Frozen Margarita Recipe + Video

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This Frozen Margarita Recipe, made with Jose Cuervo Gold, is the best frozen margarita recipe you’ll find! No party is complete without this simple, sweet frozen cocktail. It will transport you straight to Margaritaville!

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If you’ve ever wondered how to make a frozen margarita, I’ve got a few recipes that you need to try.

Obviously, this Jose Cuervo margarita is first up — it’s the perfect way to cool off when the weather is hot hot hot!

pouring lime juice into blender

Frozen Margarita Recipe

This recipe does not use a frozen margarita mix because I find that they are often too sweet.

Instead, we get just the right amount of sweetness from our homemade simple syrup.

Recipe Video

To learn how to make a frozen margarita, watch the video in this post!

Next, you can try my Perfectly Peach Margarita made with peach chunks and peach schnapps for a delicious summer drink.

Or, you will love the depth of flavor in my Strawberry Lime Margarita.

Prefer a bite to your cocktails? You have to try my Puckered Jalapeno Frozen Margarita!

adding ice to blender with margarita mix

How to Make a Frozen Margarita

  1. Rim the margarita glasses in lime juice, then dip in coarse salt. Set aside.
  2. Add ingredients and 3 cups of ice to the blender (adjusting to personal preference). Blend together until the mixture becomes a thick slush.
  3. Pour into rimmed glasses and garnish with a lime slice.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Yes, a classic margarita will contain triple sec. This Jose Cuervo margarita contains tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and simple syrup — and the ice, of course.

You will also need coarse salt and lime juice for rimming your glasses.

frozen margarita in blender

Best Frozen Margarita Recipe Tips

This frozen margarita recipe is very easy to follow. But, here are a few simple tips to make the best drink possible:

  • Use crushed ice. This makes the job easier on your blender, and you won’t end up with tiny chunks in your drink.
  • Add liquids first. Then, place the ice on top. Trust me — it just turns out better this way!
  • Start on low. Once everything starts to combine, slowly increase the speed.
  • Don’t over-blend! The blades will generate heat inside the blender, causing the ice to melt and resulting in a watery cocktail.
  • Want to add fruit? Be sure that any fruit is frozen and not fresh. Otherwise, your frozen margarita will be too watery.
pouring blended margarita into glass with salt rim

How to Rim a Margarita Glass

One of the most important steps when making a Jose Cuervo margarita is rimming the glass! It’s very easy to do with a little bit of preparation.

Step 1: Fill a shallow bowl or rimmed plate with a thin layer of coarse salt.

Step 2: Cut a lime into wedges, then make a shallow slice in the center of the fleshy part.

Rest the wedge on the rim of the glass and run it all the way around to coat the entire rim in juice.

Step 3: Gently flip the glass and dip it into the coarse salt, until the rim is evenly coated.

For a fun variation, you can color the salt with a drop or two of food coloring!

Match the color of the salt to your party theme, or coordinate it with the flavor of your frozen margarita recipe.

If people prefer a sweet rim, then sanding sugar will do the trick.

placing lime slice on rim of margarita with salt

Frozen Margarita FAQ

What is the difference between silver and gold tequila?

Silver tequila is bottled right after it is distilled, which is why it is clear — if it happens to be aged, it’s only for a few months.

Gold tequila is aged in wooden barrels, which give it that signature golden hue.

There are differences in flavor as well: silver tequila tends to be stronger, while gold tequila is smoother and somewhat sweeter.

What is the best frozen margarita recipe?

Well, we’re certainly partial to this one! It all comes down to finding the perfect balance of ingredients and blending it just right.This frozen Jose Cuervo margarita is certainly not for everyone. The easiest way to make margaritas taste better is to reduce the amount of tequila or swap out the citrus juice.Instead of lime, use freshly squeezed juice from a Meyer Lemon, grapefruit, blood orange, or tangerine!

What pairs well with margaritas?

Margaritas go wonderfully with both chicken and shrimp, especially if they have lime juice as part of the recipe.

You could serve this frozen margarita recipe with a wrap, salad, or grilled meat. Why not try a few of these recipes:

Cajun Shrimp Pasta
Coconut Lime Chicken Nuggets
Chili Lime Chicken Taquitos
20 Minute Chipotle Lime Marinade for Grilled Chicken

Or, if you’re hoping for a dessert recipe, you have got to try these Boozy Margarita Cupcakes.

They are loaded with lime and tequila with incredible ribbons of lime zest. They are a perfect ending to any summer meal.

two frozen margaritas garnished with lime

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close up: blended margarita with salted rim and slice of lime

Frozen Margarita Recipe (How to Make the Best) + Video

Donna Elick
This Frozen Margarita Recipe, made with Jose Cuervo Gold, is the best frozen margarita recipe you'll find. Next stop: Margaritaville!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Method Blender
Servings 2


  • coarse salt
  • lime, sliced
  • 4 ounces Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila
  • 2 ounces triple sec
  • 2 ounces lime juice, fresh squeezed or Rose’s Lime Juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup, 1/2 water, 1/2 sugar heated until it becomes a syrup
  • 3 cups ice


  • Add coarse salt to a plate or bowl large enough to fit the top of your margarita glass in.
  • Run a lime slice around the lip of your glasses and then dip each glass into the coarse salt. Set aside.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to your blender. Blend together until the mixture becomes a thick slush. You may need to pulse it
  • Pour into rimmed glasses and garnish with a lime slice!
  • Serve and enjoy!



Serving: 1 | Calories: 264cal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 29mg | Sugar: 20g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published 4/12/12, updated and republished June 2023.

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  1. UGH. This sounds perfect and I am bummed that I couldn't go sit in the garden with you last night! We need to plan it for next week, k?

  2. What a fantastic looking, icy cold cocktail! Texas summers will definitely demand something like this every day. Thanks for sharing. Your photos are beautiful!

  3. You can never go wrong with a fresh, classic margarita! One of my favorite cocktails. Your salted rim is perfect–I can never get mine to look like that, haha. Now I'm going to have that song stuck in my head for a while. 😉

  4. This is the ultimate, perfect margarita! is it summertime yet?! who am i kidding, i drink margaritas all year round. sometimes i just want the classic. no frillers, flavors, etc. thanks for the recipe 🙂

  5. I definitely drink margaritas year round and now I have liver problems. Here is how I make my margaritas:

    1000 ml tequila

    Hope you enjoy!

  6. Tried the Peach Margarita a few weeks ago and everyone loved them. A perfect drink for warm weather!

  7. Instead of mixing with ice in the blender we pour it over ice cubes. Add about 1/2 ounce more or less extra simple syrup to sweeeten a little more. This is DELICIOUS!

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