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Frozen (Lime) Margaritas

It’s cold, it’s slushy, it’s refreshing and boozy – it’s my favourite frozen margarita recipe! !🍸

Made with only 5 ingredients, this recipe is a take on the Classic Margarita Recipe but with a frozen twist!  Perfect for cooling down and relaxing on those hot, sunny days.🍹

Love At First Sip

Ding ding ding! Cocktail hour!

As I must have mentioned on here before, when I’m at any fancy or formal event, a chilled glass of white wine is my drink of choice. But when I just want to kick back and relax on casual outings or fun weekends with friends, I enjoy the cold and deeply refreshing buzz of a great cocktail. I love cocktails. I don’t mind trying out new cocktails every now and then, especially when the mixologist knows what they are doing. But if ever in doubt, I stick to my tried-and-true all time faves: mojitos and margaritas. And today I will be talking about margaritas. Frozen (lime) margaritas to be more specific.

It’s cold, it’s slushie, it’s refreshing and boozy – it’s my favourite way to enjoy a margarita!

The frozen margarita is a lime-flavoured cocktail that transforms the original margarita into a delicious boozy slushie, and its fresh taste is simply a real summer time indulgence, and quite honestly the best margarita recipe out there!

So, once the weather heats up,  and a regular cocktail just won’t do, there is no better way to cool down and relax than with some delicious frozen margaritas. You don’t need a fancy machine for this classic cocktail; just a handful of ingredients, a high powered blender and welcome to Margaritaville!

What’s in a Frozen Margarita recipe?

It really couldn’t be easier to make this classic Mexican cocktail. There are some classics that you shouldn’t mess with, and this cocktail is one of them. The basic margarita uses tequila, (star of this drink! Feel free to use your favourite tequila; I prefer a silver/blanco/white tequila), triple sec (a colourless orange-flavoured liqueur that is often used as a generic name for all orange liqueurs), a sweetener and lime juice.

In the frozen recipe, all of the ingredients of a classic margarita are used, just with added ice (preferably crushed ice to make the job easier on your blender) and much more lime juice. I always choose to sweeten my frozen margaritas with homemade simple syrup, but I’ve had frozen margaritas sweetened with agave nectar and they were really good too, so the option is yours! I also recommend using freshly squeezed lime juice for the best results because, well, the fresher the better, Blend everything until smooth. Sip and Enjoy! This is the quintessential easy summer cocktail!

Tips for making the best frozen margaritas

» Make a sour mix (limeade): If you are making a large batch, you can choose to make a sour mix ahead or buy some to save time. So what is a sour mix you ask?

Well, a sour mix is a simple syrup flavoured with sour citrus fruit. In other words, it is a mixture of simple syrup and citrus juice. The citrus juice is often a combination of lemon and lime juices, though it can be made with either alone. Your sour mix should be bottled in a well-sealed container and stored in the refrigerator ahead of you blending your margaritas.

» Make them strong: Since the alcohol, lime juice and simple syrup will be diluted by all that crushed ice, make sure that your portions are on the stronger side.

» Use chilled ingredients: If you use warm/room temp ingredients your ice will melt faster, and you’ll likely need to add more ice to get a thick, slushy consistency. The more ice you add, the more you will dilute the flavour. So, plan ahead a bit and chill your alcohol, lime juice and simple syrup in advance.

» Customize: I can’t stress this one enough! When making your own cocktail you can control exactly how you want it to taste. Add more sweetener for a sweeter cocktail, more lime juice for a more tart cocktail, and of course, increase or decrease the alcohol based on how strong you like your drinks. This margarita recipe is just a guide to customize to your liking.

» Serve immediately: Wait until you are ready to serve these Frozen Margaritas, then throw everything in the blender, mix them up and serve immediately.

PREPPING

If desired, salt the rim of a chilled margarita glass: Wipe a lime wedge around the rim to wet it, then dip it into a shallow dish of coarse salt. Don’t use table salt to rim the glass, it’s too strong; instead use a kosher or flaky sea salt.

If you aren’t a fan of the salty hit you get from the rim you can omit it entirely or try a lightly sugared rim instead.

Set aside.

INSTRUCTIONS

¤ For the simple syrup, pour equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. Refrigerate any leftovers in a mason jar or any other airtight container.

¤ Place 1 cup tequila, 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, 1/2 cup triple sec, sweetener to taste ( I usually add 2 tablespoons of simple syrup) and 6 cups ice, in a high powered blender.

¤ Blend until smooth and slushy. Add more sweetener or ice to thicken if necessary and until desired taste and consistency is achieved. 

¤ Pour the blender contents into the prepared glass(es), garnish with a lime wedge and serve immediately!

TIP:  Add liquids first in the blender and the ice on top. Also, don’t over blend or else you will end up with a watery cocktail.

Isn’t that super easy? Well of course it is ! 

I like to think of this as the basic frozen margarita recipe. Once you’ve got the hang of this classic lime margarita recipe, you can then customize it to your liking by adding your favourite fruity and spicy flavours, to create some amazing flavour combinations such as Strawberry Basil, Pineapple Jalapeño, and my personal favourite, Chili Mango! It’s often as simple as adding in some fruits to the blender such as strawberries, mango slices, mixed berries, pineapple, anything! Just be sure to add them frozen so the drink keeps its slushy consistency.
Another version of the margarita I really enjoy is the pink grapefruit frozen margarita. This recipe calls for all of the classic frozen lime margarita ingredients but with significantly less lime. Instead, it relies on the grapefruit juice to give it a refreshing fruity flavour that everyone’s sure to enjoy. Perfectly sweet and zingy with just the right amount of spice, your party will definitely get started with these!

So friends, delicious frozen lime margaritas – YES PLEASE! Here’s why you’ll love them…

  Perfect summer drink and great for any occasion; a real treat which is sure to impress your guests!

  Incredibly easy to whip up — a handful of simple ingredients, a quick blitz in a high speed blender and in five minutes you will have a party in a glass. 

  Made with real, fresh ingredients (features lots of lime juice, high-end tequila, rounder orange liqueur, sweetener and ice). Easy to make and bursting with fresh citrus flavour.

  Refreshing and delicious. Put out a batch (or two!) of these at your next backyard barbecue and let everyone help themselves. It’s smoky, full of citrus; a simple zingy and very flavourful cocktail!

Frozen margaritas when done properly can transport you beachfront with sand between your toes and sun coating your skin. So, shall we make a batch…..sì?!!!

YvvY

If you surrender to the wind you can ride it ... Toni Morrison

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