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There’s nothing more refreshing than these Margarita popsicles. Full of the classic cocktail flavors that you love, like tequila and lime juice, but in a cold iced pop.
The best boozy treat ever, frozen Margarita popsicles serve up the tangy flavor of your favorite cocktail in a tasty new way. So easy to throw together, these alcoholic popsicles feature a combination of lime and tequila that will please your taste buds.
Insanely delicious, these tequila lime margarita popsicles are great for parties and summer gatherings when you want to serve something cold and refreshing.
With just a handful of ingredients, the hardest part about making this citrusy ice pops recipe is waiting for the popsicles to freeze.
If you’re planning a party it’s easy to make a big batch of these ahead of time and keep them in the freezer. Serve these bright and fresh adult popsicles with favorite margarita side dishes like shrimp tacos or tortilla chips and dips.
Margarita Popsicles Ingredients
- Lime juice - use fresh-squeezed lime juice for the best flavor
- Orange juice - pulp-free orange juice
- Tequila - white tequila
- Simple syrup
- Limes - fresh limes
- Dixie cups - 24 ounces Dixie cups or similar
- Popsicle sticks
- Salt - coarse salt
Substitutions And Additions
SIMPLE SYRUP: You can find a bottle of simple syrup at a liquor or grocery store, but you can also make your own. Simply combine equal parts (½ cup each) of granulated sugar and water. Heat these in a small saucepan on medium heat, just until the sugar dissolves, you do not want to boil the simple syrup. Allow the syrup to cool, then store it in the refrigerator in a lidded jar, for up to two weeks.
LIME ZEST: You could even add a bit of freshly grated lime zest to your margarita popsicles as well.
TEQUILA: For a fun twist, try using flavored tequila such as mango, strawberry, or coconut. It adds an extra layer of flavor to the popsicles.
If you prefer a non-alcoholic version, you can substitute the tequila with an equal amount of lime juice or a citrus-flavored soda for a refreshing twist without the alcohol content.
SALT: Instead of using plain salt for the garnish, you can get creative and try different flavored salts, such as chili lime salt or smoked sea salt, to add an extra layer of complexity to the popsicles.
HERBS AND SPICES: Add depth of flavor by incorporating herbs and spices. Sprinkle a pinch of freshly chopped mint, basil, or even a dash of chili powder for a subtle kick.
Remember, when making substitutions, it's essential to consider personal taste preferences. Also, keep in mind that any substitutions may alter the taste and texture of the recipe, so use them at your own discretion.
How to Make Margarita Popsicles
PREPARATION: Make your limes easier to juice by rolling them on the countertop under your palm.
FIRST STEP: In a 4-cup measuring cup with a spout, combine lime juice, orange juice, tequila, and simple syrup. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed.
SECOND STEP: Pour the margarita liquid into the small cups, leaving about ¼-inch space at the top of the cup.
Using plastic-lined paper cups will make it easier to remove the popsicle once it’s frozen.
THIRD STEP: Slice limes into rounds. You can get about 3 large rounds from each lime and you want them to be large enough in diameter to fill most of the top of the cup.
FOURTH STEP: Cut a tiny slice in the center of each lime round and insert a popsicle stick.
FIFTH STEP: Place the popsicle stick and lime into each cup, adjusting the position of the lime on the stick so that it rests at the top of the margarita liquid and the popsicle stick stands upright.
SIXTH STEP: Freeze for 8 hours or overnight.
SEVENTH STEP: Loosen the popsicle from the cup by warming the outside of the cup with your hand. This should only take a few seconds. Then gently pull the popsicle free.
Sprinkle the top of the lime with salt and/or dip the bottom of the popsicle into a little bowl of salt. You can also serve the popsicles with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a sprinkle of lime zest for an extra burst of citrus flavor.
Note: This alcoholic margarita popsicle recipe can be doubled or tripled to make a big batch of these treats to serve at your parties.
Frequently Asked Questions
Could I use popsicle molds for this recipe?
These boozy margarita popsicles are just as delicious when made in popsicle molds as they are in Dixie cups. Ideally, if you can use round molds so that you can still add the lime round, that would be a great option.
To prevent the popsicles from sticking to the molds, run the molds under warm water for a few seconds before unmolding. This will help them slide out easily.
Will tequila freeze in these popsicles?
Because the tequila is mixed with both orange juice and lime juice, it will freeze in this margarita popsicle recipe.
How long do margarita pops last in the freezer?
These adult ice pops will keep in the freezer for up to one month as long as you seal them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.
How to Serve These Easy Margarita Pops
Classic Style: Serve the Margarita Popsicles as they are, straight from the freezer. The zesty combination of tequila and lime is perfect for adults wanting a fun way to beat the heat.
Salted Rim Twist: Add a fun twist to your Margarita Popsicles by recreating the famous salted rim found in traditional margaritas. Before serving, sprinkle a pinch of coarse salt, such as kosher or sea salt, on the outer edges of each popsicle. The salt will beautifully complement the citrusy flavors.
Tropical Fiesta: Take your taste buds on a vacation with a tropical-inspired presentation. Serve the Margarita Popsicles alongside a platter of freshly cut exotic fruits like pineapple, mango, and kiwi. The vibrant colors and juicy flavors of the fruits will transport you and your guests to a sunny beach paradise.
Margarita Floats: Elevate your drink game by turning the Margarita Popsicles into delightful floats. Place a popsicle in a tall glass and slowly pour a generous amount of sparkling water or lemon-lime soda over it. Watch as the popsicle slowly melts, infusing your drink with its refreshing flavors.
When to Serve Frozen Margarita Popsicles
Margarita popsicles are a versatile treat that can be enjoyed on various occasions and during different times of the year. Here are some suggestions for when you can serve this frozen adult treat...
Summer Parties: Add a refreshing twist to your summer gatherings, such as backyard barbecues, pool parties, or picnics. The frozen nature of margarita popsicles provides a cool and boozy treat to beat the heat.
Cinco de Mayo Celebrations: Embrace the festive spirit of Cinco de Mayo by serving margarita popsicles. These playful and creative frozen treats allow you to enjoy the flavors of a margarita in a unique form, adding a fun and spirited element to your celebration.
Happy Hour at Home: Elevate your happy hour experience with margarita popsicles. Invite your friends over, unwind, and cool down with these delightful boozy treats. They can serve as a conversation starter and provide a refreshing alternative to traditional cocktails.
Bachelorette Parties or Girls' Night In: Surprise the bride-to-be or enjoy a fun girls' night in with margarita popsicles. These playful treats will make the celebration memorable and refreshing.
How to Store Margarita Popsicles
These boozy margarita popsicles will keep in the freezer for up to 1 week or up to 1 month if stored in an airtight container.
For longer-term storage, once the popsicles are fully frozen, remove them from the molds and individually wrap them in plastic wrap or place them in a resealable freezer bag. This step prevents freezer burn and keeps them fresh for an extended period.
When stored properly in the freezer, Margarita Popsicles can last for up to 1-2 months without compromising their quality.
To enjoy them, simply remove the desired number of popsicles from the freezer and let them thaw for a few minutes at room temperature until they reach your desired consistency.
If you find that the popsicles have become too soft or melted, you can refreeze them by placing them back in the freezer for a short time. However, avoid refreezing them multiple times as it may affect the texture and taste.
These Margarita Popsicles are the ultimate treat for hot summer days or festive celebrations. Whether you're hosting a summer party, attending a Cinco de Mayo celebration, or simply looking for a fun and boozy dessert, these popsicles are sure to impress.
Cheers to enjoying these delightful frozen treats and creating lasting memories with friends and loved ones.
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- ½ cup fresh-squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)
- 1 cup orange juice (pulp-free)
- ½ cup white tequila
- 3 tablespoons simple syrup
- 3 to 4 additional limes (sliced into rounds)
- 24 ounces Dixie cups or similar
- 8 popsicle sticks
- Coarse salt
- In a 4-cup measuring cup with a spout, combine lime juice, orange juice, tequila, and simple syrup. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed.
- Pour the margarita liquid into the small cups, leaving about ¼-inch space at the top of the cup.
- Slice limes into rounds. You can get about 3 large rounds from each lime and you want them to be large enough in diameter to fill most of the top of the cup.
- Cut a tiny slice in the center of each lime round and insert a popsicle stick.
- Place the popsicle stick and lime into each cup, adjusting the position of the lime on the stick so that it rests at the top of the margarita liquid and the popsicle stick stands upright.
- Freeze for 8 hours or overnight.
- Loosen the popsicle from the cup by warming the outside of the cup with your hand. This should only take a few seconds. Then gently pull the popsicle free. Sprinkle the top of the lime with salt and/or dip the bottom of the popsicle into a little bowl of salt.