This month’s DIY post is a little different from those of months past. Because this month, we’re making margaritas! If you think about it, this technically counts as a DIY because we’re making these margaritas from scratch–no machine and no expert. I roped in a couple friends to help me try these out, because safety first, you know? We tried out two different flavors, but process of the making them stayed the same. So once you’ve gotten the hang of it, feel free to try whatever flavors you’re feeling. And add some frills if you want to–I’m talking ice, salt, little umbrellas. Make it your own!
Just in case it doesn’t go without saying, this DIY is only for those who are over 21 years of age. But don’t worry, there are plenty more universal DIYs coming in the next couple of months!
What You Will Need:
Tequila (brand is up to you)
Margarita mix (flavors are up to you)
Cocktail shaker/blended smoothie container
Ice (optional, but recommended)
Margarita glasses (optional)
Margarita salt (optional)
Start by preparing your glass and your garnishes. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of your glass if you want to add some margarita salt to complement the bitter flavor of the tequila. Water also works perfectly fine if you don’t have a lime. This step was actually a little harder than I expected, so if the salt doesn’t go on perfectly, don’t worry about it.
Some people like to add oranges and/or limes into their margaritas for some fruity flavor. I didn’t try either of these, but go ahead and cut out some wedges or spirals if you’re wanting to give it a go. You’ll want to add them after you pour your finished product into your glass (see Step 4).
Now it’s time to pour your drink. Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix instructions say to add 1 oz. of tequila, followed by 3 oz. of margarita mix, and a cup of ice into a cocktail shaker. If you’re feeling bold, you can eyeball the mixture. Just keep your tequila 1/4 parts for every 3/4 of mix. That should be enough for a buzz without making your marg difficult to drink. And please, drink responsibly.
If you’re using ice, make sure to add that into the shaker before mixing everything together.
If there’s a correct way to use a cocktail shaker, we definitely did not do it. We actually just used a drink container for one of those smoothie blenders–I mean, it’s pretty much the same thing, right? All pre-written margarita making instructions say “shake well,” and you’re going to here it here too. Shake well.
Open your container and pour it into your glass. Fill her up, stopping just under the rim. And there you have it, a DIY margarita!
Don’t forget to add those orange/lime spirals/wedges you cut out in Step 1. Bar straws and drink umbrellas are also encouraged. Now, sit back and enjoy your delicious masterpiece.
Do you feel like a margarita making pro? I’m definitely ready to bartend some tables. Let me know what you thought of this DIY and, of course, what DIY you think I should try next month!