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Simple Limeade Margaritas – Perfect for Cinco de Mayo

Inside: A simple limeade margarita recipe

Last week my job description involved fire fighting! It was crazy. Earlier this week I shared these bright and festive paper party lanterns and hinted that they had a bigger story behind them. A story that involved almost burning down our house (thankfully it is still standing). Plus it gave me the perfect excuse to whip up my favorite simple limeade margarita recipe!


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When I am working on DIY projects to share with this site, mishaps are inevitable. On average 2-3 projects, a month just totally fail and are not posted, or have a fatal flaw that brings me back to the drawing board. Sometimes it’s a little fix. Sometimes it takes a hose. So let me grab my limeade margarita and tell you the story…

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These party lanterns look harmless enough, made from paper to hang out on the deck for a party. As per usual, I created a template, tried it out (inside) and was thrilled at the pretty results. We made a nice stash of the lanterns for this post’s photo shoot and excitedly hung them out in a tree to showcase the awesomeness of outdoor paper party lanterns.

I dropped the tea lights in and lit them up. Harmless, No?!?

And then the wind started…

paper party lanterns

Firely Mishap

The flame caught paper, paper swung quickly past the tree, and in a moment there I was. Hose in hand. Jet streaming. Just call me firefighter Victoria. I quickly put the party lanterns out (thankfully before they were able to catch the slightly dead tree they were hanging on) Paper, flame, and the wind does not mix.

In the end, we realized the trick was to enclose the flame in a mason jar. Easy fix. Disaster averted, but trust me the stress was intense. So I decided to whip up a yummy batch of my favorite limeade margaritas to top off this Cinco de Mayo crisis!

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So what do you do after an experience of (almost!) going down in flames? Well on the A Subtle Revelry team – we laugh, we learn and we have a limeade margarita to celebrate the house is still standing. Honestly, it’s not the only story I have like this. There are many more. It’s a part of the gig, I suppose.

We remade the lanterns, hung them up for an early Cinco de Mayo party, whipped up some simple limeade margaritas, and had a blast telling everyone we could about this week’s hilarious incident. I figure if the story makes a good party anecdote it must not be a total failure after all.

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Simple Limeade Margarita Recipe

Simple Limeade Margarita Recipe

Here is the fun margarita recipe we crafted up for our Cinco de Mayo  It is a great recipe to make in batches and serve while you laugh together about your margarita moments.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Limeade Margarita
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 200 kcal


  • 1 can 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1 bottle light beer
  • 1 can frozen limeade
  • 1 can water


  1. Pour limeade and beer into a pitcher with ice. Fill limeade can with Sauza® Blue Silver and pour into pitcher. Finally, add a can of water, stir and enjoy your storytelling. It is really the best!

Moments like these can lead you to grab a celebratory glass of this simple limeade margarita at night and laughing with your friends about the most, and what ifs in life.

Sharing your own silly mistakes is a great way to engage your party guests and will get everyone chatting quickly. If you don’t have a Cinco De Mayo party planned, hearing your friends fun stories is a great reason to plan one. What is your latest margarita moment? I’d love to know.

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  1. That is such a cute story, I have totally had mishaps making things…like the time I melted a plastic spatula and the caramel turned black and the smoke detector went off…it was very dramatic lol.

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