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Texas Chiller Frozen Margaritas

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Summer is always hot in Austin, and the margaritas are always flowing.  When I am out and about, I am a big fan of an ice cold margarita on the rocks with salt. It’s my go to sipper with chips and a taco!  However, when I am home, I love a freshly blended, cold glass of frozen margarita.  I have the perfect recipe and just a warning – it ain’t your skinny margarita.

Next to bourbon cocktails (did you check last month’s recipe?), margaritas are my favorites. Maybe because they’re the perfect balance of tangy and sweet, or maaaaybe because I have a slight affinity for tequila (especially mezcal!). I’m going to blame my stepdad, Jeffrey Batt, for my affinity (or slight addiction) to this perfect poolside drink. He didn’t create it from scratch, but he’s been making this drink at summer family gatherings, low key swim days, or for sipping while cooking his famous salmon for as long as I have known him.  Whatever the occasion, it refreshes and puts a smile on my face.

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To start, I opt for Minute Maid limeaid concentrate (I was not paid to plug them, this is just what Jeff calls for in the recipe). You can find frozen limeade in the freezer aisle at any local supermarket. Next, grab freshly squeezed orange juice, or, if you’re ambitious, buy some oranges and feel free to juice your own. Buy a few limes (depending on how many guests you have), and slice up the lime wedges for guests to garnish their drinks with. It’s a huge time saver, without compensating on quality.  And, if you’re in a decadent mood, buy some margarita salt!

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I’d like to think I’ve perfected this recipe (although, if you ask my stepdad, his is still much better) and is my reigning go-to for our humid Texas evenings. These large-batch margaritas are strong, full of flavor, and always a crowd pleaser. Serve these with a side of salt and limes so your guests can rim their glasses and customize to their liking. Oh! Be careful, they can hit you hard. You’re welcome 🙂

Here’s the recipe for this fresh Texas chiller:

Ingredients:

1 (12-oz.) can frozen Minute Maid limeade concentrate

8-10 ounces orange juice (preferably fresh squeezed)

8-10 ounces silver tequila (I love Casa Dragones)

1 (12-oz.) bottle Mexican Cerveza (such as Corona), chilled

Lime wedges

Coarse Salt (for rimmed glasses)

Preparation:

Place limeade concentrate in the bottom of a blender; pour the OJ into the empty limeade tin about ⅔ full. Next, add about ⅔ tin of tequila as well (the original recipe requires a full tin, but that can be a bit dangerous).  I also like to add ice, but this is optional.  Blend until frozen concentrate looks dispersed and there is a frothiness to the drink.  Then, what I like to do is add the beer (my favorite to add is a Corona – nope, not an ad, just a Jeffrey Batt suggestion).  I find by adding it last it doesn’t overwhelm the drink with bubbles and air.  Blend and then take a lime to wet the edges of your glass and brim with salt for extra flavor before pouring in the frozen concoction. Pour the margaritas in the glass, and enjoy!

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A few more tips for creating the best homemade big-batch margaritas:

  1. Opt for quality tequila. You don’t have to go for top-shelf, but poor quality booze will leave you with a serious hangover and there are plenty of great tequilas out there. I personally love Casa Dragones
  2. I prefer to make this recipe in a blender for “frozen style” margaritas, but you can also make and serve the drink in a large pitcher because the entire batch can easily be mixed and held in a single vessel. But you can also use smaller plastic or glass pitchers. Really, whatever gets the margarita to your lips. 
  3. Make sure all of your ingredients are ice cold (except for the frozen concentrate- you want to let it thaw just a little bit). No one likes a watery margarita! 
  4. For this recipe, I personally love Corona, but if you really want to use another brand of Mexican beer, go for it! 

 

 

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63 Comments

  • Genevieve Online

    Awesome Gen!!

  • Mandi

    Seriously can’t wait to make this. It sounds delicious!!!

  • Mikayla

    Oh my goodness yes! I recently just started drinking margaritas (I was always a whiskey and Coke girl or a cider) so I’ve been wanting to fine new types of margs to try so you can definitely believe I’m gonna give this a try with my roommates!

  • Bernadette

    I love that you include pictures of the process! Thank you so much for sharing ☺️

  • Catherine Varnadoe

    Might have to try this!

  • Shannon Nicole

    I love you and your blog Gen, I’ll have to try it in a few years when I’m old enough. Just a question do you know any vegitarian recipies. I could use some ideas.

  • Michell Price

    Well, I know what I’m making next weekend.

  • Claudette

    Tequila is not my friend! I love them, just not the hangovers:( I’ll have to remember your tip about better tequila. The beer is an interesting addition! Definitely will try!

  • Barnadette Robinson

    Will definitely try it. Looks refreshing!!!!

  • Alyson

    Sounds dee-lish, but Oh So Bad for my waistline.

  • Addie

    Similar to a John Johnson margarita (it’s a family thing), except we also add some Gand Marnier or Tuaca (pick your poison). I use Modelo in mine instead of Corona. A good marg is the only way to beat this Texas heat! Cheers!

  • Joy

    I love this recipe! So quick & easy! This will be perfect for the heat up here in Dallas! I’ll have to give this recipe a shot next girl’s night! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Joy
    http://www.basicallyjoy.com/

  • Amanda

    I love Corona Margiritas. Can’t wait to try this! Thank you..

  • silvana

    AWESOME

  • Star

    I can’t wait to try this!!! I wish I had known about this while I was still at my dad’s so I could have made it there

  • Anita

    I like that you use the frozen limeade can as a measuring cup. Easiest cleanup ever!

  • Izabela

    Can’t wait to try this!

  • Pat

    Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

  • Kells_Bells

    This recipe sounds amazing but we don’t have limeaid concentrate in cans here. What would be a good alternative? Lime cordial or would that be too syrupy? Thanks Gen

    • Kells_Bells

      By here I mean in New Zealand

  • Shir

    I love you so much! This looks so good and omg how are so pretty???

  • Parima

    Sounds delish..must try 😋

  • Raquel Quintanilla

    This drink is the Bomb!!! Thank you Gen for sharing this with us!!
    Lots of love from Houston, Tx

  • Raquel Quintanilla

    This drink is the bomb!!! Thank Gen for sharing this woth is,
    Lots of love from Houston, Tx❤️

  • Shannon McCormick

    Beautiful! This honestly sounds soooo refreshing with all the citrus vibes. I need a glass stat! 😎🍹

  • Brittin

    I’m a HUGE margarita fan but not a fan of beer. Can you taste it in this concoction?

  • Karina

    I will definitely making this margarita! I love margaritas especially with this hot weather… Take you so much for sharing! ❤️

  • nassira

    I’d love to try this out but I don’t really know if you can buy Minute Maid in Germany. Is there anything else to use instead ? ♡

  • Sandra

    Looks really delicious and perfect for summer! I will try soon 😍

  • Marija

    ooh this sounds super interesting, I’ll def have to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    one thing though: when you wrote “Next to bourbon cocktails (did you check last month’s recipe?), margaritas are my favorites.” I thought it’s weird that last month’s recipe is not underlined but nevertheless assumed it’s a link to the recipe and clicked on it repeatedly like an idiot lol
    would be nice for super lazy people like me if you could directly link to it. obviously not needed though – I did manage to find it on my own whoop 😉

  • Stephanie Wheeler

    This sounds delicious! 🤤 Making this soon!

  • Christina

    Great recipe. I live in the colony Texas , perfect for a Texas day! Thank you!

  • Sabrina Travers

    This sounds very yummy! I’ll have to try it soon and I’ll tag you in photos. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Carla Sales

    I cant try it but you are amising how did you get up so amising ideas ?! Thats why im your fan #1 you are an amising women , mom, wife and a lot of things more love you 💕

  • Larissa Marques

    Que incrível, Gen. Será q dá pra fazer sem o álcool? Acho q não, né!?

  • Teresa

    Am gonna give this a go x

  • CAROL

    My best friend makes this and it is the BEST!!!! We e never added OJ before–gonna have to try that next time!

  • Denise McClain

    I’m going to try this today

  • Denise McClain

    I’m going to try this today and let you know how it turned out.

  • Nikole

    Omg this looks really delicious! Definitely gonna try this one out! Thanks, Gen!

  • Paulette

    I am definitely going to try this and will let you know how it turns out. I love margaritas. But, after visiting Mexico in April, I’ve also developed a fondness for Mojitos! Passion fruit Mojitos! They are friggin delicious!

  • Nancy

    Any ideas for cold drinks without alcohol for those of us in recovery?

  • Shannon Hollifield

    I’ll definitely have to try this. Our weather in SC, like TX is hit & humid. A good margarita is my favorite anytime. I share your love of tequila which is a go to spirit.

  • Deborah

    There may be other beers, but Corona really is the only valid choice here. 🍻

    Casa Dragones sounds like the perfect Game of Thrones party tequila. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Your recipe writing is wonderfully refreshing to read through, btw. 💕

  • ShannonNicole

    I love you and your blog, Gen. Just a question do you know any vegitarian recipies? Just curious.

  • Becca

    I loved this recipe. As a Mexican I found it curious that you wrote Mexican cerveza, and am now curious as to why? What is the difference between a cerveza and a beer?
    Anyway, I will certainly try it soon! Except I will use José Cuervo Especial.
    Thank you, Gen!

  • Karen

    I tried this it is delight! Thank you it gets hot in Boston too !

  • Chelle

    I have saved this to Pinterest. I can not wait to try it. You have added 2 of my faves as well (tequila and Corona). So thank you for sharing.

  • jenny

    I just discovered the perfect pina colada.
    Malibu rum with pinapple
    pina colada mix
    fresh pinapples (or you can used canned)
    hagen daz coconut-pinapple ice cream
    fresh lime (optional)
    ice

    eliminate the booze, and it’s still great for those who dont drink, or even the kids!

  • nina

    Thank you. I will definitely try. I also like Mojito. I cook it myself, rarely, of course ..

  • Mikayla Oelschlegel

    Ahh! I’ve recently gotten into drinking margartia’s after always relying on whiskey and coke or some sort of cider. But just plain margartia’s tasted funky to me, so now I am really excited to try these and hopefully I can add another sort of margartia to enjoy!

  • Nicole

    My husband will go nuts over this recipe, he loves those Coronaritas that you can get at Mexican restaurants(maybe those are just a Washington thing though?), but I have never thought to actually just mix the beer in as opposed to having it upside down with a stand, so I have never made them at home. Thanks for sharing, and thanks to your stepdad for the easily affordable ingredient list!

  • Jisel

    Will try tomorrow (Friday), if you have another booze recipe for this hot summer it will be appreciated, (Sumer in a caribbean island can be extremely suffocating & margaritas are always a fave) btw Have you tried blue margaritas? They’re made with Blue Curacao, Contreaux, Tequila and lime Juice, some people (mostly me) add a Corona to it too (And a Corona with lime and salt is always a good option if one does not have the time to prepare a Margarita! 😉 )

  • Natalie Anne

    Got any reccomendations for people who don’t like alcohol? lol. A drink a beginner would like? haha

  • ROMMIE

    Sounds good. I’d personally use sugar not salt on the rim but sounds delicious! Thanks, Gen!!

  • Carolline

    Sounds yummy I’ll have to try it out this weekend.

  • Kristin

    This looks amazing! Must have one immediately…well, February, or whenever the baby comes. Might have to sub some limeade for now!

  • Alison

    Hi Gen, I’d love if you wrote about your favourite books someday! <3

  • Rute

    Will have to share it with my roommate so we can try it out! Looks delicious!

  • Jordy Sirkin

    I’m not a big margarita person, but I may have to give this a try!

  • Charlene Caetano

    ***Vou fazer…parece uma delícia!!!***👏😊

  • Charlene Caetano

    ***Vou fazer algumas substituições porque estou no Brasil***

  • Susana

    This looks so delicious! I’m definitely giving it a try 🙂

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