Margarita Pie

Margarita Pie Recipe

The Spruce / Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Chill/Freeze: 5 hrs
Total: 5 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 8 servings

This no-bake margarita pie recipe features a pretzel crust and a pie filling made with tequila, triple sec, and limes in a nod to the famous cocktail.

The crust needs to chill for one hour before filling, and the pie requires four hours of freezing time before serving so plan accordingly.


  • For the Pretzel Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups thin pretzel sticks (measured before crushing)
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup/8 tablespoons/1 stick butter (melted)
  • For the Pie Filling:
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (3 to 4 Persian limes, plus 1 for garnish)
  • 2 tablespoons gold tequila
  • 2 tablespoons triple sec
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Optional: 1 drop green food coloring
  • 1 1/2 cups lightly sweetened whipped heavy cream (divided use)
  • Garnish: 12 mini pretzels (or thin pretzel sticks)
  • Garnish: 2 very thin lime slices cut in fourths, plus lime zest

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this no-bake dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation.

Make the Pretzel Crust

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place the pretzel sticks in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to finely crush them.

  3. Combine the crushed pretzels, sugar, and melted butter in a medium bowl.

  4. Press mixture into a buttered 9-inch pie dish. Chill for 1 hour.

Make the Filling

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large clean bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, tequila, triple sec, lime zest, and food coloring, if using.

  3. Fold in 1 cup of the lightly sweetened whipped cream.

  4. Pour into cold pretzel pie crust and freeze for 4 hours.

Garnish and Serve the Pie

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Decorate the pie with remaining 1/2 cup of whipped cream, mini pretzels or pretzel sticks, lime quarter slices, and lime zest.

  3. Slice, serve, and enjoy.


  • This is basically an ice cream pie, so keep it frozen until ready to serve and freeze any leftovers.

More Ways to Use Key Limes

  • Key lime pie: If you can't find fresh key limes, you can use bottled key lime juice often found in the canned fruit aisle near the lemon juice. This custard pie is easy to make.

  • Key lime white chocolate bars: Key limes and white chocolate are an irresistible combination in this sweet-and-tangy batter that can be turned into muffins or cake.

  • Eggless key lime pie: Some no-bake pies include uncooked eggs, but not this one. Just as in the main recipe, sweetened condensed milk is used to create the thick texture.