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Frozen Margarita Recipe

Original and Upgraded 

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MC NickRock

Singer, Entertainer, Writer and Cocktail Maker. 

    You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars journeying to the holiday sun. You can bring it to your glass in minutes by making tropical drinks. Originally from Mexico, the frozen margarita recipe is one of the most popular summer beverages in the world. It’s as awesome for beach parties as it is for relaxation after a hard day of work. A margarita cocktail is so easy to make that generic store-bought margarita mixes are best avoided. A homemade margarita will always taste so much more delicious when you’ve customised the recipe to taste.

  Looking for how to go about ensuring you’ll mix that killer frozen margarita? Just read on , you’re about ten minutes away from becoming a master. Here’s the breakdown :

1. Required Equipment

All The Required Equipment For Making Frozen Margarita Cocktails.

2. Best Ingredients

Choosing The Right Ingredients For The Best Frozen Margarita Recipe.


3. Original Recipe

The Original Frozen Margatia Recipe : Step-By-Step.

4. Upgrades & Variations

Let’s Bring Your Frozen Margarita To A New Level.

1. Required Equipment For Frozen Margarita Recipe

All The Required Equipment For Making Frozen Margarita Cocktails.

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“If Life Gives You Limes, Make Margaritas.”

-Jimmy Buffett

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1. Blender:           

     An Ice crushing blender is the only essential piece of equipment that you’ll need to make the perfect blended margarita recipe. I’ve had a lot of recommendations for the ‘Margaritaville’ blender but it’s a bit pricey. If you don’t own one already you can get a basic model that’ll do the job perfectly for around 30$ USD. I own a ‘Hamilton Beach’ and it’s never let me down.

2. Glass:         

     You can use any type of glass to make a frozen margarita but it is always better to use a wide rimmed glass , providing plenty of surface area for the salted garnish. You want your drink to be balanced evenly for every sip.

    For parties, it’s always a fun idea to serve it up in trays of shot glasses. What’s more refreshing than a frozen margarita shot between 2 beers? Make sure the ice is well crushed and nobody will suffer brain freeze. 

2. Best Ingredients For Frozen Margarita recipe

Choosing The Right Ingredients For The Best Frozen Margarita Recipe.

1. Tequila:   

     There’s a few things to keep in mind while selecting your tequila. First, make sure to pick a bottle that indicates that it’s made with 100% agave. If not, your tequila will contain added sugars and flavouring agents. ‘Patron’ brand is always excellent in any tequila drinks , even if it is a bit more expensive than others. Avoid cheap tequilas please. They are mixed with other unwanted ingredients and you won’t get nearly as satisfactory a result as if you choose decent quality.

   Finally, should you get silver or gold tequila? it is preferable to use silver tequila in most cases as the flavour and colour will blend better with the mix. Gold tequila generally gives a woody flavour , which I do like in certain cases – more on this soon.

2. Triple Sec: 

     As the original recipe contains triple sec, other orange liquors or curaçao can substitute. I highly recommend  Cointreau as it’s perfectly balanced for margarita recipes with it’s 40%  alcohol / volume. You can’t go wrong with it in my opinion. Popular in many triple sec drinks, I’ve never been disappointed with any Cointreau cocktails I’ve tried. 

3. Lime Juice:     

     Don’t resort to bottled lime juice. Always use the green fruit as it’ll add authentic fruity taste and freshness. A quick tip for easier juice extraction : roll the lime firmly on the cutting board by pressing with the palm of your hand before cutting it in half.

4. Salt:

     It’s always better to use Sea Salt. Regular table salt will do the job but sea salt will subtly enhance your drink to another level. Jamie Oliver suggests in his version to use Maldon sea salt to add a final touch on presentation with its pyramid shape.

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3. Frozen Margarita : Original Recipe

The Original Frozen Margatia Recipe : Step-By-Step.

Alcoholic ingredients :

Non-Alcoholic ingredients :

  • 3 Oz Of Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • Salt
  • 1 Lemon For Rimming

Equipment :

  • 1 Ice Crushing Blender
  • 1 Cocktail Coupe Glass

Original Frozen Margarita Recipe : Step By-Step

Garnishing :

  1. Squeeze the juice out of a lemon in a bowl wide enough to fit the top of your glass in.
  2. Into a second similar bowl, pour salt. About a 1/4 inch should be enough.
  3. Dip the rim of the glass in the lime juice and spin it around to make sure that the top is completely covered.
  4. Lift the glass and hold it until no more drips fall , to get rid of the excess.
  5. Place the rim of the glass in the salt bowl. The salt should stick easily , but twist it around a bit to evenly cover the whole edge surface.
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Forzen Margarita Recipe :

  1. Place ice into the blender. Don’t put too much in for now , as you can add more at the end to adjust consistency.
  2. Add the tequila, triple sec and lime juice.
  3. Blend until the ice is crushed.
  4. Check the consistency , and add more ice until you get the desired texture.
  5. Pour the blended margarita mix gently into the glass.
  6. If the texture is right, the straw should stand up in the mix.
  7. Garnish with a wheel of lime.

Tips :

  • It’s ok if some smaller chunks of ice are present in the mix as it’ll stay frozen longer.
  • Well chilled glasses will also help keep your margaritas crispy cold.
  • You can replace the lime juice with a whole peeled lime for even fruitier taste.
  • If you don’t want to drink it straight away, you can save the mix in the freezer. You’ll just have to re-blend it before serving.

4. Upgrades & Variations : Frozen MArgarita Recipe

Let’s Bring Your Frozen Margarita To A New Level.

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Now that you know how to execute the classic margarita recipe, it’s time to be creative. There’s many ways to bring the experience to a whole new level:

1. Add some fruits :

     Different fruits are always a welcome change up. There’s lots of possibilities ; strawberries, mangos, raspberries, peaches, grapefruit, or just about  anything you care to experiment with. Even if the frozen strawberry margarita recipe is lately the most common, all these variations are just as valid , and maybe even tastier. 

    Make sure the fruit is cut into cubes and frozen before using. A possible bonus with this option is that you won’t have to use as much ice , meaning  your margarita won’t water down as much as it melts. You can buy frozen bags of fruit at the store but it won’t taste as sweet as if you use fresh fruit. I personally add an additional 0.5 oz of tequila and 0.5 oz of Cointreau here , as the fruit will slightly reduce the alcohol strength.

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2. Sweetener :

      If you are one of those who like your margarita sweeter, you can add some agave nectar. Any simple syrup will do but proper agave blend is better as it comes from the same plant as the tequila. It’s a good match for the frozen strawberry margarita as it’ll enhance the sweetness of the fruit.

3. Rimming :

  You can coat only half of the glass with salt and the other half with sugar. This contrast is fun if you don’t desire saltiness in every sip.

  If you like a spicy margarita, another improvement is to blend the salt (1 part) with sugar (2 parts) and cayenne powder (1/2 part). It’ll give an extra kick without being too overwhelming.

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4. dark rum cocktails :

     For those who like it a bit tougher. Some folks tell me it won’t be a margarita anymore , but you’ll love it if you’re already a fan of dark rum cocktails. Adding 1 oz of dark rum into the mix will bring a sweet yet strong flavour. I recommend in this situation to use gold tequila as you’ll appreciate that woodiness , especially effective in a mango margarita.

5. coconut rum drinks :

Coconut flavor is always compatible with sweet and fruity drinks. By adding 1 oz of coconut rum to the mix, you’ll add a note of freshness to your frozen margarita.

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In Conclusion

    So now that you’re a master of frozen margaritas, it’s time to take action. Let me know how you make yours in the comments section below. Again, thanks guys and girls for your time, and don’t forget to like and share, to help me spread the word.

About The Author

MC NickRock

MC NickRock is a professional singer. Performing in bars and events for over 20 years, he finally decided to share his knowledge acquired about cocktails and drinks.


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