Oh hello, summer.

We had friends over for dinner a few weeks ago.  I'm not sure why this is such a rare occurrence.  No matter where we lived growing up, my parents belonged to a dinner club...my favorite was called "Grub Club." Our house was frequently filled with people, or were heading somewhere, to share a meal.  I'm convinced this is because it was in the days BEFORE Martha Stewart Living and Pinterest.

{Don't get me wrong, I love me some Martha and have spent approximately 192,000 hours of my life on Pinterest.}

OK...so, back to us actually having friends over.  I did not take pictures of the food.  Except for this one of margarita making in progress with my phone:

Make-Ahead Margaritas for a Crowd
It looks really pretty on my phone, not so much on the computer.  I thought about waiting to post this recipe until I had "real" pictures, but then thought...you NEED margaritas.  Like, pronto!  There is no waiting.  It's summer!!!

Make-Ahead Margaritas for a Crowd
{serves 8-10}

2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice (approximately 74 limes, ha!)
2 cups tequila (100% agave)
1 cup Cointreau

sugar-salt rim:
1 TBSP granulated sugar
1 TBSP kosher salt
zest of one lime (preferably grated with a microplane)
lime wedges

Heat the water and sugar together in a small saucepan until the sugar has completely dissolved.  Set aside to cool.

In a large pitcher, combine the cooled sugar syrup, lime juice, tequila, and Cointreau.  Stir well.  Refrigerate.

Make the sugar-salt rim.  On a small plate, stir together the sugar, salt, and lime zest.

To make the margaritas, run a lime wedge along the edge of a glass.  Dip the glass into the sugar-salt mixture.  Fill the glass with ice.  Stir the margarita mix and pour over ice.

{recipe adapted from Martha Stewart & Food Network}

PS. You may want to double this recipe...we ran out!  
That's the sign of a good dinner party (not poor planning on my part), right?!? 



  1. Love that you ran out! How long will it take me to juice 74 limes??

  2. Or the no-cook way...
    This is my mom's 1-1-1 recipe

    In blender combine:
    1 Can of Frozen Limeade
    Fill limeade can with tequila
    Fill limeade can with triple sec
    Fill rest of blender with ice and frape'...or whatever your favorite blender setting is.

  3. you need a juicer! I want one right now!

  4. Bridget,
    My sister-in-law would love this. Great summer drink.

  5. Ahhhhh!!!!! I SOOOOOO need this!!!!!!

  6. I spend WAY WAY too much time on Pinterest!
    I would so want to have a dinner party with you that would be a blast!
    Running out definitely is a sign of a good party!

  7. I think I have a few recipes from your mom's Grub Club:) She inspired us to belong to a few dinner clubs.


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