Nothing beats a Margarita in the scorching summer. Margaritas and summer go together like burger and fries.
A home margarita machine is best if you have 4-5 guests coming over, but what to do when you have a big party to host in summers, and you want to treat your guests with that perfectly balanced and delicious margarita. People across the country are renting heavy-duty industrial margarita machines to serve margarita to their guests.
If this is news to you, don’t worry.
However, you need to consider a few things before renting a margarita machine. How much will you have to pay for it, and how will the costs vary as the number of guests, rental time, and the number of mixes increase?
All of these questions and many others will be answered in this article. So, hold on with us, and let’s get all the confusion about the margarita rental sorted out.
Rent a Margarita Machine – How much it should Cost
Expect to pay around $150-170 for renting one margarita machine for one day. It is the national average, but it may vary from one area to another. The price usually includes delivery, set up, and pick up. Most rentals also offer pre-mixed margarita concentrate. Some companies also offer straws, paper umbrellas, glasses, and salt for rims. The details may vary from one rental service to another rental service.
The best thing about renting an industrial margarita machine is that you don’t need ice in it. All you need is an AC outlet and a heavy-duty outdoor-rated power extension if you are setting up the machine outdoors.
How does the price vary as guests increases?
If you have 30 guests or less, you will need 1 batch of pre-mixed margarita concentrate. The price of one batch is included in the initial rental price. If the number of guests is 30-60, you will need 2 batches; expect an increase of 15-30 dollars in the rental price. For 60-90 guests, you will need 3 batches. Above 90 guests, you may consider renting two machines. Most rental services offer customized packages for parties with more than 100 guests that usually include more services.
Please note that this estimation is based on all the guests having one serving of margaritas. If you are serving other drinks, margarita consumption will be low.
How to find a Margarita Machine Rental near me?
A simple Google search will yield tens of rental services near your location. Going with your local company is better as you can easily crosscheck them against recent buyers’ testimonials and find their reputation in the area by asking around your neighbors. To locate a rental service near your area, you can use Margarita Man’s location finder.
Do rentals charge transportation costs?
Most rental services have set a radius in which they don’t charge any delivery fee. Therefore it is best to go ahead with a local rental service near your place, so you don’t have to pay anything extra.
How do you get discounts from rental services?
The best way to get a discount is to bargain. Some rental services also offer considerable discounts on pre-booking, but they ask for deposits too. Going with such services is a great idea if you have sorted out the party date beforehand. Most rentals start offering these discounts on at least 15 days of advance booking.
Is there any cancellation charge?
Yes. Almost all rentals charge a cancellation fee if you cancel within 3-4 days of the party. The cancellation policy and charges vary from one rental to another, but it is usually $40 to $60 for one machine.
How long is the rental period?
The rental period is for one party. According to the contract signed with them, rental services usually drop off the machine on the day of the party and pick it up the next day or the same day. The rental charges and services may vary if you plan to rent for more than 1 day. Companies usually offer discounts on rentals lasting more than one day.
What payment methods are usually used by rental services?
Most rentals will be comfortable with checks, cash, VISA, and MasterCard.
How many drinks can an industrial margarita machine make?
A standard sizes machine can make 5 gallons (640 ounces). A typical serving is 8 oz (margarita glass or plastic cup); therefore, the machine will make around 80 servings. These estimates include alcohol as an ingredient. If you want to stay clear of alcohol, expect one batch to make 60 servings.
How many machines do I need according to my guests?
One machine is good enough for 100 guests. You will need 3 batches for 100 guests. You need 2 machines for more than 100 and less than 200 guests.
Is it a good idea to get backyard game services like cornhole, ping pong, KanJam, horseshoes, or washer ring toss?
It all depends on your preferences and what type of gathering you are having. These games go well with summer BBQ parties. You have to take into account your budget as well before making such decisions.
Are commercial margarita machines easy to use?
Yes. These machines are pretty straightforward and simple to use. Your rental service guys will set up the machine for you, check that it is working properly, and do a demonstration for you. It’ll be easy-peasy for you if you have ever poured a Slurpee or used a margarita machine at home.
Do I need ice for the margarita machine?
No. You don’t need ice in the industrial margarita machine. The rental guys will add the mix, and the machine will do the rest. You just need to pour margarita and enjoy.
How long does it take for a margarita machine to start producing margaritas?
It varies from one machine to another. Machines in good condition usually take 1-2 hours to freeze, while some older ones can take up to 4 hours. Therefore, we recommend you check the machine before finalizing it.
How to make another batch of margarita without waiting for 2-3 hours?
The best way to do this is to put the second batch mix in the freezer so that it is cold but not frozen. Add some portion of the 2nd batch after 70-80% of the 1st batch is consumed. You must add the 2nd batch in a small portion and don’t pour it completely in one go as it can make the servings too thin.
Do the rental services provide alcohol?
No. Alcohol is not included in the rental agreement for most of the rental services. A few may add it upon your request, but the customer will assume all the liability and responsibility for alcohol at their party.
What is the best place to keep a margarita machine?
The best place to keep a margarita machine is under shade. If the machine is kept under the sun, it will not work optimally. Moreover, there must be at least 2-feet of space on all sides of the machine.
I host parties frequently; is it a good idea to buy one machine or continue renting?
A good quality commercial margarita machine costs $1000 upwards. If you host parties for commercial reasons or money, then it is a good idea to buy one as you will have more control over your budget and party costing. However, if you host one party a year, we suggest you stick to the renting option.
What to do with the machine when the party is over?
Turn off the machine and remove the plug. You may also want to empty the leftover mix and keep it in your freezer to enjoy later.