This classic Frozen Margarita Recipe is made with fresh lime juice and tequila. Skip the overly sweet pre-made margarita mix for a handful of ingredients that create a fresh, easy, and delicious cocktail. Ready in minutes!
We’re closing in on the end of summer. I’m slowly shifting my sights from berry desserts and slushy cocktails to all things apple and pumpkin spice. I promised myself that I would not start springing those fall goodies on you quite yet. First we have to finish out summer and what better way to celebrate than with a Frozen Margarita in our hands?
This recipe is for a classic lime-flavored Frozen Margarita. Pull out that blender, let’s make margaritas!
What you’ll need
Simple Syrup: This recipe starts with a quick simple syrup; this is what will sweeten the margarita. Stir equal amounts of granulated sugar into boiling water until dissolved, then chill. Make this first so that it can chill in the fridge or freezer while you proceed with the rest of the recipe.
Lime Juice: For this recipe you’ll need about ½ cup of freshly squeezed lime juice. This is around 8 limes, but that will vary based on the size of your limes and how juicy they are. Feel free to swap in a little freshly squeezed lemon juice if you come up short with the lime juice.
Tequila: The star of this drink! Feel free to use your favorite tequila; I prefer a silver/blanco/white tequila.
Orange liqueur: A generous splash of orange liqueur helps to give these margaritas their classic flavor. Triple sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier are all good options.
Ice: Here’s how we turn these into frozen margaritas! Add plenty of ice into your blender along with all the ingredients listed above and give it a whirl. Easily adjust the consistency of the margaritas by adding more or less ice.
Tips for making the best frozen margaritas
- Make them strong: Since the alcohol, lime juice and simple syrup will be diluted by all that crushed ice, make sure that your portions are on the stronger side.
- Use chilled ingredients: If you use warm/room temp ingredients your ice will melt faster, and you’ll likely need to add more ice to get a thick, slushy consistency. The more ice you add, the more you will dilute the flavor. So, plan ahead a bit and chill your alcohol, lime juice and simple syrup in advance.
- Adjust to suit your taste preferences: I can’t stress this one enough! When making your own cocktail you can control exactly how you want it to taste. Add more simple syrup for a sweeter cocktail, more lime juice for a more tart cocktail, and of course, increase or decrease the alcohol based on how strong you like your drinks. Use this recipe as a guide and go from there.
- Adjust the recipe quantity: This recipe makes 4 margaritas, but you can easily double or even triple it to serve a crowd.
- Serve immediately: Wait until you are ready to serve these Frozen Margaritas, then throw everything in the blender and mix them up and serve immediately.
More cocktail recipes
- APEROL SPRITZ
- WHITE RUSSIAN
- PEACH SANGRIA
- WATERMELON MOJITO
- STRAWBERRY MARGARITA
- COCONUT MARGARITA
Frozen Margarita Recipe
- 3 tablespoons boiling water
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- ½ cup tequila
- ¼ cup orange liqueur
- simple syrup, to taste, I used 2 tablespoons
- 3-4 cups ice, plus more if needed
- Coarse salt for the rim of your glass
- Stir sugar into boiling water until dissolved. Place in the fridge (or speed it along in the freezer until chilled, but not frozen.
- Place coarse salt in a small bowl. Moisten the rim of your glasses with lime juice or simple syrup, then dip into the salt. Set aside.
- Place all remaining ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and slushy. Add more ice to thicken, if necessary. Serve immediately.
This post originally appeared on Real Housemoms where I am a contributor.