Margarita Popsicles

by Shawnda on June 9, 2011

in Ice Cream

Margarita Popsicles

I’ve never been much of a frozen drink girl but I think I’ve been missing out. It’s seventh-circle-of-hell hot outside. We’ve been enjoying lots of frozen cantaloupe and pineapple margaritas recently but we decided to take it one step further: Margarita Popsicles.

They couldn’t be easier! I whipped up a modified batch of our house margarita, poured them into small cups, and then stuck them in the freezer. Simple as that. I wasn’t actually sure that they would freeze but I was pleasantly surprised. The alcohol prevents them from freezing into a solid lime ice cube but they were still solid enough to hold their shape and eat them off the stick.

I couldn’t find “real” popsicle molds that I liked so I used the “throw away” method that I saw Matt Armendariz use in his new cookbook, On a Stick: 3 oz disposable paper cups and wooden ice cream spoons that I found in the Kids’ Crafts section of Michael’s. The little cups keep the popsicles small enough so you don’t end up with a melty mess and the wooden spoons were the perfect length so I didn’t have to cut down full-length popsicle sticks.

Margarita Popsicles

Margarita popsicles - taking the frozen margarita one step further.


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (8-12 small limes, usually)
  • 1/4 cup silver tequila
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 12 3 oz disposable paper cups
  • 12 wooden popsicle sticks or spoons


  1. Heat water and sugar in a small sauce pan until completely dissolved and the water is clear. Let cool.
  2. Pour into a pitcher with lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur.
  3. Pour 2 1/2 ounces (5 Tbsp) of margarita into each cup.
  4. Place cups into a baking dish and put the dish in the freezer.
  5. After about 2 hours, start checking the popsicles. Once they're frozen enough to support the wooden stick, insert a stick into each popsicle, pushing 3/4 of the way into the popsicle.
  6. Let freeze several more hours or until completely frozen (I let them freeze overnight)
  7. To serve, peel the paper cup away from the popsicle, starting at the seam of the cup, and carefully remove the bottom.
  8. Consume immediately.


Yields: 12 popsicles

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 5 hours 30 minutes


{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jen @ June 9, 2011 at 5:31 am

I’m loving all the popcicle recipes I’ve been seeing recently. We’re supposed to hit 97 degrees here in Boston today, one of these would be perfect!


2 Blog is the New Black June 9, 2011 at 5:52 am

I keep seeing popsicle recipes pop up and I LOVE it!


3 Ashley June 9, 2011 at 6:14 am

Those look wondeful!!!


4 Morgan Norris June 9, 2011 at 8:48 am

I JUST did this yesterday! Except with lemonade – and I filled them half with lemonade and froze them, and then dropped in diced peaches and more lemonade and froze the rest. If you clamp your popsicle stick with a clothespin (so that the two are perpendicular), you can rest the clothespin across the rim of the cup so that the popsicle stick dangles down in the center of the cup!


5 Emily Malloy @Cleanliness June 9, 2011 at 8:54 am

This rocks my world!


6 Joanne June 9, 2011 at 11:17 am

I’m pretty sure the only thing better than sitting at the pool and sipping a margarita is sitting by the pool and eating one off a stick!


7 Kate June 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

Yum! These look so tasty and refreshing. What a great idea!


8 Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm

This is exactly what I need today! Love these!


9 Krystal of Mrs. Regueiro's Plate June 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I just looked at this recipe during my lunch while reading my copy of Matt’s fab book. Looks fantastic and the best way to cool down on a hot summer day!!


10 Hezzi-D June 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm

It is 95 degrees here and nasty humid. These look so cool and refreshing. I may make them right now!


11 Lisa @ The Cooking Bride June 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm

My husband and I were drinking margaritas last week and I made the comment that I wondered if it would make a good popsicle. Know I know they would!


12 Tina (My Life as a MRS) June 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm

this is GENIUS!!!!!!!!! I’m thinking frozen mojitos… sangria… oh wow… LOVE IT.


13 Lori @ RecipeGirl June 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm

These are darling. We have Raspberry Popsicles on the agenda for this weekend!


14 natalie (the sweets life) June 10, 2011 at 11:18 am

looooove this idea! must make these soon!! :)


15 Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) June 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I’ve been enjoying many popsicles lately and also heard of using little cups and wooden sticks/spoons. Unfortunately, my freezer sucks and is missing some shelves (oh, the joys of buying foreclosures) so I have to use little attached molds. Hoping to clear out some space soon so I can use cups, as well! These look absolutely fantastic!


16 Sarah June 10, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I’m going to be the most popular person ever with these. I’m even going to pick up more limes to make more so there will be enough for me tonight and everyone else this weekend :)

PS i can’t believe they even froze because they taste like a pretty strong drink! Thank you thankyou!


17 Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) June 11, 2011 at 12:29 am

Oh wow! This looks gorgeous :D


18 Deanna June 12, 2011 at 11:16 am

I cut the alcohol in half just to make sure they would freeze in my old freezer (it has issues sometimes). It worked great! I couldn’t find the cute little sticks like you did so I used regular popsicle sticks instead. Thanks for a great recipe!


19 Jillian June 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm

These look really delish! But I am most intrigued by the frozen cantaloupe and pineapple margaritas you mention at the beginning of this post. Do you have a recipe for these? Thanks!


20 Inma June 24, 2011 at 11:11 am

Wonderful recipe!!!, I was wondering if I can translate it and use it in my blog, of course, mentioning the source??

Thank you


21 Disposable Paper Cups August 6, 2011 at 1:50 am

this might be my favorite post so far.. margaritas popsicles are my poison .


22 Tiffany May 4, 2012 at 10:41 am

These look like heaven!! I haven’t actually seen heaven, but I am pretty sure these would be involved.
Loved them so much I featured them in my Cinco de Mayo Margarita Round Up!!!


23 Katie May 10, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Wow these are so adorable and look so refreshing! I included this on my Cinco De Mayo Recipe Round-Up last week :)


24 Dawn Seleskie May 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Cannot wait to try these this weekend for our girls theme dinner party…”on a stick” and I drew ‘drink’ and was very nervous about how this was gonna go!! I am in!!


25 Shannon November 26, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Great recipe, I stick little thin sliced limes on top as a cute garnish and also stick the sticks through to make them stay up straight and in the middle!


26 Amanda March 18, 2015 at 10:35 am

Can you use golden tequila??


27 Shawnda March 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm



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