Now that the weather is getting warmer, frozen drinks are back. One of our favorite poolside refreshers is a frozen margarita. What’s not to love? This drink is great paired with tacos (here are some of our favorites!) or garnished with a tiny umbrella. The best part: Making one from scratch is super simple. Skip the mix, slice up a few limes and let the magic happen!
How do you make frozen drinks at home?
The key to making your favorite frozen drinks 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 ($299) that crushes ice in seconds—ideal for frozen margaritas, daiquiris, pina coladas and more. Get the recipes for your favorite frozen drinks here.
The longer you blend the ice, the finer the slushy consistency will be. But keep watch; over-blending your drink and it’ll become a juice. For perfect consistency, start the blender on low and gradually adjust the power to achieve your preferred blend.
Pro tip: 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 of the pressure off of the blender and gets your drink to right place even quicker.
What are the ingredients for a margarita?
The ingredients that make up a classic margarita are:
- Triple Sec
The shift from a plain margarita—like this classic recipe our Test Kitchen recommends—to a frozen one is quite simple. Add ice and blend! Follow along for our best frozen margarita recipe.
How to make a frozen margarita
- 1 cup tequila
- 1/2 cup of triple sec
- 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
- 2 tablespoons superfine sugar, agave syrup or sweetener of your choice. Learn how to make simple syrup here.
- 4-6 cups ice
- Lime wedges
- Coarse kosher salt
Step 1: Mix it up
Place all ingredients listed above into a blender and blend.
Pro 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 lime wedges, moisten of your glasses. (We love this pretty set of margarita glasses!) Set limes aside for garnish. Next, sprinkle a few tablespoons of kosher salt on a plate on a plate; hold each glass upside down and dip rim into salt. Set aside. Discard remaining salt on plate.
Step 3: Enjoy!
Pour your blended drink into a glass. Garnish with your reserved lime and serve immediately.
Can you freeze margaritas?
Absolutely. Storing your frozen margarita mix in the freezer is a good idea when you have leftovers (is there such 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.
Test Kitchen Tip: Place leftover margaritas into half-pint Mason jars for easy storage. If you’re not picky about the salted rim—you can serve straight out of the jar on a hot day.
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