No Cinco de Mayo celebration would be complete without a Margarita. Take your festivities to the next level with this Ultimate Frozen Margarita. It’s made with fresh lime juice, and Grand Marnier rather than the standard Triple Sec. One sip and you’ll be hooked!
As I previously indicated, I used fresh lime juice and Grand Marnier to make this incredible aperitif. In addition, I used gold Tequila, simple syrup, crushed ice, and Kosher salt for the rim of the glass. One can purchase simple syrup, but it’s super easy to make. I make mine by combining equal parts of sugar and water, and brining the mixture to a boil until the sugar has dissolved.
Making the Ultimate Frozen Margarita:
Unlike a lot of Margarita recipes, where you throw the ingredients into the blender, the Ultimate Frozen Margarita takes some time. Specifically, I combined the Tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, and simple syrup, and stuck it in the freezer the night before. Because of the alcohol content, the mixture didn’t freeze, but was super cold the next day when I made the Margaritas. I also stuck the glasses in the freezer so that they would be frosty when I added the Margarita mixture.
I added the Tequila mixture from the freezer and some crushed ice to my blender, and processed it for about 20 seconds until the mixture was smooth and of the perfect consistency. Before pouring it into the glass, I ran a lime around the rim of the glass and dipped it in some Kosher salt.
The Ultimate Frozen Margarita was incredible. It had just the right amount of tartness, and the Grand Marnier definitely pushed it over the top. Now, my Cinco de Mayo celebration is complete. Yum!
Ultimate Frozen Margarita
- ½ cup (4 ounces) Tequila
- ¼ cup (2 ounces) Grand Marnier (See Note 1)
- 5 Tablespoons (2 ½ ounces) fresh lime juice (3 or 4 limes)
- ½ cup (4 ounces) simple syrup (See Note 2)
- 3 cups (12 ounces) crushed ice
- Kosher salt for rim of glass
- At least 8 hours before serving, combine Tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, and simple syrup a container with a top. Seal container and place in freezer for at least 8 hours and up to one week. (See Note 3)
- Rub lime on rim of glasses; coat rim with Kosher salt.
- When ready to serve, add ice and Tequila mixture to blender. Blend on highest setting, until completely smooth. Pour into prepared glasses. Serve immediately. (See Note 4)
- Yield: 3 8-ounce servings.
Chula's Expert Tips
- May use Cointreau or Triple Sec in place of the Grand Marnier.
- To make simple syrup, combine equal parts of granulated sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; heat until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool.
- Because of the alcohol content, the Tequila mixture will not freeze.
- Place glasses in freezer before serving so that they will be frosty.