:

  • 2 sprigs Basil, cilantro, mint, lavender, and thyme work well.

Assorted vegetables

  • Sliced jalapenos and/or cucumbers

Garnishes

  • Assorted salts and sugars to rim glasses
  • Fresh limes cut into wedges for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Add desired fruits and/or herbs to cocktail shaker and gently muddle.
  • Add ice and Basic Margarita ingredients. Shake well.
  • Rub the rim of glass with a lime, then dip into desired sugar or salt.
  • Strain margarita into the glass and garmish with lime wedge.

Nutrition

Serving: 1margarita
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22 Comments

  1. This is such a great idea! Your photos make me want to break out my tequila and cocktail shaker right now! So glad that I learned all about tequila in Mexico and that I don’t actually hate it! 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful idea!!

  2. 5 stars
    What a fun idea for a party! I love making margaritas at home – so easy and always a crowd pleaser 🙂 Thank you for sharing such great ideas!

  3. wow I wish I was invited to this party! Those look delicious I love the fruits and the color of the drink blackberries are my favorite. I haven’t had a great margarita like this one in years would love one! What a great photo!

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