DIY Margarita Bar

Let friends create their own drink masterpiece with a DIY Margarita Bar. You provide the ingredients like fresh citrus juice and lime slices, but allow them to mix and match to make their favorite drink. These are a few tips and must-haves for a Margarita Bar that everyone will love.

The Set Up

  • A bar is perfect for both indoor and outdoor parties. Be sure to create a set up that is long enough so that several guests can be working their way down the line as they create their drinks. 
  • Set the bar up in logical order moving from salt, to ice, to liquor and then mixers and garnishes.

The Salt

  • Give guests the option of a salted or unsalted rim. Place a plate of margarita salt or ground sea salt next to the glasses along with lemon and lime wedges.
  • Another option is to pre-salt half of the glassware to save guests time at the bar.

 The Ice

  • Provide crushed ice for those who want their margaritas on the rocks.
  • If you’d like to serve drinks that are more like frozen margaritas consider an ice bucket full of finely ground shaved ice.

The Spirits

  • Offer a variety of tequilas for the margaritas including white and gold tequila and consider something a little different like mezcal.
  • Add some extras like triple sec and other flavored liqueurs.

The Mixers

  • Skip bottled sweet and sour mix and make your own using fresh Paramount Citrus lemon and lime juice. You can sweeten to your preferences with a little simple syrup.
  • Give guests the option to make flavored margaritas by offering fresh squeezed orange juice and mixed berry, mango and watermelon juices.

The Garnish

  • The last step is to dress up the margaritas with garnishes. Supply Paramount Citrus lemon, lime and orange slices, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries.
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Lemon Lime Tree Centerpiece

This lemon and lime tree is simple and requires few supplies. Place it on your serving table or on the mantle for a colorful conversation piece that will get a lot of attention.

SUPPLIES:
15-inch foam craft cone
1 display plate
40 to 50, 2-to-3-inch pieces of firm stem wire (18 gauge)
24 to 30 Paramount Citrus lemons
16 to 20 Paramount Citrus limes
2 bunches white silk flowers
1 large bow

PREPARATION

1. Place the foam cone in the center of the plate. Starting at the bottom, insert a piece of wire halfway into the cone. Secure a lemon on the end of the stem wire. Continue to work your way around the base of the cone and then repeat a second layer of lemons.

2. Using the same method, add a layer of limes. Continue with two rows of lemons and finish with limes.

3. Cut the flowers to 1 to 2 inch stems. Use them to fill the gaps between the lemons and limes. Insert them into the foam if necessary to secure.

4. Tie the bow at the top or secure with more stem wire and the arrangement is ready to display.

 



Late Summer Lager Cocktail
Celebrate citrus and the late summer season with this sweet and smooth beer cocktail! Tangy lemon juice is combined with Concord grape juice, topped with a lager and finished with a splash of brandy.
SERVINGS: 1
TIME TO TABLE:5 minutes prep.
INGREDIENTS:1 oz. 100% concord grape juice, chilled¾ oz. fresh Paramount Citrus lemon juice3 oz. lager beer, chilled½ oz. brandyIce
PREPARATION
1. Add the grape juice and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. Stir in the beer. Pour in the brandy.
2. Place 2 to 3 ice cubes in the cocktail shaker and stir until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass. This drink can be served with or without ice.

 

Late Summer Lager Cocktail

Celebrate citrus and the late summer season with this sweet and smooth beer cocktail! Tangy lemon juice is combined with Concord grape juice, topped with a lager and finished with a splash of brandy.

SERVINGS: 1

TIME TO TABLE:
5 minutes prep.

INGREDIENTS:
1 oz. 100% concord grape juice, chilled
¾ oz. fresh Paramount Citrus lemon juice
3 oz. lager beer, chilled
½ oz. brandy
Ice

PREPARATION

1. Add the grape juice and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. Stir in the beer. Pour in the brandy.

2. Place 2 to 3 ice cubes in the cocktail shaker and stir until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass. This drink can be served with or without ice.

 

Chipotle Lime Mac n Cheese
This creamy mac n cheese gets its heat from chipotle peppers along with a cooling twist of tangy flavor from fresh lime zest. It’s an easy and delicious side dish that makes the perfect partner for any main course.
SERVINGS: 6 to 8
TIME TO TABLE: 10 minutes prep, 20 minutes cooking. 
INGREDIENTS:2 slices bacon, chopped¼ cup finely chopped onion2 cloves garlic, minced3 tablespoons unsalted butter3 tablespoons all-purpose flour3 cups 2% or whole milk12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded2 chipotle peppers, chopped + 2 teaspoons adobo sauce1 teaspoon fine ground sea salt1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper1 lb. large elbow macaroni, cooked to al denteZest of 2 Paramount Citrus limes
PREPARATION
1. In a 4 to 5 quart pot, cook the bacon over medium heat for about 7 minutes or until it becomes crisp and the fat is visible on the bottom of the pan. Transfer the bacon to a small dish.
2. Add the onion and garlic to the pot and cook for 1 minute. Add the butter, cook until melted and bubbly. Whisk in the flour until a paste forms. Slowly whisk in the milk.
3. Raise the heat to bring the milk to a simmer as you whisk. Continue to cook and whisk until the sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, 5 to 7 minutes.
4. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cheese until melted. Add the chopped peppers and the adobo sauce, salt and ground black pepper.
5. Stir in the macaroni and the reserved bacon. Remove the pot from the heat. Add the lime zest and stir until all ingredients are combined and the pasta is coated with the sauce. Serve warm.

Chipotle Lime Mac n Cheese

This creamy mac n cheese gets its heat from chipotle peppers along with a cooling twist of tangy flavor from fresh lime zest. It’s an easy and delicious side dish that makes the perfect partner for any main course.

SERVINGS: 6 to 8

TIME TO TABLE: 
10 minutes prep, 20 minutes cooking. 

INGREDIENTS:
2 slices bacon, chopped
¼ cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups 2% or whole milk
12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 chipotle peppers, chopped + 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
1 teaspoon fine ground sea salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 lb. large elbow macaroni, cooked to al dente
Zest of 2 Paramount Citrus limes

PREPARATION

1. In a 4 to 5 quart pot, cook the bacon over medium heat for about 7 minutes or until it becomes crisp and the fat is visible on the bottom of the pan. Transfer the bacon to a small dish.

2. Add the onion and garlic to the pot and cook for 1 minute. Add the butter, cook until melted and bubbly. Whisk in the flour until a paste forms. Slowly whisk in the milk.

3. Raise the heat to bring the milk to a simmer as you whisk. Continue to cook and whisk until the sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, 5 to 7 minutes.

4. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cheese until melted. Add the chopped peppers and the adobo sauce, salt and ground black pepper.

5. Stir in the macaroni and the reserved bacon. Remove the pot from the heat. Add the lime zest and stir until all ingredients are combined and the pasta is coated with the sauce. Serve warm.

Spicy Lime Grilled Shrimp Packet

In this recipe jumbo shrimp, spicy hot sauce and tangy lime juice are grilled together in a convenient foil packet. Serve it with steamed vegetables for a simple meal with easy clean up.

SERVINGS: 3 to 4

TIME TO TABLE:
5 minutes prep, 15 minutes grilling. 

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb. raw jumbo shrimp, cleaned and peeled
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, diced
Juice of 1 Paramount Citrus lime
1 tablespoon Louisiana hot sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ teaspoon fine ground sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

PREPARATION

1. Preheat the grill to high heat.

2. Place the shrimp in a medium bowl. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir well.

3. Lay a large piece of aluminum foil (about 18 x 15 inches) on a flat surface. Pour the shrimp into the center of the packet.

4. Turn the foil so that the long side is horizontal. Fold the top and bottom edges to meet in the center. Roll the foil down two to three times to seal the top. Roll each end in to completely seal the packet.

5. Grill for 10 to 15 minutes, until shrimp turn opaque and the shallot and garlic are tender.