Frozen Margarita Recipe + Video

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You have got to try this frozen margarita recipe made with Jose Cuervo Gold! No party is complete without our simple, sweet frozen cocktail recipe. It will transport you to Margaritaville!

If you’ve ever wondered how to make frozen margaritas, I’ve got a few recipes that you need to try. The hot weather is a perfect time to enjoy a frozen margarita recipe.

And, you can try my Perfectly Peach Margarita which starts with peach chunks and peach schnapps to make a delicious summer drink.

Or, you will love the depth of flavor in my Strawberry Lime Margarita. Or, for a slightly different taste, why not try my Puckered Jalapeno Frozen Margarita.

This recipe does not use a frozen margarita mix. I find that they are often too sweet. And, I didn’t want an overly sweet frozen margarita recipe.

This recipe uses a simple syrup which adds just the right amount of sweetness but doesn’t leave it overpoweringly sweet. It’s a simple, refreshing drink on a hot day.

Frozen Margarita Recipe Tips

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

  • Use crushed ice to make the job easier on your blender!
  • Add liquids first and the ice on top.
  • Start on low and slowly increase the speed.
  • Don’t over blend or you will end up with a watery cocktail.
  • Be sure to add frozen fruit and not fresh or your frozen margarita will be too watery.

How to make frozen margaritas

  1. Rim the margarita glasses in lime juice and 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 frozen 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.

How to rim a margarita glass

One of the most important steps in this frozen margarita recipe is rimming your margarita glass with coarse salt and lime juice. It’s very easy to do with a little bit of preparation.

You will need a shallow bowl of water, lemon juice, or lime juice (like I’ve used here). Then you need to dip the rim of your margarita glass into the liquid evenly.

Make sure that you cover the rim completely.

Finally, carefully dip the rim into the coarse salt until it’s evenly coated. For a fun variation, you can add food coloring to the salt to change the color.

Try matching the color of the salt to your party theme. Or, try orange for a peach margarita and red for a strawberry frozen margarita recipe. There are lots of different variations you can try.

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 it with a wrap, salad, or grilled meat. Why not try a few of these recipes:

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.

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    Frozen Margarita Recipe + 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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