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Original Margarita, Dale DeGroff (01-gallon)

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Source:  Dale DeGroff

Glass:  Tumbler or cocktail glass if served without ice

Makes:  1 gallon or 47 (4.5-oz) cocktails


For one gallon
  • 32-oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 16-oz simple syrup
  • 36-oz Cointreau
  • 44-oz 100% blue agave plata tequila 

  • 47 thin lime wheels

For Serving one gallon
  • 47 lime wedges, about 12 limes
  • Kosher salt (never iodized salt)
  • 0.75 to 1.5-gallons Simple syrup (total 70.5- to 188.0-ounces)
  • Ice cubes

For one-half gallon
  • 16-oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 8-oz simple syrup
  • 18-oz Cointreau
  • 22-oz 100% blue agave plata tequila

  • 24 thin lime wheels

For Serving one-half gallon
  • 24 lime wedges, about 6 limes
  • Kosher salt (never iodized salt)
  • 0.375 to 0.75-gallons Simple syrup (total 35.25- to 94.0-ounces)
  • Ice cubes



01.  Several hours before serving, and in a container slightly larger than one-gallon capacity, pour all the ingredients and adjust sweetness with lime juice and simple syrup.  "If it tastes good to you, it is probably good." Use immediately or chill until serving on the same day.

02.  When serving, frost half of the glass by rubbing a lime wedge on the outside edge of each glass, then dipping lightly into a saucer of kosher salt. 

03. Then, into a shaker filled with ice, pour 3.0 ounces of the lime juice mixture plus 1.5- to 2.0-ounces simple syrup to carry the flavor through water from the melting ice cubes. Shake to a slow ten count.

04.  Strain into the half salt-rimmed serving glasses. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Simple syrup

01. Halfway fill a screw-top jar with superfine (or bar) sugar.  

02. Add tap (or distilled) water (no need to heat), leaving about 1/2-inch headroom. Screw on the top securely.

03. Turn upside down and shake well. Repeat until sugar is dissolved and set aside.