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Throw the ultimate Margaritaville USA National Pickleball Championships party with this amazing Margarita recipe and other party tips!

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Are you looking for a party idea that is perfect for the 2022 Margaritaville USA National Pickleball Championships? If so, look no further! A margarita party is the perfect way to celebrate this fun event. Here are some tips to help you throw a great party!

Pickleball, Margaritas, and Parties — Oh My! 

Calling all pickleball lovers! The time is quickly approaching for USA National Pickleball Championship, (November 5th-13th) and this is one event you do not want to miss. While watching match after match of pickleball players is already exciting — everything is better with margaritas. In honor of Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville sponsoring the event, you are hereby commissioned to have at least one margarita to mark the occasion.

In fact, why not just make it a party? There is always a good reason to have friends over and the USA Pickleball Championship is certainly one of those. So, call over all of your friends who love, and even the ones that don’t, to be a part of this exciting tournament. Just don’t forget the margaritas!  

Margaritas are simple and quick to make in large batches so you have no excuse not to invite your pickleball friends over to join in on the fun. If you and tequila don’t have a great friendship, the trick is — to drink better tequila! The reason most people hate tequila is due to bad experiences. (Those bad experiences usually are from hangovers worth the memory books.) If you have a hate for tequila, it was most likely made by bottom-shelf tequila. So let’s erase those bad memories and replace them with good ones. There are plenty of tequila options that will change your mind in one sip (and won’t break the bank) 

Tequila Types

different types of tequila lined up for Margaritaville Pickleball Championship Party

 

Before we get into how to make a margarita, let’s go through a quick tequila rundown. There are four major tequilas that are used regularly: blanco, repasado, anejo, and extra anejo.

  • Blanco — or silver as some call it, is a baby tequila and is only aged for two months or less. Don’t let the age of this liquor fool you — silver tequila is the best to use for margaritas and countless other cocktails and will be used in the recipe below. 
  • Reposado — aged for two months to a year and is great to sip or to use in your favorite tequila-based cocktail. 
  • Anejo — aged at least a year and fantastic just to sip on neat or over ice. (Try subbing Anejo tequila in your next Old Fashioned order, you won’t be disappointed.) 
  • Extra Anejo — this tequila is aged for at least three years and is the crème de a crème of tequila. You can never go wrong sipping on an extra Anejo tequila.  

Now that you have a slight idea of the differences between tequila (and just how many different styles there are) let’s get to the good stuff! Margaritas shouldn’t be intimidating as they only require four ingredients and less than five minutes out of your day. So, let’s get started! 

Classic Margarita

 

chilled margarita in glass with salt rim

Ingredients

2oz Blanco tequila 
1/2 oz Cointreau (or any other orange liquor) 
1oz freshly squeezed lime juice 
1/2 oz agave 

Pour all of these ingredients into a cocktail shaker with lots of ice and shake until the shaker feels icy. 

Rim the edge of your cocktail glass with rock salt or Tajin (optional). 

Dirty pour your margarita into the cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wheel. 

Variations

-If you love frozen margaritas instead of on the rocks, pour your ingredients into a blender instead of shaking. Blend until you get the desired consistency and pour it into your cocktail glass.

– If you like your margarita on the fruity side you can add in strawberries, mango, or your fruit of choice for an extra dose of sweetness.

Batch Margaritas

If you have a lot of friends and don’t want to make each margarita by hand, batch margaritas are about to become your best friend.

Ingredients

3 cups of Blanco tequila

1 ½ cups Cointreau
1 ½ cups Fresh squeezed lime juice 
1/4 cup agave (adjust based on sweetness preference)  

Pour all of the ingredients into a large pitcher and stir until everything is combined.

Top off with ice and place in the fridge for at least an hour before your guests arrive.

This margarita is simple, delicious, and sure to have you being the talk of your pickleball community. 

Tequila Recommendations

There are plenty of different tequila options to choose. These are the top five Blanco tequilas that we recommend using for your margarita recipe.

•Espolon Blanco $20-$25
•Socorro Blanco $35-$40 
•Codiga 1530 Blanco $40-$45
•Casamigos Blanco $40
•Herradura Directo de Alambique $50

Decorations

Margaritaville pickleball championship party decorations

If you are already going along with a Margaritaville theme for your party, you might as well take the full plunge and decorate to your tropical heart’s desire. Pick up some colorful parrots to place around the house, lei each friend that walks through the door, and have plenty of island décor to transport you to somewhere with white sands and blue ocean. 

Fake palm branches are an easy way to decorate a food table, strategically place some symbolic Margaritaville parrots, or you can even use actual margarita glasses as décor. No matter how you choose to decorate be sure to use bright colors that will transport you, and your guests, to the Caribbean. Nothing about the beach is dull so neither should your decorations. 

Resources: Jimmy Buffett Spotify Playlist

Parrotheads and Pickle On!

The best part about pickleball is the community that is created around this beloved sport. So, take the opportunity to indulge in the excitement of a Margaritaville pickleball party. Invite all your nearest and dearest pickleball pals, switch that screen to the USA Pickleball Championship, sip on that deliciously curated margarita, and thank Jimmy Buffett for an extra reason to raise a margarita to the screen as we celebrate the wins and losses of this competition.

How to Watch 2022 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships Live

The Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships will feature Live @ Nationals with expansive coverage on ESPN+, For The Fans, Roku, Selkirk TV, and YouTube. Three courts will have their games broadcast live for a total of 80 hours from November 5th to 13th. The program will be accessible from all the platforms mentioned earlier and the official event website.

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