Best Frozen Margarita Recipe 2021

Frozen Margarita Recipe

Best Frozen Margarita Recipe 2021

A margarita is a Mexican cocktail consisting of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice often served with salt on the rim of the glass. The drink is served shaken with ice (on the rocks), blended with ice (frozen margarita), or without ice (straight up).

Although it has become acceptable to serve a margarita in a wide variety of glass types, ranging from cocktail and wine glasses to pint glasses and even large schooners, the drink is traditionally served in the eponymous margarita glass, a stepped-diameter variant of a cocktail glass or champagne coupe.

There are truly nearly endless variations on the Margarita. Don’t believe us? We have over 20 recipes on this site alone. We love them all but, the most iconic twist on the original is the frozen margarita. It takes an already cooling, summer to a whole new level of refreshing goodness.

For this recipe, there is no need for any fancy mixes or machines. All you need is 5 ingredients and ice. The ratio is easy to remember too! 1 part simple syrup – 2 parts triple sec – 4 parts tequila – 4 parts lime juice.

Cover with about twice the amount of ice and you’ve got the perfect accompaniment to any pool party or cookout.  Not to mention it pairs perfectly with our Margarita Cupcakes.

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How to Salt a Rim for Margaritas

To put the cherry on top of this frozen margarita recipe, we love salting the rim of the glass before pouring in your frozen margarita concoction. Here’s what you need:

  • Soarse Sea Salt
  • Water

All you need to do is moisten the rim of the glass you want to use with water. We do this by pouring water onto a small plate and then dipping the rim of the glass into the water. From there, dip the rim onto a small plate of coarse sea salt. The water will allow the sea salt to stick to the glass.

How to garnish a frozen margarita

When it comes to garnish, I like to keep it classic and simple with this cocktail.  A salt rim and a slice of lime is really all you need. 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 or try a lightly sugared rim instead.

I also love to shake things up by doing a mix of salt + chili powder for a fun and spicy take on these classic frozen margaritas! A little goes a long way, and is so tasty!

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What’s in this Frozen Margarita recipe?

There are some classics that you shouldn’t mess with, and this cocktail is one of them! This frozen margarita recipe contains all of the ingredients of any good marg, just with added ice.

  • Cointreau
  • Lime Juice
  • Tequila
  • Agave
  • Ice

I love to keep my frozen margaritas SIMPLE because I think it helps the flavors shine. I hate sugary sweet margaritas, so you’ll find this one is more of a classic margarita. Cheers!

What to serve with Frozen Margaritas?

I’m a huge fan of Mexican food, and I just love pairing delicious food with delicious margaritas! Here are some of our favorite foods to serve alongside this amazing Frozen Margaritas Recipe!

What can I use instead of triple sec in a margarita?

If you don’t have triple sec at home, don’t worry! You can always make your margaritas without it. Just omit it and add more agave nectar to taste.

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Lime rounds, for garnish
Kosher salt
8 oz. silver tequila
1 c. fresh lime juice
4 oz. triple sec
2 oz. simple syrup
6 c. ice


  1. Rim 4 glasses with lime and dip in salt. Combine tequila, lime juice, triple sec, simple syrup, and ice in a blender. Blend until slushy consistency. 
  2. Pour into glasses and garnish with lime rounds.

Are frozen margaritas stronger than on the rocks? 

It really depends on how much alcohol is used in your frozen margarita recipe, but typically margaritas on the rocks taste a little bit stronger because it is not blended with ice.

You can always make your frozen margarita stronger by adding a splash more of tequila to the top of each glass.

Can margarita mix be frozen?

Because the ingredients contain alcohol, they will freeze in the form of slush and you will easily be able to pull the container of margarita mix from the freezer and use it to create delicious margaritas for any occasion. Place the containers in the freezer and store the mix indefinitely.

How do you make a frozen margarita thicker?

Use chilled ingredients, if possible. 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 flavor. So, plan a bit and chill your alcohol, lime juice, and simple syrup in advance.

What is the best type of tequila for a margarita?

silver or Blanco tequila is best for margaritas. This tequila is young, only aged in oak for up to two months. It has a stronger flavor that mixes well. Gold tequilas, not ideal for margaritas, have been aged longer in the oak.

Story about Frozen Margarita

The Frozen Margarita has many a story about its origins. While the history is a little icy, one thing that’s history is solid is when the Frozen Margarita machine was invented, which was May 11, 1971, by restaurant owner Mariano Martinez.

Basically a converted soft-serve ice cream machine, the original machine is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of History.

Some other facts include: the Margarita was the “Drink of the Month” in Esquire magazine in December of 1953, and further popularized by the Jimmy Buffett song “Margaritaville”.

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