This frozen strawberry margarita is quick and easy to blend up at home! No added sugar or sweeteners – just strawberries, ice, tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice. Next time try a watermelon or strawberry basil margarita.
There is nothing like a frozen drink on a hot summer day! Actually, there’s nothing like a fruity, frozen drink on a hot summer day that was prepared by someone else entirely while you lie next to a pool and barely move a muscle.
But since this frozen strawberry margarita only needs a few ingredients and a few minutes of your time, I think we can make an exception.
What is the difference between a margarita and a frozen margarita?
This might seem like a silly question, but it’s really not!
A traditional margarita is prepared by shaking the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and is served on the rocks (aka: in a glass with ice cubes).
A frozen margarita is prepared by combining the ingredients and ice cubes in a blender to create a icy, frosty concoction.
What are the ingredients for a frozen strawberry margarita?
For my recipe (which is a longtime favorite that I rarely stray from), you’ll need:
- A lime wedge and margarita salt and/or sugar for rimming your glasses
- Frozen strawberries
- Ice cubes
- Cointreau (or another orange liqueur)
- Lime juice
Prep your garnish and your glasses
Slice each strawberry and lime wedge at an angle so that they will sit nicely on the edge of your glasses.
Pour margarita salt or sugar (or both) onto a small plate, then rub a lime wedge over the rim of your serving glasses to moisten the edges. Now dip the edges of the glasses into the salt and/or sugar.
What can I use instead of Cointreau?
If you don’t have any Cointreau, you can substitute any of the following:
- Triple Sec
- Grand Marnier
- Orange Curacao
You could even substitute orange juice if you wanted to, but it won’t provide as much concentrated flavor.
What is the difference between a strawberry margarita and a strawberry daiquiri?
A strawberry margarita uses tequila, while a strawberry daquiri uses rum.
Just swap those two and omit the orange liqueur if you want to turn this into a daiquiri. Easy peasy!
Helpful tips for making frozen margaritas
- Get all your ingredients as cold as possible. Stick the tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and the serving glasses in the fridge!
- Prep your glasses. It doesn’t matter if you use traditional margarita glasses or just a random pint glass – rub the rim with a lime wedge and then dip it in margarita salt or sugar (or both!). The lime juice helps it all stick to the edges!
- Use cubed ice, not crushed – crushed ice is more quick to melt.
- Use your blender ‘s crush ice setting first, then adjust for a smooth blend.
Can I make frozen margaritas ahead of time?
Absolutely! Once you’ve made the mix, put it in a freezer-safe container and stick it in the freezer until you’re ready for it.
The alcohol will prevent it from completely freezing, and you can just stick it in the blender again and pulse for a few seconds to freshen it up before serving.
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Frozen Strawberry Margarita
- Lime slice
- Margarita salt and/or sugar
- 1.5 cups strawberries, hulled and frozen
- 1.5 cups ice cubes
- 3 ounces tequila
- 2 ounces Cointreau, or other orange liqueur
- 1 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
- Strawberries and lime slices, garnish
- Rub a lime wedge over the rim of your serving glasses to moisten the edges, then dip in the margarita salt and/or sugar (I love to use a mix of the two!). Set aside.
- In a blender, combine frozen strawberries, ice, tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice. Start blending on the “crush” or "medium" setting and adjust as you see fit until everything is combined, smooth and to your desired consistency.
- Evenly distribute between your two prepared glasses and garnish with fresh strawberries and/or lime wedges. Serve immediately and enjoy!