Frozen Margarita

Here’s the ultimate frozen margarita recipe: just 4 ingredients and ultra refreshing! It’s sure to become your new go-to drink.

Frozen margarita recipe

Ready for your new favorite drink? The margarita is my absolute favorite cocktail. So when Alex suggested the idea of making a frozen margarita recipe: well, he didn’t have to ask me twice! This is our new summer entertaining trick (besides frosé, of course). Who can turn down the sweet tart goodness of a frozen margarita? We’ve spent a while honing this one to make sure it’s the best frozen alcoholic drink imaginable. Here’s how to make it!

How to make a frozen margarita

A good frozen margarita recipe is all about getting that perfect pureed 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 (the basic steps):

  1. Place the 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.
Best frozen margarita recipe

Think ahead! Freeze it the night before.

As you can see, this method requires thinking ahead! Alex and I tried to find an alternate method, because 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. Think 1 day ahead, and you don’t have to buy an ice cream maker! (We think that trade off’s a good one.)

Important: get great tequila

Finally, buy a great tequila for this recipe! Since tequila is the main flavor in this frozen margarita, spending a few extra dollars on an at least medium quality tequila is recommended! It will highly affect the final flavor of this recipe.

Also, we recommend using tequila reposado for this recipe. This type of tequila is aged and has a more nuanced, interesting flavor than a tequila blanco. Tequila blanco is not aged and has a straightforward flavor. You can use either, but reposado will add the most flavor.

Margarita salt

Step it up with margarita salt!

Why do these frozen margaritas look so festive? The margarita salt! It’s simply salt, lime, and orange zest mixed together for rimming the glass. The best part: you’ll already have the zest on hand when making this frozen margarita recipe. So why not make up a batch? Head to our Best Margarita Salt for instructions.

If you don’t want to use fancy margarita salt, you can simply use 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 as a:

  • Summer drink
  • Beach drinks at a cabin or cottage
  • Barbecue al fresco
  • Drinks for ladies night, a bachelorette party, or girls weekend

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If you love this one, we’ve got a few spins you’re sure to love all our best margarita recipes:

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This frozen margarita recipe is…

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

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Frozen margarita recipe

Ultimate Frozen Margarita


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

Description

Here’s the ultimate frozen margarita recipe: just 4 ingredients and ultra refreshing! It’s sure to become your new go-to drink. 


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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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

Looking for more frozen cocktails?

Outside of this frozen margarita recipe, here are a few of our favorite cocktail recipes:

  • Strawberry Daiquiri or Lime Frozen Daiquiri These easy frozen daiquiri recipes are the BEST: no need to buy a mix again! (Or try our Classic Daiquiri for a more traditional cocktail.
  • Easy Frozen Sangria This easy frozen sangria recipe is sure to be a favorite: it’s wine-forward and just sweet enough, with a hint of citrus. Party on!
  • Best Frose (Frozen Rosé) This frose recipe tastes just like rosé wine! What’s the secret? It’s all natural, featuring wine and strawberries. Here’s how to make frozen rosé.

Last updated: April 2020

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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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