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It’s Always a Fiesta with Margarita’s Amigos

Need some ideas for your next party? How about some tailgating tips?
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Mixing Up Margaritas

At the heart of every great salsa fiesta is the margarita. (We may or may not be biased in this opinion.) Delicious, tangy and always a crowd favorite. For your next party set up a flavor-filled margarita bar. Everyone will get a taste of what they love plus try something new!

A great margarita party starts with the perfect base. And remember, the higher up on the shelf, the better tasting the margarita.

Margarita
Serves: 1
3-ounces silver tequila
2-ounces triple sec
1-ounce lime juice (fresh squeezed is always better)
Ice
Kosher salt
Lime, cut wedge for garnish

1)    Pour salt on a small plate, enough to cover it. Rub a lime slice on the rim of an 8-ounce glass and rotate the rim in the salt to coat the outside. Fill the glass with ice and place in the freezer.
2)    Add tequila, triple sec and lime juice to cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker halfway with ice.
3)    Shake vigorously until the outside becomes frosty. Strain into the chilled glass and garnish with a lime wedge.
4)    Bottoms up!

Batch Margarita
Serves: 6

18-ounces silver tequila (or a bit more, we don’t judge)
12-ounces triple sec
6-ounces lime juice (that’s about 6 big-sized limes)
Ice
Kosher salt
Lime, cut wedges for garnish

1)    Prepare 6 (8-ounce) glasses with kosher salt on the rims. Place glasses in freezer (while you wait for your guests to arrive).
2)    Add tequila, triple sec and lime juice to a blender. Add ice to fill the rest of the blender. Use “Stir” setting on blender until ingredients incorporate. (Note: You can choose to leave the ice in chunks or blend it even further for icier margaritas.)
3)    When your amigos arrive, pour everyone a glass and garnish with lime. Party on!
[subhead] With so many great margarita flavors to choose from, mix it up! Try these easy flavor additions at your next fiesta. Measurements for these additions complement the original margarita recipe. Multiply measurements by 6 for batch recipe.

Apple Cider
Replace lime juice with apple cider (or apple juice) and add a pinch of brown sugar. Garnish with a lime slice and apple slice.

Blue
Replace triple sec with Curaçao, a blue colored liqueur that tastes similar to triple sec.

Bulldog
Mix up a basic margarita and serve with an upside down Mexican beer in the glass. We recommend Corona or Dos Equis.

Cranberry
Add an extra 2-ounces of cranberry juice to original recipe. Try replacing half of the ice with frozen cranberries.

El Necio (Martini)
Substitute triple sec for vermouth and serve with no ice.

Grapefruit
Use 1-ounce grapefruit juice and only ∏ ounce lime juice. Garnish with a lime slice and grapefruit slice.

Mango Mint
Replace ice with frozen mango and blend into a puree. Put muddled mint leaves in the bottom of the glass and pour margarita mixture into glass.

Peach
Add an extra 1 or 2-ounces of fresh peach puree to the original recipe.

Pineapple
Replace ice with frozen pineapple and blend into a puree. Garnish with pineapple and lime slice.

Prickly Pear
Use 1-ounce of triple sec and add 2-ounces of prickly pear syrup. Coat rim in salt or sugar, depending on your taste.

Raspberry
Replace triple sec with raspberry liquor. Garnish with an orange slice and lime slice. For extra fruit, use frozen raspberries instead of ice.

Spritzer
Add club soda to the original recipe.

Strawberry
Replace ice with frozen strawberries and blend into a puree. Garnish with a strawberry slice.

Sunshine
Add a healthy splash of orange juice.

Watermelon
Use 1-ounce of watermelon puree in addition to the lime juice. Make it a Smokey Watermelon Margarita by adding a muddled jalapeno pepper.

Spicy Tidbit:
Need a fun theme for your next fiesta? Throw an Anything But Cups party. Guests must bring something to drink out of that’s anything but a cup! Examples include a dog or fish bowl, water gun, or cone. What will your guests dream up?

Skip the Chips

Did you know salsa is Spanish for sauce? All cooks know sauce can be an essential ingredient in a recipe. So save the chips for another day and let’s get cooking with salsa.

DIP IT

  • Hummus + Salsa + Pita
  • French Fries + Salsa
  • Shrimp + Salsa
  • Steamed Veggies + Salsa
  • Chicken Nuggets + Salsa
  • Cream Cheese + Salsa + Crackers
  • Yogurt + Salsa + Veggie Chips

TOP IT

  • Eggs (Omelets, Scrambled, Frittatas)
  • Grilled Chicken, Pork, Fish or Steak
  • Bruschetta Appetizer
  • Baked or Scalloped Potatoes
  • Hot Dogs
  • Pasta and Rice Dishes

MIX IT

  • Add to Mac & Cheese
  • Hamburger mixture
  • Add to Soup, Stew or Chili
  • Layer on Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Add to Meatloaf Recipe
  • Cheese + Salsa for Jalapeño Popper Filling
  • Add to Chicken, Tuna or Potato Salad
  • Add to Baked or Refried Beans
  • Add to Cornbread Batter

REPLACE IT

  • Toss with Pasta instead of traditional Arrabbiata Sauce
  • Substitute for Pizza Sauce
  • For Shrimp Stir Fry instead of teriyaki
  • Use for Seafood Marinade
  • Substitute for any recipe calling for Ketchup

Spicy Tidbit:
Have ‘Salsa Fondue’ for a fun family dinner night. Warm up salsa and place in the center of the table. Then grab all kinds of dippable, delectable goodies. Try salsa fondue with tortillas, cooked chicken or pork, pretzels, steamed broccoli and cauliflower, cubed potatoes, shrimp and hot dogs.

Raise the Bar for Your Amigos

Taco, Nacho and Burrito bars are a great way to satisfy a big group of amigos. Quick to set-up and no serving required! Plus, if your buddies’ appetites are like ours, there will be no leftovers to clean up.

FOOD BAR CHECKLIST

Delicious supplies needed for any Mexican-themed food bar.

  • Beef, Chicken, Pork, Steak and/or Fish, seasoned with our Taco, Chicken or Fajita Spice Pack
  • Mild, Medium and Hot Margarita’s Amigos Salsa
  • Margarita’s Amigos Picante Sauce
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Sliced Olives
  • Sour Cream
  • Chopped Bell Peppers
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Sliced Jalapeños
  • Guacamole
  • Hot Sauce

FOR TACOS

    Everything on the food bar list plus:

  • Hard Shell Flour and Corn Tortillas
  • Powdered Cheese
  • Verde Salsa

FOR NACHOS

    Everything on the food bar list plus:

  • Tortilla Chips
  • Margarita’s Amigos Original Queso and Margarita’s Dip
  • Fresh Jalapeños
  • Banana Peppers
  • Sliced Green Onion

FOR BURRITOS

    Everything on the food bar list plus:

  • Soft Shell Flour and Corn Tortillas
  • Cilantro Lime Rice
  • Refried Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Corn Salsa

Spicy Tidbit:
Throwing an adult birthday party? Fill a piñata with miniature alcohol bottles. Be sure to drink AFTER your amigos have finished swinging at the piñata.

Go the Distance for Your Tailgating or Sport Fiesta

You are sure to score if you use these tailgating tips at your next gathering.

PREPARATION IS KING

    Do as much prep work as you can the night before. Grilling burgers? Slice your lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cheese the night before. Kebabing? Skewer it up early in the day. You get the idea.

KEEP YOUR COOLER GAME ON POINT

  • If you have an array of beverage, place labels on the outside of the cooler to cut time spent digging.
  • Instead of ice, try freezing water bottles. You get cold drinks and water to drink later.
  • Need a warmer instead of a cooler? Line the cooler with tinfoil, heat up bricks wrapped in tinfoil and create a bottom layer in the cooler.

PUT ORGANIZATION ON DECK

  • If you need to bring a bunch of condiments, save space by putting them in an empty 6-pack holder. Can also be a handy holder for cutlery.
  • Bring along an empty plastic tub to store and haul dirty dishes.

IF YOU’RE THE QUARTERBACK

  • Are you going to be the first to arrive at a tailgate spot? Pick up a big helium balloon and tie it to your car with a long string. No binoculars required to find your primo spot.

TAKE OUT THE TRASH

  • Want to keep things as disposable as possible?
  • Line an old box with a trash bag and fill with ice for a disposable cooler.
  • Use cups and a cup holder from a gas station or fast food joint to use as a crudités tray.
  • Serving tacos? Do walking tacos instead! Place ingredients in individual corn chip bags and have no plate mess.

Spicy Tidbit:
Running around for a bottle opener? Tie one to the handle of your cooler!