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This is the ultimate frozen margarita recipe: with just 4 ingredients! It’s fast and easy to blend up this refreshing frozen cocktail.

Frozen margarita recipe

The classic margarita is one the greatest cocktails of all time. What’s the best way to outfit it for summer? Try this Frozen Margarita recipe! It’s our favorite summer entertaining trick. Who can turn down the sweet tart goodness of a frosty margarita? We’ve spent a while honing this one to make sure it’s the best frozen drink imaginable.

Ingredients in this frozen margarita recipe

The margarita is one of the most popular classic cocktails: it was invented in Mexico in the 1930’s and is just as popular today! The standard recipe is just 3 ingredients: tequila, Triple Sec or Cointreau, and lime juice. To make the frozen version of it, you’ll just add ice! To counteract the tartness when it’s icy, you’ll need just a hint of simple syrup. That’s right: no need for a store-bought mix! Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

How to make frozen margaritas

How to make frozen margaritas

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? We tested a variety of methods for making a frozen margarita here. What came out as the best frozen margarita recipe? Here’s the method that resulted in the best flavor and frozen texture. Here’s how to make frozen margaritas (the basic steps):

  1. Rim the glasses: Dip the glass rim into kosher salt or sea salt. (Here we used chunky pink sea salt.)
  2. Blend: Add the tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice to a blender and blend until smooth. Go to the recipe below for quantities!

Use great tequila

One tip: 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.

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. Read more at Types of Tequila: Blanco vs Reposado vs Añejo.

Margarita salt

Step it up with margarita salt!

Want to make this frozen margarita recipe look even more festive? Add margarita salt! It’s simply salt, lime, and orange zest mixed together for rimming the glass. The best part: you’ll already have the limes on hand when making this frozen margarita (just zest it first!). 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 good size for rimming: or use chunky sea salt like this pink sea salt! Of course, you can use any salt or purchased margarita salt to your liking.

Frozen Margarita

More margarita variations!

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

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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Frozen margarita

Ultimate Frozen Margarita Recipe

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This is the ultimate frozen margarita recipe: with just 4 ingredients! It’s fast and easy to blend up this refreshing frozen cocktail.


  • 6 ounces (¾ cup) tequila blanco or reposado
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) simple syrup
  • 4 ½ cups ice
  • For the rim: kosher salt or pink sea salt


  1. Place the margarita salt on a plate and wet the rim of the glasses (it’s easiest to cut a notch into a lime and run it around the glass. Dip the rims into the margarita salt.
  2. Place the frozen ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and fluffy. Pour into the prepared glasses and serve. If desired, garnish with lime wedges. 
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Frozen margarita recipe, Frozen margarita, How to make frozen margaritas, 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 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.

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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