Frozen Margarita Recipe

Frozen margaritas just scream vacation, whether it’s in sunny Cancun or a Thursday night in your living room. This icy concoction retains all the beloved flavors of a traditional margarita – the sharpness of lime, the sweetness of Triple Sec, and the punch of tequila – but brings them together in a smooth, slushy form. Sweetened to perfection with agave nectar or simple syrup and blended with ice, it’s the ultimate refresher on a hot day, a beach party, or whenever you’re in the mood for something cool and invigorating.

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Frozen Margarita

Whether it's on a beach somewhere, a pool in your friend's backyard, or your living room, a frozen margarita automatically makes it a vacation. We don't make the rules.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Margarita
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 178 kcal



  1. In a blender, combine tequila, lime juice, triple sec, agave nectar or simple syrup, and a generous amount of ice.

  2. Blend until smooth and slushy.

  3. Pour into a margarita glass.

Nutrition Facts
Frozen Margarita
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Where was the frozen margarita invented?

The frozen margarita was popularized in the 1970s by Mariano Martinez, a Dallas restaurateur, who adapted a soft-serve ice cream machine to create a consistent and easily replicable frozen margarita.

Can you make a skinny frozen margarita?

Yes, a skinny frozen margarita can be made by using a low-calorie sweetener instead of agave nectar or simple syrup and choosing a lower-calorie tequila.

Can you make a non-alcoholic frozen margarita?

Certainly! Replace the tequila with non-alcoholic tequila or a similar non-alcoholic spirit, and use a non-alcoholic Triple Sec alternative.

Can you make a frozen margarita without a blender?

While a blender is ideal for achieving the smooth, slushy texture, you can semi-replicate this by crushing ice very finely and shaking the ingredients vigorously, though the result may be more granular.

Difference between frozen margarita and margarita on the rocks?

The primary difference is texture. A frozen margarita is blended with ice into a slushy consistency, while a margarita on the rocks is served over ice cubes.

Frozen Margarita vs. Frozen Daiquiri?

The main difference is the base spirit: frozen margaritas use tequila, while frozen daiquiris use rum. Additionally, daiquiris often incorporate different fruit flavors.

Bartender’s Note:

The key to a perfect frozen margarita is balance in flavor and texture. Ensure the drink is not overly diluted by ice and maintain the harmony of sweet, sour, and tequila flavors. Quality ingredients are crucial for the best tasting cocktail. Serve immediately to enjoy its frosty goodness at its peak.

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  • Richard R

    Came here looking for “skinny frozen margarita” and I find your recipe absolutely the best! Thank you!

    • Doug Patrick

      Appreciate the kind words, Richard!

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