Frozen Lime Margarita

Frozen Lime Margarita Cocktail Recipe

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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
  • Yield: 1 cocktail

The frozen margarita is an easy recipe that anyone can make at home. This lime-flavored cocktail transforms the original margarita into a delicious boozy slushie, and its fresh taste beats any store-bought margarita mix. With the help of your blender and the basic margarita ingredients, you'll have a cool, refreshing drink that's absolutely perfect for hot summer days.

The basic margarita uses tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. In the blended recipe, a good amount of sour mix is added. This simple ingredient that is cheap and easy to make yourself adds a hint of lemon to the lime while sweetening up the drink. As with any margarita, you can adjust the flavors to suit your own taste—this recipe is just a foundation to get you started.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce lime juice (fresh)
  • 2 ounces sour mix
  • Garnish: lime wedge
  • Optional: salt (for rim)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. If desired, salt the rim of a chilled margarita glass.

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  3. Pour the ingredients into a blender.

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  4. Blend until smooth. 

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  5. Pour the blender contents into the prepared glass.

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  6. Garnish with the lime wedge.

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  7. Serve and enjoy!

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Tips

  • If the mix is too thick once blended, add more juice. When it's too thin for your taste, add more ice. After either addition, blend the drink again.
  • The fresh lime juice really does make a better margarita, especially when it's the star fruit! Since the average lime typically yields about 1 ounce of juice, simply squeeze two halves directly into the blender.
  • When choosing the tequila, you may be tempted to save some money on a budget brand because this is a blended cocktail. However, the lime flavoring is very transparent and it will not cover up any of the liquor's undesirable characteristics. Your best bet is to pick a tequila (typically blanco) that you enjoy on its own.
  • The same quality consideration should apply to the triple sec. If you enjoy margaritas, you'll use it often, so invest a little more and you'll see an improvement in all of your cocktails. Cointreau is the best-known premium triple sec, though there are others that match its quality.

Recipe Variations

Once you get the hang of the lime margarita, you'll want to add more flavor. It's often as simple as adding fresh or frozen fruits to the blender, though some margarita recipes add fruity liqueurs as well. You can go with a single fruit like the famous strawberry margarita or create a custom combination—a banana-strawberry-lime margarita is utterly delicious. It's really hard to mess it up and you get to drink your experiments, which is the best part!

How Strong Is a Lime Margarita?

When you mix your margarita in a blender, the ice significantly reduces the cocktail's alcohol content. The shaken cocktail weighs in around 54 proof, but this version is a very mild 18 proof (9 percent ABV).