Not only will you find out how to make strawberry margarita in a blender, but you can also learn some helpful tips and tricks along the way. Hopefully, you’ve got everything you need to get started
Making homemade strawberry margaritas doesn’t have to be complicated. The best cocktail recipes are the ones that taste great, make a lot, and are super easy to make. This recipe for strawberry margaritas is exactly that kind of recipe.
The Ultimate Blender Frozen Strawberry Margaritas
The Ultimate Frozen Strawberry Margarita Recipe at home! Quick and easy in a blender with minimal ingredients, no simple syrup or sugar! Enjoy these frozen margaritas right away or store them in the freezer as a make ahead cocktail that’s ready for your next party!
Strawberry Margarita Recipe
So this weekend we are throwing a “make up” Cinco de Mayo party. See, originally we were going to have a big Cinco de Mayo pool party at our house. It had been raining all week and when we looked at the weather report it was suppose to rain again, so we decided to cancel the party. Our house with 28 adults and 15+ kids would not work.
Then of course, it was sunny all that day. Why is it that a meteorologist is one of the only jobs that you can be wrong most of the time and it’s ok?
Anyway, we are throwing a make up party this weekend, Memorial Day weekend because, well, why not!
First on the menu is of course cocktails! When I think of Mexican food, Margaritas are first on the list and then guacamole is a close second.
Usually, Mike and I are more on the rocks margarita kinda people but lately I’ve been loving the frozen margaritas. Homemade Frozen Margaritas that is, I never order them out because they are always loaded with sugar and sodium! If you make them at home you know exactly what goes in them because you’re controlling it.
How to make Strawberry Margaritas without a mix?
- To a blender add 4 cups of frozen strawberries, 2 cups of ice cubes, 1 cup tequila, 3/4 cup orange juice, 1/3 cup grand mariner and 1/3 cup lime juice.
- Blend until smooth and serve immediately.
- Optional: garnish glass rims with salt or sugar
No need to buy a mix, all of the ingredients in this strawberry margarita recipe are real ingredients. No additives. And trust me, you can tell the difference!
How do you make a margarita in a blender?
Add all of your ingredients (tequila, triple sec or Grand Marnier, lime juice and simple syrup optional) to a blender along with ice and blender until smooth. Serve in glasses with garnish rim and a lime. If you want a flavored margarita just add that fruit, mango for mango, strawberry for strawberry or raspberry for raspberry. Easy peasy.
Can you make frozen margaritas ahead of time?
YES! You can actually make the margarita a day a head of time and keep it in the freezer. The alcohol will keep the margarita from completely freezing, it will be more slushy form. So all you have to do is bring it in and blend it up right before serving!
That fact that you can make these frozen margaritas ahead of time is one of the reasons I love it so much! Anything that I can prep in advance for parties is a winner to me. I live by prep when it comes to entertaining because it allows me to be present the day of the party!
If you’re a margarita fan you are going to love this one. I use the same ratios I use for my Ultimate on the Rocks Margarita and then add in the fruit. And let me tell you, these are dangerous. In my on the rocks margarita you can taste the liquor, but in the Strawberry Margarita Recipe it’s hidden with the strawberry slushie flavor. They sneak up on you for real. So be warned!
I can guarantee you’re going to love it though so cheers friends and happy long Memorial Day weekend!
The Ultimate Blender Frozen Strawberry Margarita Recipe
The Ultimate Frozen Strawberry Margarita Recipe at home! Quick and easy in a blender with minimal fresh ingredients Enjoy these frozen margaritas right away or store them in the freezer as a make ahead cocktail that’s ready for your next party!
- 4 cups frozen unsweetened strawberries
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 1 cup silver tequila
- 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/3 cup grand marnier
- 1/3 cup lime juice
- garnish the rim with sugar or salt (optional)
- To a blender add frozen strawberries, ice cubes, tequila, orange juice, grand mariner and lime juice.
- Blend until smooth and serve immediately.
- Optional: garnish glass rims with salt or sugar
Frozen Strawberry Margarita Recipe
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Frozen Strawberry Margaritas
It’s time to chillax in the sun with a smooth and refreshing Frozen Strawberry Margarita! Only a handful of ingredients and minimal prep make these summer cocktails a favorite for any BBQ, party or balmy summer eve!
This is like an adult slushy but it feels lighter and less weighed down with sugar.
Why you’ll love this Frozen Strawberry Margarita!
- Smooth and fruity. These margaritas as fresh, fruity and super smooth, a quick blitz in the blender and you have yourself a party in a glass.
- An easy summer cocktail. Whether you whip up a small batch or you’re making it for a crowd, there’s only a few ingredients needed. It’ll be ready in 5 mins!
- Great make ahead cocktail. Have this Frozen Strawberry Margarita right away or store in the freezer for later. Perfect to get ahead of the party prep.
How to make a Frozen Strawberry Magarita
Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!
- Prep the glasses. Rub the rim of the glasses with a lime slice and dip in the prepared salt blend; set aside.
- Blend. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix on CHOP until desired consistency.
- Garnish. Top with fresh strawberries, lime wedge, serve ad enjoy!
Can you make these Frozen Strawberry Margaritas ahead of time?
Absolutely! Whip up this margarita mix a day a head of time and keep it in the freezer. The alcohol keeps the margarita from freezing completely, it stays more in that satisfying slushy form.
Just give the mix a quick blitz in the blender to liven it up just before serving.
Can I add other flavors?
Strawberry on its own works beautifully, but you can totally add in other fruit too. Mango is great, as is raspberry – have fun with your favorite fruity flavors!
Do I have to use sugar in a Frozen Margarita?
No, you can leave out the sugar and use agave nectar. Sugar obviously adds a sweetness to proceedings but by no means is it essential.
Without the sugar you get more of a tarty punch, which is lovely too!
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- For a delicious, fizzy twist, add about ¼ cup sparkling fruit juice (sparkling cranberry juice is fabulous) or clear soda to each serving of the frozen margarita mixture and stir.
- To make your own simple syrup, just boil down 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a pan on low heat, until clear.
- Taste test the margarita after mixing to see if you want it sweeter before adding agave or simple syrup.
- To rim the glasses, use a saucer and gently press and twist the rim flat into the salt mix.
Frozen Strawberry Margaritas
Bright, bold, sweet, and tart strawberries give an early summer punch to the classic margarita recipe. Serve up this strawberry margarita blended and garnished with a juicy, red berry for the ultimate summer cocktail.
A margarita is a fabulous chameleon of a cocktail. Serve it up classic, serve it up frozen, add in some fruit… There are just so many ways you can make it your own without sacrificing taste.
Right now, strawberries are in high season. They’re ripe, sweet, and guess what? That sweetness complements the earthy agave flavors in tequila.
If your idea of a frozen Strawberry Margarita makes you think electric pink and maybe a headache afterwards, this fresh take, whipped up frozen for those hot, summer months, is a refreshing change.
While muddled strawberries would work for an on the rocks margarita, frozen strawberry slices give an intense, strawberry flavor, and super smooth frozen version. This recipe is for 4 drinks, but it will easily scale up or down depending on how many you desire.
What’s in a Strawberry Margarita?
A Frozen Strawberry Margarita builds on the classic margarita with blanco/silver (unaged) tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and Cointreau—but with the addition of fresh, frozen strawberries.
The addition of strawberries in this frozen version of a margarita adds a bright, zingy punch to what could otherwise be a flat blended beverage.
You might notice that the sugar content in this recipe may be slightly higher than you would see in a margarita on the rocks, and that is due to a frozen drink’s tendency to slightly dull flavors.
However, using fresh, frozen strawberries enhances that higher sugar content with a flavorful freshness that is anything but dull. It’s early summer in cup!
Tips and Tricks on Making the Perfect Frozen Strawberry Margarita
Yes, all the ingredients go into the blender, but here’s some helpful tips from what tequila to buy, to how to choose the right kind of strawberries.
- Use a blanco, or unaged, tequila for making this drink. A reposado or añejo’s nuanced flavors will get lost in this frozen drink and might clash with the strawberry flavor. My go-to tequila for making this—and lots of other mixed tequila cocktails—is Cazadores. It’s a nation-wide brand at a solid price point. If you need more info on the best tequilas to buy, use, and when, check out our guide to tequila.
- Freeze everything! With frozen drink season knocking on my door, I’ve been stocking up on portioned out ounces of lime juice, simple syrup, and fruit purees. Keeping as many ingredients frozen as possible means less ice watering down your drink, too.
- Use sliced or diced frozen berries rather than whole (your blender will thank you).
How to Freeze and Fresh Strawberries
Frozen strawberries mostly come whole at the supermarket but have the potential to wreak havoc on your blender, seizing up the blades—even more so if it’s not high-powered.
If you can, get sliced or diced, and, if that’s not an option, I’d suggest buying fresh, slicing, and then freezing yourself. If you’re in the market for a new blender, here are a few options to consider.
To freeze fresh strawberries start with well-washed, hulled (meaning the center stem and leaves are removed) strawberries. Slice them at least a 1/4-inch thick. Lay them on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer. Freeze until frozen solid, and then transfer them to an airtight, freezer-safe, container. They’ll last up to 6 months in the freezer.
Don’t have a high-powered blender or something powerful enough to blend up frozen strawberries? Use a food processor.
My bar blender is almost 20 years old and is not blending things as smoothly as I’d like, so I’ve turned to my food processor, which produces a silky smooth frozen margarita every time. If using a food processor, you may need to halve this recipe so it doesn’t overflow.
Make Ahead Strawberry Margaritas
If I were batching this cocktail for a party, I’d blend all the ingredients, minus the ice, and store in a container in the freezer the night before. You can easily double or triple the recipe this way so you can refill drinks all night long.
The day of, dump it all into a blender with some ice (you’ll need less than you would making it with room temperature ingredients) and whiz it up.
Don’t try and skip the ice though! You’ll need some water content to balance out the drink to take the place of ice that is shaken or stirred in a non-frozen cocktail. Otherwise, you’d end up with a much more potent cocktail.
Strawberry Margarita Garnish and Glass Options
Keep it simple! A singular sliced fresh strawberry on top is a signal to guests about what’s inside the cocktail (although its vivid red color might be a giveaway).
If you’d like to get a little fancy with rimming your glass, grind together coarse salt with dehydrated strawberries. It adds a little extra color and aroma to the cocktail and glass.
And speaking of the glass, I prefer a double rocks glass for this cocktail. If you have a fun margarita glass you want to use, go for it!
Frozen Strawberry Margaritas
PREP TIME15 mins
TOTAL TIME15 mins
For ease of blending, use frozen sliced or diced strawberries, or freeze your own strawberries rather than whole frozen berries. If freezing your own fresh strawberries, first wash, hull, and slice them. Lay the strawberries in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight. At this point you can also freeze portioned-out lime juice and simple syrup in an ice cube tray.
- 8 ounces blanco tequila
- 3 ounces Cointreau
- 4 ounces lime juice
- 4 ounces simple syrup
- 2 cups frozen strawberry slices
- 1 cup ice
- Coarse salt, for rimming, optional
- Sliced strawberries, for garnish
- Combine ingredients in a blender:Into a blender add, tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, simple syrup, frozen strawberries, and ice. Process until smooth for about 30 seconds. For a more slushy-type cocktail, use between 1/4 to 1/3 cup of ice.
- Rim glasses with salt:Pour salt onto a plate slightly larger than your glasses. Take a lime slice and rub it around the rim of the glasses and lightly press or roll the glasses at an angle to coat with salt.
- Serve cocktails:Pour the frozen cocktail equally between the glasses, garnish with a strawberry slice, and enjoy!
Frozen Strawberry Margarita
Make a cool, refreshing Frozen Strawberry Margarita in just minutes using only fresh ingredients and your kitchen blender. This recipe blends fresh strawberries and lime juice with tequila, triple sec and lots of ice to create a thick and delicious boozy frozen cocktail.
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A classic frozen margarita is turned into one flavored with fresh or frozen strawberries, tequila, and freshly squeezed lime juice— with subtle hints of orange-flavored triple sec.
Blended strawberry margaritas make a delicious, refreshing frozen cocktail. They are wonderful to enjoy when you’re in need of a cool down during the hot spring and summer months.
This recipe does not use margarita mix nor simple syrup. Only fresh ingredients are used here to create an absolutely delicious, smooth and slushy frozen cocktail.
This blended strawberry margarita recipe uses:
- Silver tequila
- Triple sec (specifically Cointreau)
- Fresh lime juice
- Fresh strawberry
It does not use a margarita mix nor simple syrup. Granulated sugar is only used to line the rim of the glass and not the drink itself, keeping it natural and fresh.
Yield: 2 large margaritas, plus more for topping off
It makes two 14 ounce margaritas, plus a little extra. Only 4 ounces of each is alcohol, though, and the rest is made of ice and strawberry.
Proof: ~30% ABV
This is a strong cocktail. But it’s absolutely delicious! With 80-proof tequila, plus triple sec and other mix-ins like fruit, ice, and water, classic frozen margaritas can have a proof between 15 and 35.
Proof varies greatly depending on your choice of triple sec and tequila, along with how many cups of ice and strawberries you mix in. Those made with a margarita mix typically have less alcohol volume. And since this one isn’t, it’s pretty strong!
Can I Make Frozen Strawberry Margaritas without Triple Sec?
Yes, you can! Replace the Cointreau (or other triple sec variety) with an orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier.
This recipe goes with the 2-1-1 ratio.
2 parts tequila
1 part triple sec
1 part lime juice
If you want to make a shaken (on the rocks) margarita rather than a frozen one, you would simply add the ingredients using this ratio to your cocktail shaker and shake. Then pour into a cup of ice, preferably in a salt rimmed glass.
The difference between the frozen margarita and one on the rocks is simply a cup of ice (and fruit if you’re making a fruit-flavored one).
Making a frozen strawberry margarita in a blender is simple. Add all of your ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth and slushy.
I use my Instant Pot Ace Nova Cooking Blender for all of my blended drinks, including smoothies, frappuccinos, and frozen hot chocolate. The crushed ice and pulse settings both work perfectly to create a smooth and slushy frozen strawberry margarita without chunks of ice or berries.
It takes only a few minutes to put together and since this recipe uses only fresh ingredients, you get a margarita with the best flavor there is.