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Classic Frozen Margarita

Classic Frozen Margarita 2.000

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Spirits Jun 23, 2022

A classic of summer sipping, this frozen margarita recipe follows the template of our Customizable Frozen Cocktail Formula. We recommend chilling all your ingredients and using richer simple syrup to reduce the amount of added water and help keep your slushie slushy. A silver/ blanco tequila is best suited here. You don't need to garnish the glass, but Tajin spice or a chile-lime salt on the rim would be a delicious and colorful addition.

Active time: 15 mins; Total time: 30 mins, plus chilling time

Correction: An earlier version of this recipe, did not include triple sec. This version has been updated.

Make Ahead: The rich simple syrup needs to be prepared about 1 hour before you plan to serve cocktails, and refrigerated.

Storage Notes: The rich simple syrup can be refrigerated for up to 2 months.


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Tested size: 2 servings; makes 20 ounces

  • For the rich simple syrup
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • For the drink
  • 10 ounces ice
  • 3 1/2 ounces silver/blanco tequila
  • 1 1/2 ounces triple sec
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces rich simple syrup

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Make the rich simple syrup: In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar and water and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar has dissolved and the syrup has been boiling for about 30 seconds, remove from the heat and let cool completely. Transfer to a clean bottle, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. You should have scant 2 cups of syrup.

Make the drink: At least 30 minutes before serving drinks, chill your glassware and ingredients – sweetener and juice in the refrigerator; glassware and spirits in the freezer.

Crush your ice in advance, if possible — if you have a refrigerator that makes crushed ice, the smaller pieces will be easier on your blender and your drink will reach proper consistency faster with less melt.

In a blender, combine the ice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice and rich simple syrup and process just until it doesn’t sound “crunchy” anymore and you don’t hear any big chunks of ice hitting the blades. (The “smoothie” setting on more advanced machines works well, but you may not need to let it finish its cycle. Stop the blender as soon as the mixture reaches the right consistency to reduce melting prior to service.)

Remove the glasses from the freezer, divide the mixture between them and serve.

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From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (10 ounces): 244

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 1mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 27g 9%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 25g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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