Cinco de Mayo: DIY Margarita Bar


Cinco de Mayo is a big holiday in Los Angeles with the large Mexican population. I love celebrating it. Who wouldn't love to drink margaritas, eat $1 tacos and sing along to this playlist in mumbled (or drunken) Spanish? My dentist office even called me yesterday to invite me to their Cinco de Mayo celebration complete with a taco man serving tacos before having your teeth cleaned.

My friend Luci from Luci's Morsels came over and we created a DIY margarita bar for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. Simply place fun ingredients out and let your guests create their margarita to their likeness. Here are some of the ingredients we used.
Some other fun ingredients you could use for mix-ins are watermelon chunks, sliced jalapeño, mango chunks, mandarin segments, or basil. The possibilities are endless! We chose to do a lime-chili salt to add an extra kick to every sip.
photos by Luci of Lucis Morsels
The margarita mix I used is how my favorite margarita bar makes them; just limes, agave sweetener and your favorite tequila. Create the margarita mix beforehand and have your guests add their desired ingredients to a cocktail shaker, muddle together then pour into a salt-rimmed margarita glass. Luci decided to create a strawberry, blackberry and cucumber margarita, and I made a pineapple and mint margarita.

Bring out the chips and guacamole and you can all it a party! Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Ingredients:
Margarita mix:
(makes 1 liter)
1 cup tequila (I used my husband's favorite, Tequila Corralejo)
1/4 cup lime juice
1 cup water
1/4 cup agave sweetener (more or less to taste)
ice

Chili salt: 
1 part chili seasoning like Tajin
1 part kosher salt

Mix-ins:
strawberries
blackberries
frozen or canned pineapple chunks
lime wedges
tamarind (scraped out of the pod)
mint
anything else you like :)

Step 1: Rim your glass with a lime wedge then salt. You can do this for your guests beforehand if you prefer.

Step 2: Have your guests place their mix-ins into a cocktail shaker with ice, muddle with a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon.

Step 3: Add margarita mix then shake. Pour into your glass and enjoy!

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