How To Make A Margarita Bar

Today I’m going to show you how to make a margarita bar. You’ll only need a few ingredients to create classic margaritas (lime), pineapple margaritas and raspberry margaritas. Margarita perfection awaits!

Classic margarita recipe - and how to make a margarita bar from @sweetphi

Continuing on the celebrations from my Cinco de Mayo party we’re talking all about margaritas today, because what party would be complete without a cocktail? And of course since it was a Cinco party, the signature cocktail had to be margaritas.

How to make a margarita bar

Margaritas hold a special place in my heart. The first date my husband and I ever went on was to a Mexican restaurant with really good margaritas. A few weeks ago when I was really in the mood for some margaritas and chips we went to the same restaurant and as we were talking I was professing my love for margaritasΒ he suggested I do a tutorial on how to make a margarita bar, just like I had done for my how to make a mimosa bar tutorial. Genius! I knew I married him for a reason haha.


So clearly, at this point you know I’m a huge margarita fan! But unlike some, I’m not a fan of frozen slushy type margaritas where the only thing one can taste is a margarita mix. I’m a fan of a classic margaritas on the rocks. Margaritas with fresh juice and delicious tequila!


To make a margarita bar you’ll need:

  • Margarita glasses (I purchased these disposable margarita glasses)
  • Carafes for juice (I purchased these disposable carafes)
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh fruit juice (fresh squeezed limes, pineapple juice, and raspberry simple syrup)
  • Fresh fruit slices for garnish (I had lime slices, pineapple chunks, and fresh raspberries)
  • Triple sec liqueur
  • Tequila (I like using a good agave tequila)
  • Kosher salt for the rim of the glass (optional, I forgot I had purchased salt and forgot about it, the margaritas were still delish!)

Margarita bar

The disposable margarita glasses are perfect for if you’re having a party, you can just throw them out when you’re done! And the carafes are perfect for displaying the different juices, but if you don’t have them, you could certainly just set out the different juices.

How to make a margarita bar - 3 types of margaritas

Set all the ingredients on a table and then guests can choose which flavor margarita they’d like. They’ll take a glass, fill it with ice cubes, pour in a little tequila, a dash of triple sec, and then finish it with their juice of choice, and voila, everyone has a unique margarita!

These margaritas would be perfect served with some Mexican food at a Cinco de Mayo party or any other fiesta or party where you need some delicious cocktails!

How To Make A Margarita Bar
Prep time
Total time
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1½ cups lime juice (about 10-12 limes, juiced)
  • 1½ cups raspberry simple syrup (equal parts seedless raspberry jam and water)
  • Triple sec
  • Tequila
  • kosher salt (optional)
  1. Start by making the raspberry simple syrup (this can be made the day before). In a sauce pan place equal parts seedless raspberry jam and water (3/4 cup of each) and bring to a slow boil and reduce heat while stirring constantly. As soon as it starts to boil, reduce heat to low and continue stirring, make sure there are no solid parts of jam remaining.
  2. To make the margaritas put ice cubes in a glass, pour 2 oz tequila, 1 oz triple sec, 2 oz juice , stir and serve (you could also put ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake and pour into a glass and serve.)

How to make a margarita bar

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  • SunΓ© Moolman

    I’m such a fan of bars like these – it makes your guests feel at ease when jumping in and helping themselves.
    I can already tell that the pineapple is going to be my favourite.
    Everything looks really festive over there, I’m super jealous that you’ll be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with warm weather! πŸ™‚

    • Sweetphi

      Thank you so much, that is exactly what I was going for! I love when guests feel at ease and can make something that they’ll like πŸ™‚

  • wearenotmartha

    Loving all your Mexican themed posts lately! I never use margarita mix in my margaritas, so these are right up my alley!


    • Sweetphi

      I just can’t get enough of Mexican themed food and cocktails, can’t you tell lol πŸ™‚ Thank you for commenting sues!

  • Jamie | Jamie's Recipes

    I want to come to your parties! What a great bar with fun flavor options. I’d probably have to have one of each…for science πŸ™‚

    • Sweetphi

      Thank you so much Jamie, you’re always invited to my parties πŸ™‚ And hahahah, yes, for science!

  • Lynn Lovejoy

    LOVE these! Your hubby is full of great ideas! I’m the same way with my margs…I’m not into the slushy fake-tasting ones…I like them on the rocks with lots of salt! We definitely need to get margaritas at least one night in Portland/CA!

    • Sweetphi

      I mean I already knew you were my bff because of a million other things, but now that I know how you like your margaritas, bff status secured lol! And girl, ‘at least one’ … lets shoot for more than one lol!

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    Love it! I kind to try alll of those. I am always a no salt, on the rocks girl πŸ™‚

    • Sweetphi

      Thank you so much girl, on the rocks margaritas are the best aren’t they?

  • grandbabycakes

    This bar is so fantastic for entertaining. My problem is sometimes I want to set up a bar like this just for me (no I’m not an alcoholic I promise).

    • Sweetphi

      Haha girl, I’m right there with you…um…I had to sample all of them, all in the name of recipe testing, right?

  • Reply

    Such a fun idea! I will gladly take one of each please πŸ™‚

    • Sweetphi

      I *had* to taste test each one for recipe testing…oh the hardships lol!

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