Frozen Strawberry Margarita

Perfectly sweet Frozen Strawberry Margaritas are the perfect warm weather cocktail! This small batch blended margarita recipe is smooth, balanced and delicious. Makes 2 drinks.

Love margaritas? You definitely want to check out How to Make a Margarita, Pineapple Margarita and Cherry Lemonade Margaritas!

A silver tray holds three red drinks garnished with strawberries

We celebrated the wedding of dear friends in San Miguel de Allende in February 2020, and while we were there, we went on an unofficial margarita tour of the city. 😉 The tour also included food.

One evening, we found ourselves on the rooftop, and I ordered a Strawberry Margarita. It was one of the most delicious drinks I sipped during our trip, and upon our arrival back in Dallas, I knew I needed to eventually recreate it.

Well, I’ve recreated it, and I highly recommend everyone trying it.

Why I love this recipe:

We’re celebrating all kinds of margaritas this year here at The Speckled Palate, and I particularly love this Frozen Strawberry Margarita because it tastes like that one I had in San Miguel. (If you’re curious, I have a classic Strawberry Margarita on the rocks already, as well as a Strawberry Mockarita (Strawberry Virgin Margarita) recipe.)

This Frozen Strawberry Margarita is perfectly balanced—not too sweet or sour. The texture is perfect—it’s not a runny frozen margarita or one that tastes watered down, which is the saddest.

I imagine this blended margarita recipe would be fabulous on a hot summer’s day and will confirm this for us when the weather heats up in Texas later this month.

I also really like that this is a small batch margarita recipe, meaning it makes 2 drinks instead of an entire pitcher. Because yes, I’d love a pitcher of margaritas, but I currently have no crowd to share it with.

However, if you want to make this Frozen Strawberry Margarita recipe into a pitcher drink, I’ve got you covered and have the instructions below!

Other strawberry drinks you might enjoy: Strawberry Lemonade | Strawberry Moscow Mule | Strawberry Champagne Cocktail | Strawberry French Monaco Drink | Strawberry Old Fashioned

Looking for a mixed drink, but don’t know where to begin? Check out my Cocktail Recipe Index for some ideas.

A bottle of tequila and a bottle of Cointreau sit on top of a white kitchen towel next to frozen strawberries and yellow ice cubes

What you need to make Frozen Strawberry Margaritas

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What is in a strawberry margarita?

  • Frozen strawberries—I like using frozen strawberries because they’re harvested at their peak sweetness. I also like using them because we don’t have to add ice to our margarita, which will eventually melt and water down the frozen margarita.
  • Silver tequila—We want to use a 100% agave young tequila for this recipe. You don’t have to have the top-shelf stuff, but you want the brand to taste good. Steer clear of tequila blends.
  • Cointreau or triple sec—Cointreau is my go-to for a margarita because it adds such lovely flavor and balance. It has a higher alcohol volume than triple sec, too. However, if you have triple sec on hand, it works beautifully!
  • Frozen homemade margarita mix—And yes, before you ask, it’s gotta be frozen. If you don’t have this, you can use your favorite store-bought brand OR you can replace the mix with 3 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice and 2 oz. simple syrup
  • Simple syrup—yes, we’re using a homemade margarita mix that is sweetened with simple syrup, but we found that adding a little extra sweetness really made these Frozen Strawberry Margaritas sing.
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How to make Frozen Strawberry Margaritas

First and foremost, we’re going to freeze our margarita mix. Pour it into an ice cube tray—I’ve found most regular ice cube trays measure about 1 oz. per cube—and pop it into the freezer. Freeze for 2-3 hours, or until the mix is frozen solid before proceeding.

Yes, freezing margarita mix feels super extra, and I know it’s a hassle. You can’t make this drink right after you read the recipe, I know. HOWEVER, we’ve taken to freezing entire trays of margarita mix and then when they’re frozen, transferring them to a storage baggie to keep in the freezer for whenever we have a hankering for a frozen margarita.

Next, rim the glasses with sugar. Sprinkle granulated sugar onto a small plate. Then you’ll run a lime wedge around the lip of your glass. Dip the glass into the granulated sugar, patting it gently to ensure the sugar sticks to the rim. Once ready, set aside for later.

In the base of a blender, combine the tequila, Cointreau, margarita mix, simple syrup and frozen strawberries. Blend until smooth.

Serve immediately in the sugar-rimmed glasses with strawberries and lime wedges!

Three Frozen Strawberry Margaritas sit on a silver tray next to strawberries, lime wedges and a gold jigger

Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips

These Frozen Strawberry Margaritas would be amazing at a gathering, whether it’s  a Taco Tuesday gathering, a Cinco de Mayo feast or an at-home Mexican dinner party.

Heck, it could be for a regular ‘ol Wednesday, and you’d have my support.

If you’re planning to make these frozen margaritas for a crowd, I have some ideas of how to make it happen:

  • Freeze more than enough margarita mix. Since we have to freeze the margarita mix to get the perfect texture of these margaritas, you want to freeze extra so that you don’t run out. As I said above, we’ve taken to freezing margarita mix in cubes to have it on hand, and this is the perfect excuse to freeze a few trays, right?
  • Transform this small-batch margarita recipe into a pitcher drink. To make a 6-drink pitcher, combine 9 oz. silver tequila, 6 oz. Cointreau, 15 oz. frozen homemade margarita mix, 3 oz. simple syrup and 3 cups of frozen strawberries in your blender before blending and serving.
  • Get more than enough ingredients. I’m the host who’s always concerned that she will run out of ingredients or drinks, so I have more than what I expect on hand.
  • Make it for the kids! Make this Frozen Strawberry Margarita into a Virgin Strawberry Margarita by blending the first batch without alcohol. In place of the tequila and Cointreau, add some 3-4 oz. water or orange juice before blending.
Close up of a strawberry margarita rimmed with sugar and garnished with a strawberry and a lime wedge

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this frozen strawberry margarita ahead of time?

YES! The beauty of a frozen margarita is that you can blend it ahead of time and keep it chilling in the freezer until it’s serving time.

How do I store this blended margarita recipe if I don’t drink it all?

This is a small-batch margarita recipe, but if you don’t drink the two glasses this recipe creates, you can put one in the freezer. It will keep without freezing solid because of the alcohol content.

Why do I have to freeze the margarita mix?

We don’t add ice cubes to this margarita recipe, and we found that when the margarita mix wasn’t frozen, our margaritas melted a lot quicker and were runnier. For me, I like a solid frozen margarita, and the frozen margarita mix cubes make the margarita the perfect consistency.

How can I make these frozen strawberry margaritas for a crowd?

To transform this blended margarita recipe into a 6-cup pitcher of frozen strawberry margaritas, combine 9 oz. silver tequila, 6 oz. Cointreau, 15 oz. homemade margarita mix, 3 oz. simple syrup and 3 cups of frozen strawberries in your blender. Blend them together until smooth, then pour into a pitcher for guests to enjoy.

Do I have to rim this margarita with sugar?

Nope. If you don’t like a sugared rim, skip that part!

How do I make this recipe with fresh strawberries?

Same amount of strawberries, hulled, but add 1 cup of ice cubes, too.

How do I make this recipe without the margarita mix?

Replace the homemade margarita mix with 3 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice and 2 oz. simple syrup.

A halved strawberry floats on top of a frozen blended margarita recipe on a silver tray

Tips for making the best make Frozen Strawberry Margaritas

  • Freeze your margarita mix in advance. We need it frozen solid to get this blended margarita recipe to be the perfect texture, and you can’t rush that process.
  • Don’t skimp on the ingredients. Use what the recipe calls for, please.
  • Not a fan of margarita mix? Make these margaritas without by replacing it with 3 oz. lime juice and 2 oz. simple syrup.You can mix ‘em together before freezing or freeze them separately into cubes.
  • Fresh strawberries? They’re delicious and can be used in this recipe. Use the same amount as the recipe dictates, then add 1 cup of ice cubes to the blender, too.
A silver tray holds three red drinks garnished with strawberries
Yield: 2 drinks

Frozen Strawberry Margarita

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freeze Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Perfectly sweet Frozen Strawberry Margaritas are the perfect warm weather cocktail! This small batch blended margarita recipe is smooth, balanced and delicious

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. First, pour the margarita mix into an ice cube tray. Transfer to the freezer and freeze for 2-3 hours, or until frozen solid.
  2. Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass(es), and dip in granulated sugar to create a sugared rim. Repeat and set aside.
  3. Combine all ingredients in the base of a blender.
  4. Blend the ingredients until smooth and combined.
  5. Pour into prepared sugar-rimmed glasses.
  6. Enjoy immediately after garnishing with a fresh strawberry and lime wedge.

Notes

To make a 6-cup pitcher of frozen strawberry margaritas, combine and blend the following together:

  • 9 oz. silver tequila
  • 6 oz. Cointreau
  • 15 oz. homemade margarita mix
  • 3 oz. simple syrup
  • 3 cups of frozen strawberries

Do I have to rim this margarita with sugar? Nope. If you don’t like a sugared rim, skip that part!

How do I make this recipe with fresh strawberries? Same amount of strawberries, hulled, but add 1 cup of ice cubes, too.

How do I make this recipe without the margarita mix? Replace the mix with 3 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice and 2 oz. simple syrup.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2 drinks

Serving Size:

1 drink

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 542Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 100gFiber: 4gSugar: 92gProtein: 1g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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