DIY Margarita Bar

by James Stevenson

One of my favorite summer activities is entertaining outside. Another one of my favorite activities is making Margaritas, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could have a party and put your guests to work? I have found that having an “activity” at a party is so much fun and provides a real way for guests to bond with each other and learn a skill; enter the DIY Margarita Bar. A simple explanation and guests will be pros by the end of the night crafting their perfect Margarita concoction! I always like to introduce my guests to different spirits and brands and give a bit of education about the spirit. This time around, I chose Gran Centenario Plata Tequila; for several reasons:

  1. The flavor is fresh and earthy
  2. I love that it sits in American Oak Barrels
  3. The end flavor of each Margarita was very rounded. You could still taste the tequila but it didn’t overpower the cocktail.

DIY Marg Bar:

  • 1 bottle of Gran Centenario Plata Tequila
  • 1 cup of jalapeño pineapple syrup
  • 1 cup of strawberry syrup
  • 1 cup of hibiscus syrup
  • 4 cups of lime juice
  • Tajín and sea salt for the rim
  • Sliced jalapeño, fresh strawberries and lime wedges for garnishes
    (Serves up to 24 though amounts can be adjusted based on the number of people)

Directions:

  1. Rim each glass with tajín or sea salt
  2. Add ice to the cocktail shaker
  3. Pick your favorite syrup and add 1 ounce to the shaker
  4. Add 2 ounces of tequila to the shaker
  5. Add 1 ounce of lime juice to the shaker
  6. Shake the cocktail then strain over ice
  7. Garnish

Spicy Jalapeño Pineapple Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ cup of fresh pineapple, cubed
  • ½ jalapeño sliced

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan
  2. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved
  3. Strain into storage bottle

Strawberry Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ cup of fresh strawberries, diced

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan
  2. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved
  3. Strain into storage bottle

Hibiscus Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ cup of dried hibiscus flowers

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan
  2. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved
  3. Strain into storage bottle

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