This frozen virgin margarita recipe will have your guests at your next party asking for seconds!  Make a big batch, as its refreshing taste is perfect for kids, teens, and pregnant ladies.  Learn how to make this simple non alcoholic frozen drink in minutes, complete with make ahead instructions.  This ice cold drink will be fun for the whole family on Cinco De Mayo or a hot summer day.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
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Frozen Virgin Margarita

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Looking for a refreshing frozen drink to serve your family this summer?  You need to try our frozen virgin margarita!  It comes together quickly, can be made ahead, and is a lot of fun to drink.  It’s only 278 calories per serving, so make a big batch for everyone to enjoy.

holding a glass of virgin margarita

How to Select Fresh Limes

  • Look for soft, plump limes with shiny skins.
  • When you lightly rub the skin, it should have a rich citrus aroma.
  • Avoid shriveled limes.

How to Extract the Most Juice from a Lime

  • Start with room temperature limes.
  • Roll the limes on the counter while pressing down on them.
  • Slice the limes in half.  Place on a plate and microwave for 30 seconds or until warm.
  • Use a wooden hand reamer, a plastic or glass juicer, or a metal citrus press to extract the juice.
  • Strain out any pulp or seeds.

people doing a toast with two virgin margaritas

What is better: a frozen margarita or on the rocks?

This comes down to personal preference.   Here are some reasons why we like a frozen margarita better than one on the rocks:

  • It has more texture.
  • It is icy cold.
  • Ice is used as an ingredient.  A frozen margarita has a slushy texture.
  • It’s fun to garnish.  Garnishes stay in place better when a drink is thicker.

two glasses of virgin margarita

Why do you salt the rim of a margarita?

  • Salt reduces the slight bitterness.
  • Salt heightens the taste of the lime.
  • Margarita and sea salt have a more intense salty flavor, so use those.
  • Salt balances out the sweetness.

closeup of a glass of virgin margarita

How do you serve a margarita?

The most popular way to serve a frozen margarita is in a margarita glass, but if you don’t have one, any glass will do.

After the glassware has been selected, the next step is preparing the rim.  Wet the rim of the glass by running a fresh lime wedge around the edge, then twirl the rim in coarse salt.  Get creative by using your own rim garnish by experimenting with different salts, sugar, citrus zest, and fresh herbs.

Finish off the drink with a garnish of a simple lime wheel, or be brave and try other fruits or fresh herbs.

top view of two glasses of virgin margarita

Can I make a frozen virgin margarita ahead?

Yes, you can.  Cover and freeze the margarita mixture for a few hours or a couple of days.  When ready to use, break up the frozen slush with a fork or spoon.  Let it thaw on the counter for 10 to 15 minutes.

While you are waiting, decorate the rim of the glasses with salt and lime zest, and prepare the lime wheel garnish.   Just before serving, add the sparkling water and stir in gently.  Pour into prepared glasses, garnish and enjoy.

How to Make a Frozen Virgin Margarita

Gather all the ingredients.  Zest one lime, and juice 6 limes and 2 lemons.  Wedge another lime and cut another into wheels for the garnish.

ingredients for virgin margarita

Rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass to dampen it.

running a lime wedge around the rim of a margarita glass

Mix the lime zest and the margarita salt in a shallow bowl or plate.

mixing margarita salt and lime zest together

Turn the glass upside down and twirl it in the salt mixture until the rim is coated.  Repeat until all the glasses are done, then set them aside for later.

twirling the rim of a margarita glass in salt and lime zest

Add one can of frozen limeade to the blender pitcher. 

frozen limeade in the blender pitcher

Pour in 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime and lemon juice.

adding lime juice to the margarita pitcher

Pour in 1/4 cup of orange juice.

adding orange juice to the margarita pitcher

Add 1 teaspoon of Angostura orange bitters and a pinch of kosher salt.

adding Angostura orange bitters to the margarita pitcher

Pour in the simple syrup.

adding simple syrup to the margarita pitcher

Add enough crushed ice to make the drink thick and frozen; about 3 to 4 cups.  This first batch should give you roughly 5 cups of margarita mixture.  Pour the margarita in a large pitcher and place in the fridge or freezer.

Repeat the blending process to make the second batch and pour into the pitcher.  Now you should have about 10 cups.  If you want to make this ahead, cover the pitcher and place in the freezer until ready to use a few hours up to a couple of days.

adding crushed ice to the margarita pitcher

Just before serving, pour in 1 cup of sparkling water for 10 cups or 1/2 cup for 5 cups of margarita mixture.

adding sparkling water to the margarita pitcher

Gently stir in the sparkling water and pour into the prepared glasses. 

holding a spoonful of blended margarita drink

Garnish with a lime wheel by making a small cut in the lime and place it on the rim.

putting a slice of lime on the rim of a margarita glass

Enjoy your frozen virgin margarita with family and friends.  It’s sure to hit the spot on a hot day.

Pro Tips for Making a Frozen Virgin Margarita

  • Want to extract more juice from limes? Cut the limes in half and microwave them for 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Don’t use the bottled lemon and lime juice.  Take the time to freshly squeeze the limes and lemons.
  • Want a full flavored drink? For saltiness, add margarita salt.  For sweet, add simple syrup.  For sour, add lime and lemon juice. For bitter, add lime zest. For umami, add kosher salt.
  • Salt the drink early.  To balance out the sweetness and to get a tinge of umami, add a pinch of kosher salt.
  • Don’t add too much ice.  Ice dilutes the other flavors, so be careful not to add too much.
  • Blend just long enough to chop up the ice.
  • Blend all the ingredients before adding the sparkling water.
  • Don’t let the frozen limeade defrost or the drink won’t be as thick.
  • Want a skinny margarita? Swap the simple syrup for agave nectar or agave syrup.
  • Use lime zest on the rim to add a pleasing bitter flavor.
  • Want other rim ideas? Use a sugar, chili powder, citrus zest, or fresh chopped herbs.
  • Want other garnish ideas?  Use a lemon twist, lime wedge, mint sprig, or watermelon cubes on a skewer.
  • Serving this to kids?  Use plastic margarita glasses.

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Frozen Virgin Margarita


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10 cups 1x

Description

This frozen virgin margarita recipe will have your guests at your next party asking for seconds!  Make a big batch, as its refreshing taste is perfect for kids, teens, and pregnant ladies.  Learn how to make this simple non alcoholic frozen drink in minutes, complete with make ahead instructions.  This ice cold drink will be fun for the whole family on Cinco De Mayo or a hot summer day.


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Ingredients

For the Drink (10 cups)

  • 2 12-ounce cans frozen limeade, such as Minute Maid (2 340g tins)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, from 6 limes (118 ml)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 2 jumbo lemons (118 ml)
  • 1/2 cup pulp-free orange juice (118 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons Angostura orange bitters (10 ml)
  • 1 cup simple syrup (236 ml)
  • pinch or two of Kosher salt
  • crushed ice, enough to make it thick and frozen
  • 1 cup sparkling lime mineral water, such as Perrier (236 ml)

For the Rim

  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons margarita salt
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 8 lime wheels from 2 limes

Instructions

  1. Make the simple syrup. Pour 1 cup of water (236 ml) into a small saucepan over medium high heat, then mix in 1 cup of sugar (200g) until it dissolves.  Lower the heat to medium low and let the syrup thicken for about 3-5 minutes.  Pour it into a shallow container and put in the freezer for 10 minutes to speed up the cooling process.
  2. Decorate the rims of the glasses. Wash and dry 9 limes and 2 lemons.  Grate the zest of one lime, then mix it with the margarita salt and spread on a plate.  Wedge the lime and run a wedge around the rim of the glass, then turn the glass upside down and twirl the rim in the salt mixture until coated.  Repeat until all the glasses are done.
  3. Juice the citrus. Roll 6 limes on the counter, applying pressure on them with your hand to soften them and help them yield more juice.  Set aside the other three for garnish.  Cut six of the limes in half, put them on a plate, and microwave on high for 30-60 seconds to warm and soften them, making them much easier to juice.  Juice the limes with a citrus reamer, making sure to remove any pulp and seeds, then juice the lemons.  You should have 1/2 cup of each juice.
  4. Make the margarita.  Blend together half of the ingredients in the blender (except the sparkling water), then blend in enough crushed ice to make the drink thick and frozen.  You should have nearly 5 cups of the margarita.  Pour the first batch into a large pitcher and place in the fridge or freezer, then repeat the blending step to make another 5 cups of margarita.
  5. If you’re making it ahead, stop here.  Put the margarita in the freezer for a few hours or overnight.  Let the mixture thaw for 5-10 minutes, then break it up a bit with a fork or spoon.  Remember to add the 1 cup of sparkling water just before serving.
  6. Add the sparkling water.  Pour 1 cup of sparkling lime water (236 ml) into the pitcher of margarita mixture.  (If you can’t find sparkling lime water, use plain sparkling water with a splash of fresh lime juice.)  Warning: it will fizz a little!  Stir until mixed, then carefully pour the margaritas into the prepared glasses.
  7. Make the drink extra special.  Cut a lime crosswise into wheel-like slices, then make a small slit in each slice so it sits nicely on the rim of the glass.  Set the lime wheel on the rim of the glass, then serve the margarita immediately or place the glasses in the freezer for up to two hours.

Notes

  • The pleasure of a 5-star review for this frozen virgin margarita would be greatly appreciated.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: mocktails, non alcoholic, virgin margarita

4 thoughts on “Frozen Virgin Margarita

  1. Lime is amazing and I really enjoy it. This tastes best if you eat some of the salt off the rim of the glass while drinking it. A great summer treat!

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