How to Make Frozen Margaritas
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Want to learn how to make frozen margaritas at home? Well, you're in the right place.
When the weather starts getting warmer, frozen drinks aren’t too far behind. One of our favorite summer cocktails is a frozen margarita (seriously one of the best margarita variations). What’s not to love? This drink is great paired with tacos or a substantial bowl of chips and fresh salsa.
The best part is, making one from scratch is super simple. You can consult our margarita guide—or slice up a few limes and let the magic happen!
How to Make a Frozen Margarita
- 1 cup tequila
- 1/2 cup of triple sec
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
- 2 tablespoons simple syrup, superfine sugar or agave syrup
- 4-6 cups ice
- Lime wedges
- Coarse kosher salt
- Measuring cup: This OXO measuring cup has proportions printed along a ledge so you can read the measurements as you pour.
- Blender: For perfectly crushed ice, the Vitamix E310 Explorian is our top pick.
- Margarita glasses: When it comes to frozen margs, a proper margarita glass is a must! These are our favorite margarita glasses.
Check out our complete list of essential margarita tools.
Step 1: Mix It Up
Place the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, sweetener and ice into a blender. Blend until the ice has been crushed and the mixture is lump-free.
Editor’s tip: Depending on your preferences, you may want to add more or less sweetener. Add sugar a tablespoon at a time to taste.
Step 2: Salt the Rim
Using a lime wedge, moisten the rim of the glasses. Set limes aside for garnish. Then, spread a few tablespoons of kosher salt on a plate, hold each glass upside down and dip rim into salt. Flip the glasses right-side-up and discard any remaining salt.
Step 3: Enjoy!
Divide the frozen margaritas evenly into the salted glasses and garnish with the reserved limes. Serve immediately.
Frozen Margaritas FAQs
How do you smooth frozen margaritas?
The key to an ice chunk-free margarita is a powerful blender. If you’re mixing frozen drinks regularly, you’ll want to find one that’s able to pulverize ice. Our Test Kitchen recommends this model from Vitamix that crushes ice in seconds. Put the blender to work with these other irresistible frozen cocktails.
If your blender isn’t able to crush ice straight from the freezer, use pre-crushed ice instead of whole ice cubes from the tray. This takes some pressure off of the blender and gets your drink to the right place quicker.
Why are my frozen margaritas watery?
Over-blending your drink can turn your margarita into juice. The longer you blend the ice, the finer the slushy consistency will be. For perfect consistency, start the blender on low and gradually adjust the power to achieve your preferred blend.
Why is my blended margarita foamy?
When your margarita is being blended, small pockets of air get trapped in the liquid, forming a thin layer of foam on top of the drink. Simply stir your cocktail a bit with a spoon and the foam should dissipate.
How do I flavor a margarita?
For a flavored frozen margarita, simply replace a few of your ice cubes with frozen mango, strawberries or mixed berries. Get inspired by our favorite flavored margarita recipes, then learn our tips for how to make frozen drinks so you can create your own recipe.
Can you freeze margaritas?
Absolutely. Storing your frozen margarita mix in the freezer is a good idea when you have leftovers (is there such a thing?) or if you’d prefer to make them ahead of time for an event. The alcohol keeps it from firming up too much—but to ensure an even consistency, you can pop the mix back into the blender before serving.