These margaritas are always a favorite. It's definitely worth taking the time to squeeze the limes. If you microwave them for 20 to 30 seconds beforehand, they will release even more juice.
1 3/4 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups tequila
1 cup fresh lime juice (about 5 limes)
1/2 cup orange-flavored liqueur
Lime wedges (optional)
Coarse salt (optional)
6 cups crushed ice
How to Make It
Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; boil 3 minutes, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl until syrup cools to room temperature (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally.
Combine syrup, tequila, lime juice, and liqueur in a pitcher. If desired, rub a lime wedge around rims of 12 margarita glasses, and dip rims in salt. Place 1/2 cup crushed ice in each glass. Pour margarita mixture evenly over ice. Garnish with lime wedges, if desired.