Frozen Margarita Cocktail Recipe

A frozen margarita is one of the most popular and classic drinks out there. While some people love this cocktail on the rocks, the frozen margarita makes us feel a bit more like we're on vacation. The combo of smooth tequila, lime juice, and slushy ice totally hits the spot — especially on a hot day. You can serve this drink in a margarita glass or a stemless glass, and either way, it tastes just as good. Pair it with some tacos and chips and salsa, or just enjoy it with a friend for happy hour. 

Recipe developer Jaime Shelbert of Wholly Nourished is no slouch when it comes to whipping up delicious cocktails, and her margarita is up there with the best of them. "I'm a big fan of this recipe for summer gatherings. [It's] cool and refreshing and can be doubled or tripled for a crowd. Who doesn't like a frozen margarita to beat the summer heat?" Shelbert says. She also adds that the fresh-squeezed lime juice is a "must" for capturing the best flavor.

Keep reading to find out how to make this classic and delicious drink.

Gather the ingredients for frozen margarita cocktails

This recipe requires just a few ingredients, making your trip to the store a breeze. You will need kosher salt, tequila, fresh-squeezed lime juice, triple sec, agave syrup, and ice. There's also one optional ingredient — the lime wedges you can add as garnish ... but if you're buying limes to get that fresh-squeezed juice, cutting up a few extra slices for the garnish won't be too hard. 

Once you have those items, you can get started on this frozen margarita. 

Rim the glasses with salt

What good is a margarita without a salted rim? Pour the salt onto a small plate and run a lime wedge around the two glasses to wet the rims. Then, dip the edges of the glasses into the salt — the lime will help it stick.

Set the glasses aside since you won't need them quite yet.

Add liquids to a blender

Take out your trusty blender and start adding the liquids. This includes tequila, lime juice, triple sec, and agave. "You can use whatever kind of tequila you prefer, but my choice is always blanco tequila for margaritas," Shelbert notes. 

The last thing to add to the mix is the ice.

Blend the mixture

Turn on the blender to mix the ingredients. Continue blending until the drink gets slushy. "Blend this up until all of the ice is crushed and you reach a slushy consistency," Shelbert says. "Time will vary depending on your blender, but these margaritas should reach perfection in less than a minute." 

Pour your drinks, garnish, and serve

Once you finish blending the mixture, pour it into the salt-rimmed glasses. If you wish, you can garnish each glass with a lime wedge. Frozen margaritas make great happy hour drinks and go well with dinner or lunch. "When I think of margaritas, my go-to food pairings are chips with salsa, pico, guacamole, or queso. I also love to serve these with tacos," Shelbert says. "Other food pairings include a shrimp ceviche, sweet potato and black bean nachos or quesadillas, tostadas, enchiladas, grilled corn or grilled chicken adobo." 

We hope this hits the spot! 

Frozen Margarita Cocktail Recipe
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Frozen margaritas are a classic cocktail recipe you should be ready to whip up on a hot summer night. This simple recipe only takes 5 minutes to make.
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frozen margarita in a glass
Total time: 5 minutes
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces tequila
  • 4 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces triple sec
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 3 cups ice
Optional Ingredients
  • lime wedges, for serving
  1. Pour the salt onto a small plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of two glasses. Press the wet rims in the salt. Set the glasses aside.
  2. Add the tequila, lime juice, triple sec, and agave to a blender. Add the ice.
  3. Blend until slushy.
  4. Pour into glasses and garnish with a lime wedge before serving.
Calories per Serving 254
Total Fat 0.2 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 19.2 g
Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
Total Sugars 14.8 g
Sodium 1,172.3 mg
Protein 0.3 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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