Frozen Orange Margarita

Blended Orange Margarita
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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

This orange margarita is exactly what it sounds like: an orange-flavored frozen margarita. It's an interesting and simple recipe that adds a scoop of orange sherbet to create a smooth, creamy drink that sets it apart from others.

The tequila, triple sec, and lime juice are, for the most part, exactly what you'll find in the lime margarita, though this recipe uses significantly less lime. Instead, it relies on the sherbet to give it a refreshing fruity flavor that everyone's sure to enjoy. It's a very simple blended cocktail and a great way to cool down on hot summer days.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • Dash of lime juice
  • 1 scoop of orange sherbet
  • Garnish: orange slice
  • Garnish: lime wedge

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth.

  3. Pour the contents into a chilled margarita glass.

  4. Garnish with the lime wedge and orange slice.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • If the mix is too thick once blended, add a little more orange or lime juice and blend it again. If it's too thin, add more ice or sherbet.
  • One-half cup of ice is about three or four ice cubes.
  • Frozen margaritas do not require the best tequila in your bar. You do want to choose one that you wouldn't mind sipping straight or shooting in order to get the best cocktail, though.
  • Triple sec is the customary orange liqueur for margaritas, but it's not your only option. Try this drink with Patron Citronge (a tequila-based liqueur), curaçao, or Grand Marnier. Just make sure your liqueur matches the quality of the tequila you pour as many of the cheapest options can be very syrupy.

Recipe Variations

  • No sherbet? Make an orange margarita with orange juice instead. Pour between 1/2 ounce and 1 ounce of orange juice into the blender and increase the ice to 1 cup, keeping the other ingredients the same.
  • Another option is to shake up a bloody margarita featuring blood orange juice. The darker variety of the citrus fruit is slightly sweeter than navel oranges, creating a familiar but unique cocktail. You can also use that recipe to make a shaken margarita with regular orange juice.
  • Add some spice to the mix with the habanero blood orange margarita recipe. It features a homemade puree of blood orange juice and habanero pepper and rims the glass with mole negro.
  • Bring in another dimension of flavor that complements the orange. Do so with about some chopped fruit or 1/2 ounce of a flavored simple syrup, liqueur, or juice. Good options include banana, berries, chocolate, ginger, pineapple, and vanilla.

How Strong Is an Orange Margarita?

The orange margarita is about as gentle as most frozen cocktails. Once blended, its alcohol content should be somewhere in the 11 percent ABV (22 proof) range. It's a lot like drinking a glass of wine, only fruitier!