FAQ

Q:How much does it cost to rent a margarita machine from The Margarita Man?

A:The rental prices start at $175, depending on location. There may be a delivery charge. This includes delivery, set up, pick up, your first bottle of mix concentrate, use of our 5 gallon pre-measured mixing bucket, and a cart for the machine.

Q: Are the machines easy to use?

A: Very easy! We mix your first batch and show you how to use the machine. We leave clear printed instructions, plus our after hours cell phone number. NO ICE NEEDED.

Q: How many drinks does one batch make?

A: One batch of our traditional margaritas makes about 60-70 eight ounce drinks. Our experience shows that usually 95% of guests drink the frozen drinks even if you offer a choice. We recommend one batch for every 25 guests. Extra mixes are $25.00 each and are refundable if unopened.

 # of People                      # of Machines                       # of Mixes 
      0-50 Guests                        1 Machine                        1 to 3 Mixes
     50-100 Guests                     1 Machine                        3 to 5 Mixes
    100-150 Guests                    2 Machines                      5 to 7 Mixes
    150-200 Guests                  2-3 Machines                     8 to10 Mixes
    200- 300 Guests                 3-4 Machines                    10 to 12 Mixes
​    400 or more Guests          Please Call 630-262-8570
​*All amounts are approximate. You know your family, guests and all amounts can be controlled by you.

Q: How long does the first batch take to freeze?

A: About 45 minutes to an hour. Less the machine is indoors (75 F degrees); a little longer if outdoors and warmer. No waiting between batches.

Q: Does the mix Concentrate contain Alcohol?

A: No: You provide the liquor. A medium strength batch calls for 2 liters of liquor or 1 large 1.75 liter bottle. (Our Classic Margaritas call for 2 liters of Tequlia and 1/2 liter of TripleSec.)
All mixes also require about 2 1/2 gallons of Water.
Mixes can be made as non-alcoholic Fruit Slushies for Kids! Yum!.

Q: How far in advance should I reserve my machine?

A: Machines may rent fast depending on the time of year and on holidays.We recommened to call us as soon as you know your date. Make sure the number of guests does not exceed the drink making capacity for each machine, otherwise the machine will not perform properly. Ask about our multi-machine rental discounts!

Q: How big is the machine and what does it require?

A: The Machines are about the size of a large microwave and comes on it’s own cart. It’s about a 2 ft wide and 3 ft in depeth. It requires a standard 120 v outlet. The machines is 15 amps and requires it own circuit to run properly. THIS IS CRITICAL. It must be plugged in to a circuit that is not being used with any other equipment.
With the use of our extension cords ONLY. We can ususally find a separate circuit for the machine.
No more than a 50 ft cord can be used from machine to the outlet.

Q: What if my party is on the second floor or basement?

A: There is a 4 step maximum. We do not deliver to basements or second or third floor areas. We will deliver the machine the safest and easiest route possible. Please contact us to discuss any obstacles to delivering machines PRIOR to the actual delivery. We reserve to the right to refuse certain delivery locations.

Q: Do I have to clean the machine before you pick it up?

A: NO: Please just turn it off when you are done using it and we will take care of the rest.