The Best Frozen Lime Margaritas Recipe

Freeze your margarita base the night before to create slushy, restaurant-style frozen margaritas at home.

Robyn Lee

In a hot kitchen, you can't just dump fresh lime, tequila, Cointreau, and simple syrup in a blender with ice: As you whir it, the room-temperature liquid melts the ice, so you get a cool, but not brain-freezing-frozen margarita.

The secret to real slushie-style margaritas at home (as opposed to the classic margarita on the rocks), without using corn syrup or artificial flavors, is to make your margarita base the day before and keep it in a sealed container in your freezer. The mix won't freeze, since there's so much alcohol and sugar in it, but it will drop way down in temperature: Ours clocked in at 5°F (-15°C) after an overnight rest. When the party starts, throw your ice in the blender, add your super-cold homemade margarita mix, get it whirring on "ice crush," and you're good to go. The result will be sweet-tart, boozy, and totally refreshing. You can find more recipes for fresh-fruit frozen margaritas here.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 24 hrs
Serves: 3 servings

Rate & Comment


  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup; 120ml) silver tequila (100% agave)

  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup; 60ml) high-quality triple sec, such as Cointreau

  • 2 1/2 ounces (5 tablespoons; 75ml) lime juice, from 4 to 5 limes

  • 4 ounces (5 tablespoons; 75ml) simple syrup (see note)

  • 12 ounces ice (about 3 cups)


  1. At Least 8 Hours Before Serving: Combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and simple syrup in a sealable container that will fit in your freezer. Seal and place in freezer for at least 8 hours and up to 1 week (the mixture will remain completely liquid).

  2. When you are ready to serve, add ice and tequila mixture to blender. Blend on highest setting, pulsing and scraping down sides as necessary, until completely smooth. Serve immediately.

Special equipment



For best results, chill the base for the margaritas at least eight hours before blending. The mixture can be made up to a week in advance and stored in the freezer. The base mixture can be doubled before it's placed in the freezer, but you'll need to work in two separate batches when puréeing. To make simple syrup, combine equal volumes of sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat until the sugar is dissolved.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
281 Calories
0g Fat
53g Carbs
0g Protein
Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3
Amount per serving
Calories 281
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 48g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 14mg 68%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 30mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)