The Quick and Dirty Juice-a-rita

The varieties of margaritas are infinite, particularly with people applying the name to any drink containing tequila and some sort of fruit product -- in much the same manner that jackasses add "tini" to any drink served in a cocktail glass (that's the real name for a martini glass, kids). Some days you have time to pour and mix and tweak your blend of tequila, lime juice and triple sec until you get it just right. Other days you need something quick and dirty to get the job done.

About two years ago I was asked to manage the libations as co-host of a baby shower (laugh it up, fuzz balls), which actually turned out to be more of a kegger in honor of a really pregnant lady and her baby daddy. The early-afternoon timing and relatively large amount of attendees called for a cocktail that lent itself to a large-quantity mixing methodology (think buckets) and basic ingredients that could be used for something else if we had a lot of leftovers.

Orange juice is always great for a morning-ish drink, but mimosas are overdone. I once had an outstanding margarita on a trip out to Big Bend State Ranch. Vixen Jen mixed fresh-squeezed OJ and lime juice with some tequila that our intern brought back from the other side of The Rio. With this in mind, the juice-a-rita (JAR) was born.

Whereas the standard margarita consists of a 7:4:3 ratio of tequila, triple sec and lime juice, the JAR consist of tequila, Simply Limeade and Simply Orange Juice in a 1:2:1 ratio. Go with that approach, or fiddle with until you've got the right amount of horsepower for your baby shower.


  • 1 oz. Silver tequila
  • 2 oz. Simply Limeade
  • 1 oz. Simply Orange Juice

Add the booze to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake if you're feeling classy. Else, add the contents to your Solo Cup. Stir with your finger, and add ice to suit your tastes.

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Jason Bargas
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