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This unique twist on the frozen margarita sounds like such a fun idea for Cinco de Mayo or any casual summer get-together! The recipe from Bon Appétite couldn’t be any easier either: you basically take lime flavored ice pops or fruit bars, pour a mixture of tequila and lime juice over them, then lightly dip 1 edge of the pop into kosher salt.

Another approach could be to first mix up your own margaritas then freeze them into pops and dip in salt. Here’s a great recipe for this version from Emeril Lagassi {via Food Network}:

Margarita Popsicles

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons tequila
2 tablespoons orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
Kosher salt, for garnish

Special Equipment:
4 small cups (recommended: Dixie), 4 popsicle sticks

Combine sugar, lime juice, water, lemon juice and orange juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cool transfer to a blender with tequila, orange liqueur, and lime wedge and process until smooth. Pour into the cups and cover the top of each cup with foil. Place the popsicle stick in center of cup (down through foil, which will hold it in place). Freeze until hard, preferably overnight. Remove from freezer and run cup under warm water to loosen popsicle. Garnish with kosher salt and serve. Enjoy!

{top image from Bon Appétite via Epicurious.com}

By |2018-02-12T18:29:50+00:00April 24th, 2008|Cocktails, Sweets|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Kelly April 24, 2008 at 8:22 am

    What a fun idea for summer!

  2. SuzyQ April 24, 2008 at 10:26 am

    OH this is marvelous! My mouth is already watering – I love margaritas and this is a fun way to serve them (and it saves me from having to buy more party cups!)

  3. Lacey W. April 24, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Oh man… it’s only noon and I’m ready for a margarita! It’s not SO bad if it’s in popsicle form… right?

  4. SuzyQ April 24, 2008 at 10:30 am

    I hope you don’t mind that I shared your idea on my blog (let me know if you are opposed and I can remove it) it is just too good of an idea not to pass along to my readers as well. :) But let me know because I didn’t ask first like I should have.

  5. Jenn April 24, 2008 at 11:11 am

    HI SuzyQ –
    I don’t mind at all! I love it when other bloggers find things interesting enough to pass along! :)

  6. SuzyQ April 24, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Great! Thank you! All your posts are great – when I need a good party idea your blog is where I go!

  7. Ashley April 25, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Oh wow! My favorite drink made into a popsicle…sounds pretty fantastic. Thanks for the delicious ideas!

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  9. Kelly April 27, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    what a great idea! I just bought popsicle molds yesterday. This is obviously high on my agenda of things to use them for.

  10. Tracey April 27, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    I wished i had looked sooner- we hosted a Mexican party on Friday that was purchased through our school auction- the Margarita popsicles would have been great! Definitely using them for next year’s party!

  11. Snappy Casual Gifts April 28, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I love the margarita pops. I’m planning a cindo de Mayo party and those would be great for a little something different.

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  13. Marisa May 2, 2008 at 11:20 am

    hmmm…Perfect to enjoy in the hot summer days.

  14. Tommy May 5, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Needs a little more booze.

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  16. Christie @ fig&cherry May 6, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Wow, these are great! What a fantastic idea… You’ve really got my creative juices flowing, I’m thinking pina colada or mojito pops would also be delicious! :)

  17. michelle @ TNS May 7, 2008 at 9:15 am

    this is officially happening at my next barbecue, along with mojito and vodka lemonade. brilliance.

  18. nona me May 7, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    I thought alcohol wouldn’t freeze?

  19. Jenn May 7, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    I actually thought the same thing about alcohol not freezing when I first saw this idea, but I think it still works here because the alcohol is in such small amounts in the Emeril recipe, and for the Bon Apetite version you just pour tequila over already-frozen bars…can’t get much easier than that, right? ;)

  20. Francesca May 8, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    OMG, those look so awesome, I want one right now!! They would also be great on a hot day at the beach with friends or a romantic evening with a significant other ;)

  21. greghousesgf May 9, 2008 at 10:38 am

    i tried to make ice cream with amaretto and kahlua in it and it would not freeze. made a nice grown up slurpee tho.

  22. Antiques May 9, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    those look fantastic.

  23. Stainless Steel Cookware May 10, 2008 at 6:11 am

    Great idea! Just right for those hot summer nights!

  24. boyarul May 13, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    That’s Great !!!
    I like the idea.

  25. rprebel May 15, 2008 at 1:05 am

    I made up a batch of something similar back in the late ’90s…added it to my drink recipe book as ‘Margarita Ice’. The only big difference is I used simple syrup instead of sugar and water. Real simple syrup, none of that bottled stuff, is the magic ingredient in half of all drinks. You just have to make it yourself, and make it right. Anyway, kudos on the Grand Marnier. No margarita is complete without it. Oh, and I used a LOT more alcohol. It still got nice and slushy…about the consistency of a well made frozen margarita you’d get out of a slushee machine at the bar. Only difference…this ain’t watered down. At all. Beware, this drink ended up turning my bathroom wall red (it was strawberry, and one person couldn’t make it to the toilet in time). Deceptively strong.

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    Noooooooooooooo. I can’t believe!!!!

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  29. Ellie June 15, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Wow, these look delicious, I can’t wait to try them! I hope you don’t mind if I share this on my blog, I Stumbled on your site and I am sure you have loads more great ideas!

  30. Aaron June 19, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Nice Blog ;)

  31. luc June 22, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    i love margaritas.. but hey cinco de mayo is not a real celebration here in méxico, its not something to be proud of

  32. Benoy July 12, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Seems simple and elegant and of course should be fun. will give it a try… thanks for the tips…

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  34. Tiffany August 2, 2008 at 12:43 am

    This is phenomenal we are having a luau out for my grandmother in a few weeks and my mom and aunts will absolutely LOVE these. Thanks so much for putting this on Stumble!

  35. Recruiting Services August 21, 2008 at 6:42 am

    These look almost too good to even eat. With summer ending next week I better get a move on with making them =)

  36. Niall Harbison October 22, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    What a great idea! Anything that involes ice, booze and a cool idea gets my vote! Lovely pic!

  37. Cher December 8, 2008 at 7:31 am

    My favorite drink on a stick! Great for 4th of July too!
    I would like to include this on my website if you don’t mind, giving you credit of course.

  38. Sarah February 17, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Oh, I would love to have these on a hot summer day! What a wonderful idea!

  39. Gourmet Mama March 28, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    What a great idea! I`m going to try the simple version next time I have a girls afternoon. We live in Guatemala, so it`s ALWAYS the right temperature for a frozen adult treat. :)

  40. Beverly March 29, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    These look and sound awesome! I will bookmark this recipe for summer use!

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    I gathered together some great El Cinco de Mayo diy ideas and yours made the cut! Thanks for the great inspiration! Check it out at – https://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/must-make-monday-el-cinco-de-mayo-revisited/

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    Oh Wow… I know quite a few people that would love these!!
    Thank you for a great post :)))

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    OH MY, Thanks for posting, I have to make them soon for my husband.


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