DIY Mini Margaritas
- Open up each of the mini bottles, being mindful of whether there is a label wrap that you want to keep. In our case, the lids had a blue label that crossed over the top, and we wanted to keep them for the color. We used a x-acto knife to slice a clean cut on either side so that the label would stay intact.
- Pour the tequila into a sealable bottle, pitcher, or container. (We used these.) Seal it up and set it aside. Give the mini bottles a quick rinse, let them dry, then put them back in their box or a container.
- Put a lid (or as many as can fit) into the vice to hold it tight. Outfit the drill with the smallest bit, and then drill straight down the center. (It's like a starter hole and makes it a lot easier to drill the bigger ones.) Repeat for all the lids, then move up to the medium-sized bit and do the same step. Finally, finish up with the straw-size bit.
- Once you've got the holes made, you'll want to get the lids clean of any dust or pieces created from the drilling. Use the needlenose pliers and paintbrush to get rid of any visible bits inside and out, then blast it with a shot or two of compressed air.
- Cut the straws to the desired length. (Wear gloves, obviously.) Work the straws into the holes in the lids. You want them to be as tight/flush as possible, so there won't be any leaking on the day-of.
Make up the margaritas the day before (or day of), pour them back into the bottles using a funnel, and then seal 'em back up with the lids. Keep them refrigerated until you need them.
These mini bottles took some work, but they're the thing people (still) talk about the most. Plus, having them ready to go and off to the side where people could grab them helped alleviate some of the post-ceremony rush to the bar ;)
Thanks for sharing!