Sure, it’s fun to go out to a bar or restaurant, but Happy Hour at Home is fun too, and it’s so easy to make your own margarita flight!
Last weekend, we had lunch out on the patio of a Mexican restaurant with my kids while they were in town. It was an absolutely beautiful day, and the first time we had eaten at a restaurant since last March.
Although I was nervous at first, I ended up feeling really relaxed, because the restaurant did a great job of spacing the tables really far apart, and requiring masks anytime you were not sitting at your table. Plus, I have no doubt tequila aided in the relaxation. 😂
The waiter told us the margarita flights were their specialty, so of course, we had to try them. We ended up ordering a different flight for each couple to share. Mark and I shared one called “Midwestern Sunset”. It was so good!
Make Your Own Margarita Flight at Home
Fast forward a few days, and I was on my drive home from another stressful day of work. I mean, all days are pretty stressful right now when you work in a middle school of 1000 kids during a global pandemic. Just sayin’….
Anyway, on my drive home I was thinking about what type of cocktail I was going to make myself. (No judgment please….because, teacher+pandemic.)
“Something fruity sounds good,” I thought.
“Oh, something with watermelon sounds divine right now. I could stop at the local farm stand that I drive right past every day on my way home and get one…”
“Nah, too tired. Hmmm… I still have a lot of frozen strawberries in my freezer. I could try to make something strawberry-y. Yeah, that’s it. That’s what I’ll do.”
You know you’ve had a long day when you spend your whole 30-minute commute crafting cocktail recipes in your head…..
Frozen Fruit for the Win
I pulled in the driveway at the exact same time as my hubby. I told him I was going to make us a delicious fruity cocktail and we could sit outside in the sun and decompress.
When I opened up the freezer, I saw not only the frozen strawberries, but also frozen raspberries, blueberries, and peaches, too.
Suddenly, the tequila flights from last weekend popped into my head and an idea was born! I was going to make my own margarita flights!
How to Make Your Own Margarita Flight!
Make the Fruit Juice
I simply defrosted all 4 kinds of fruit in separate bowls in the microwave until soft. Then, I pushed each kind of fruit, one at a time, through a fine-mesh strainer, to separate the pulp from the juice.
I discarded the pulp and ended up with 4 flavors of fresh fruit juice.
Make a Batch of Fresh Lime Margaritas
This is the recipe we always use for margaritas. While I was pressing the fruit juices, hubs mixed up a batch of these.
The BEST Fresh Lime Margaritas on the Rocks
- 6 oz lime juice fresh squeezed
- 4 oz tequila
- 2 oz triple sec
- 2 oz simple syrup
- salt/sugar mixture for the rim
- Rub rim of margarita glasses with a lime wedge to wet, then dip rim in a mixture of equal parts salt and sugar.
- Fill glasses with crushed ice.
- Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice and simple syrup to a cocktail mixer filled with ice and shake vigorously.
- Pour over crushed ice in glasses. Done!
Fruit Juice Over Ice
Next, we rimmed four rocks glasses with salt/sugar, then fill them with crushed ice. We poured one of the pressed fruit juices into each glass, filling it about 1/4 full.
Then, we gently poured in the fresh lime margarita mixture, to fill the remainder of the glasses.
I garnished each class with a fresh lime circle. I served our cocktails on a long platter, but you could even use a cutting board to create your flight.
Once again, my favorite repositionable chalkboard labels came in handy to label each flavor of margarita in the flight.
Tada! Our very own custom margarita flight at home!
Not only were they incredibly beautiful and colorful, but they were also cold and fruity with just the right amount of tartness from the limes.
You guys, these are really so easy to make, and such fun! They are the perfect treat for Happy Hour at Home!
Cheers! Oh, and in case you need a good trip dip to go with those margs….. check out this post: Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour!
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13 thoughts on “Make Your Own Margarita Flight!”
I’m running behind!! Thanks so much for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party last week. Hope to see you there this week too!! Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party. Hope the rest of your week is amazing!
Niky this is such a great idea and the fruit colors make a pretty presentation! Be sure to look for your post to be featured this week on our Tuesday Turn About Link Party!
Thanks so much, Michelle! That’s so exciting! I’ll look for it!
Thanks for sharing with us I’ll be featuring you when the next To Grandma’s house we go party starts! Happy Spring!
I am not sure where to start with my comments…I think those look absolutely delicious and incredibly dangerous. I am impressed you took such beautiful pictures when you were (very deservedly) stressed and tired. I cannot imagine being among 1000 young folks during the pandemic. I don’t think I would have ever gotten around to cooking dinner after those delightful cocktails, give me chips and salsa and I would be done for the day.
Okay, that is the most fun thing ever! I have to send this to my friend who is always hosting parties with drinking themes! So great. Thanks for sharing and linking up!
I hope your friend enjoys it, Shelbee!
What a great idea! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!
Love this post! How fun to make your own margarita flight.
Next to chocolate and bananas (just came from your delicious smoothie post) my favorite refreshing summer drink is a margarita. But a flight of assorted margarita flavors, yessssss please! Thanks for the recipes and the idea for a fun drink idea when we can finally entertain again.
Looks and sounds delish! Visiting you today from the friendship friday blog hop.
Niky these look fantastic! I’ve never seen this idea before and I’m sold! I love the idea of using frozen fruit for juice too. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday.