A Gallon of Margaritas by the Gallon

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It’s summer here in Oregon, which means barbecues, camping trips and river floats are on the agenda for the next few months. I always love showing up with a gallon jug of pre-mixed margaritas for the party, so I’ve decided to share my recipe with you, the loyal reader.

[Update: I just realized – three years later – that there was some confusion about the amounts specified due to my suggestions regarding how many bottles to purchase for the recipe. I hope it’s more clear now, but just in case… You will need to buy two fifths of tequila and measure out six cups (you should be left with about two ounces), and you’ll need to buy one fifth of triple sec and measure out 2½ cups (this should leave you with about an ounce). I hope this helps, and sorry for the three years of confusion.]

I usually make this recipe several gallons at a time and I serve them in one of these classic, durable, insulated coolers. What I’ll do is add a couple of gallon-size Ziploc bags full of ice right in the cooler and it’ll keep the whole thing nice and cold all day long. And as an added benefit, the Ziploc bags will keep the melting ice from diluting the Margaritas as they sit.

Hey, are you looking for a single-serving Margarita? Don’t need to make twenty of these damn things? Well here’s a really solid recipe that we use at all our bars, and that I use at home!

One Gallon of Margaritas Print Me

  • 6 cups tequila (you'll need to buy two fifths for this)
  • 2½ cups triple sec (just buy one fifth, please)
  • 2½ cups fresh lime juice
  • 2½ cups fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups simple syrup
  1. Mix ingredients together in a large insulated container.
  2. Fill container with gallon Ziploc bags full of ice to chill
  3. When ready to serve, pour mixture into an 8-ounce glass filled with ice.
  4. Salted rim is optional.
  5. Makes around 20 margaritas per gallon.

Recipe printed courtesy of jeffreymorgenthaler.com

279 Replies to “A Gallon of Margaritas by the Gallon”

  • Colleen

    Sounds like fun. But please don’t get drunk and vandalize my website. It took me a week to get the spraypaint off the site the last time a bunch of girls got together and drank my margaritas.

  • Colleen says:

    Oh my god I can’t stop laughing! You are adorable! I will be sure to show the girls your pic while we drink a toast to you as we enjoy those tasty treast and I will keep them off the keyboard to make sure your site stays sparkly clean 😉

  • Colleen says:

    Oh my god I can’t stop laughing! You are adorable! I will be sure to show the girls your pic while we drink a toast to you as we enjoy those tasty treats and I will keep them off the keyboard to make sure your site stays sparkly clean 😉

  • joshcore says:

    went to mazatlan few weeks ago on a cruise. bartender put 1/2 oz of champagne in my margarita on the rocks. was probably the best margarita i had in my life.

  • Colleen says:

    Hey Jeffrey would Cosmos be a good drink to make by the gallon? My girlfriends love them but they are annoying to make over and over.

  • Jeff S says:

    Great website and excellent advice you are giving. Keep up the good work.

  • Ben C says:

    Awesome mix Jeff. I’m an expat living in London, you wouldn’t believe how hard (and expensive) it is to find Tequilla and Triple Sec out here.

    For anyone who wants to know, metric conversions:

    Per 2 litre bottle (makes about 1.825 L)

    700 ml Tequila
    300 ml each, lemon juice, lime juice and triple sec
    235 ml simple syrup

  • Ben, that’s some great information there, thanks!

  • Colleen says:

    So I made them for my girls night and MAN were they a hit! Needless to say my husband had to drive two of the girls home LOL. AND MAN is tequilla expensive ! I guess I haven’t drank it for a while!

    Cheers to you for making my night a success! You rock Jeffrey!

  • Conni says:

    Hi Jeff:

    Love your bulk margarita recipe–works ALL THE TIME! I recently enjoyed a Brandy Margarita and it was powerful! It seemed to have some OJ in it but I am not certain. Do you have a recipe for Brandy Margaritas and could you also please give me the proportions to make this delicious drink in bulk as well? Thanks very much!

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