Time10 minutes
YieldsMakes 12 margaritas
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
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Whether it is Superbowl Sunday, Cinco de Mayo or a get-together to entertain just for the sake of it, a pitcher of tangy, tequila-laden margaritas makes entertaining easy. Once mixed, your guests can pour and replenish their margaritas for themselves and each other, leaving you free to attend to other details or just relax and enjoy a drink with them. For the best results, use freshly squeezed orange, lemon and lime juices for the sweet and sour mix. Some may not be able to tell the difference but your culinarily keen guests will appreciate it.

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Sweet and sour mix


In a glass or nonreactive container, stir together the sugar and orange juice until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the lemon juice and lime juice. This makes about 5 1/2 cups mix, which will keep, covered and refrigerated, up to 1 week. Shake or stir before using.


In a pitcher filled with ice, combine the tequila, orange liqueur and sweet and sour mix, stirring to combine. To serve, pour into salt-rimmed glasses filled with ice, garnishing each cocktail with a lime wedge.