Best Frozen Margarita Recipe

You know you love margaritas: but have you tried them frozen? This best frozen margarita recipe will be your new go-to drink!

Frozen margarita recipe

Ready for your new favorite drink? The margarita is my absolute favorite: I’m a sucker for tangy flavors. (Sour beers are the only beer I drink.) So when Alex suggested the idea of making a frozen margarita recipe: well, he didn’t have to ask me twice! I’m not sure how I’d never made one before: you’ve probably been well aware of them for years. But this is our new summer entertaining trick (besides frosé ): who can turn down a frozen margarita? We’ve spent a while honing this one to make sure it’s the best frozen alcoholic drink imaginable. Keep reading for the recipe!

Best frozen margarita recipe

How to make a frozen margarita

The big challenge in a good frozen margarita recipe is the frozen texture: will it stay frozen or melt within 2 seconds of pouring it into the glass? Alex and I tested a variety of methods for making a frozen margarita: blending the ingredients with ice, freezing the mixture before serving, and even using an ice cream maker! Many of our test runs melted in the first few minutes. Which, while delicious, is not exactly what you want from a frozen margarita! What came out as the best frozen margarita recipe? Here’s the method that we found worked best.

Here’s how to make a frozen margarita:

  1. Place best quality tequila, lime juice, orange juice, agave, and water into a container and freeze them overnight.
  2. The day of serving, pour the frozen ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. To serve, rim glasses with citrus margarita salt and pour in the frozen margaritas.

As you can see, this method requires thinking ahead! …which we were of course trying to avoid! Who wants to think a day ahead to make frozen margaritas? (Not me.) Unfortunately, we were unable to find a method for a frozen margarita that has a great frozen texture and is made on the day of serving: all those tests were a bit too melty. So, while it’s a bit of a buzz kill to have to think ahead on your frozen margs, this is one sacrifice you’ll have to make. And hey, at least you don’t have to buy an ice cream maker!

Important: get great tequila

One last note: buy a great tequila for this recipe! Since tequila is the main flavor in this frozen margarita, spending a few extra dollars on a high quality tequila is recommended! It will highly affect the final flavor of this recipe.

Margarita salt

A note on margarita salt

Why do these frozen margaritas look so festive? Well, Alex developed a new margarita salt recipe too! It’s simply kosher salt, lime, and orange zest, so you’ll already have the zest on hand when making this frozen margarita recipe. Head to our Best Margarita Salt for instructions.

If you don’t want to use our fancy margarita salt, you can simply use kosher salt for rimming the glasses. We’ve found that kosher salt is a better size for rimming the glass than a flaky sea salt: the flaky sea salt that we had was a little too large for our taste. Of course, you can use any salt or purchased margarita salt to your liking! But we loved the way this margarita salt looked on the glass–and tasted!

Best frozen margarita recipe

When to serve a frozen margarita

And that’s it! This best frozen margarita recipe works for lots of occasions; it would be perfect for:

  • A summer cookout
  • As beach drinks at a cabin or cottage
  • A barbecue al fresco
  • Drinks for ladies night, a bachelorette party, or girls weekend
  • A summer brunch (Margs for brunch? please advise)

More margarita variations!

If you love margaritas, we’ve got a few spins you’re sure to love:

  • Skinny Margarita A drink with less calories! Use orange juice instead of Cointreau to keep these light and fresh.
  • Watermelon Margarita A spin that’s hot pink, sweet, tart, and salted.
  • Italian Margarita Substitute amaretto for Cointreau and you’re transported to Italy!
  • Jalapeno Margarita Heat up your cocktail repertoire with this one! Crisp and tart, it’s got just the right kick.
  • Cadillac Margarita This one uses top-shelf tequila and Grand Marnier liqueur to add sophistication and style.
Beach drink

This frozen margarita recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free. (For vegan, use agave.)

Frozen margarita recipe

Best Frozen Margarita Recipe

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


You know you love margaritas: but have you tried them frozen? This best frozen margarita recipe will be your new go-to drink!



  • 3/4 cup tequila reposado
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (2 limes)
  • 1/3 cup orange juice (1 orange)
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup
  • 1 cup cold water
  • Best Margarita Salt or kosher salt, for serving


  1. *The night before serving: Place everything in a freezer proof container and freeze overnight.
  2. The day of serving, make the Margarita Salt. If desired, you can freeze the glasses while you’re making the salt to prevent melting.
  3. Place the margarita salt on a plate and wet the rim of the glasses; dip the rims into the margarita salt.
  4. Place the frozen ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and fluffy. Pour into the prepared glasses and serve.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Frozen margarita, How to make a frozen margarita, Best frozen margarita recipe

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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