How Many Drinks Does a Margarita Machine Make?
Margaritas and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly. We’ve rented out so many margarita machines this summer, and I get many of the same questions over and over so I decided to create this FAQ page.
How many drinks does a margarita machine make?
Most standard machines make 5 gallons (640 ounces). A typical serving (whether in a margarita glass or a plastic cup) is 8 oz; so, the machine will make approximately 80 servings. A dual machine will hold 2 flavors, and the bowls range from 3-5 gallons per side.
Note: These estimates are for alcoholic beverages. If you use choose to use the mix to make slushees or other frozen drinks without alcohol, each batch will make approximately 60 servings.
How many guest will one machine serve?
This is of course dependent upon how many drinks each guest will have and how long the party will be. Here are some general guidelines:
- 1 machine for up to 100 guests
- For up to 50 guests, you will use 1-2 mixes/batches
- For 50-100 guests, you will use 3-4 mixes/batches
- 2 machines for up to 200 guests
- For 100-150 guests, you will use 4-5 mixes/batches
- For 150-200 guests, you will use 5-6 mixes/batches
Note: this is based on the number of guests that will be drinking margaritas. If you are serving other drinks as well, only a portion of your guests will drink margaritas. Read more about that here.
How long does it take to make a batch of margaritas/frozen drinks with the machine?
This varies for each machine. Most machines take about an hour to freeze, but some machines can take up to 4 hours. You can speed up the process by having the ingredients already cold, but not frozen, before adding them to the machine.
How much alcohol should I use?
Your machine and the mix you use will come with instructions. General guidelines are one bottle (750 ml) tequila and 1/2 bottle (750 ml) Triple Sec per batch.
Who provides the mix and liquor? Does that come with the rental?
The rental company will provide the mix. You will get to choose from a variety of flavors. Most companies have margarita, strawberry and pina colada. Some companies have many other choices as well. You can also purchase your own mix. I personally love this organic one available on Amazon. And if you want to get fancy, you can make your own. See my healthy-ish (skinny margarita) recipe here.
What other things should I plan for?
Make sure the rental comes with an electrical cord and that nothing else is plugged into the outlet (110v, 20amp circuit). Note: you cannot use your own electrical cord with the machine.
Do you have other helpful tips?
The machine will work much better if it is in the shade instead of direct sun.