Creamy Margarita Popsicles

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They always say you should write about what you know.  Well, I know how to put alcohol in anything.
 
Margarita Popsicles (with Tequila)
 
I learned a lot in college.  Because I couldn’t decide on a major for the longest time, I took classes in pretty much every subject out there.  Everything from linguistics to psychology to art have been in my arsenal of “things I know from school”, and my friends can attest to the fact that I remember a lot (maybe too much?) as a result of extreme exam-time cramming (which is surprising, because I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast yesterday.)  Every time I tie some obscure fact into conversation, my friend Wesley teases, “Oh yeah?  Did you take a class on that?”  Yes.  Yes, in fact, I did.
 
Juice those limes!
Honestly, though, some of my favorite things I learned in college were learned outside of the classroom.  I’ll tell you what, knowing how to make Boozy Water Ice (or Italian Ice for you non-South-Jersians) will probably come in handy more often in the future than anything I learned in college math courses.  Yay for calculators!
 
Margarita Popsicles
 
As you probably have guessed already, I also learned how to make cocktail popsicles while I was in college.  Mind you, I have tweaked the recipe a lot since then, and I’ve experimented with different flavors to see what I like best.  The hands-down winner?  Margarita Popsicles.
 
They’re creamy, they’re lime-y, they’re salty, and they’ve got tequila in them.  Who can go wrong on a hot day with a glass of lemonade in one hand (or Strawberry Basil Spiked Lemonade– we don’t judge here) and a Margarita Popsicle in the other?
 
Margarita Popsicles
 
Surprisingly enough, even my boyfriend couldn’t stop raving about them when I made them last time, saying, “You should sell these, Morgan;  you could make a lot of money.  They’re so good!” and telling me about how people would line up around the block for tasty, tequila-filled popsicles.  Maybe so, but I’d rather share the recipe with you, for free.
 
I like to consider myself a philanthropist.  I give the people what they need.  What better way to increase the well-being of humankind than to give them a recipe with tequila in it?
 
I’m just kidding of course, but here’s the recipe anyway. Feel free to experiment by mixing in muddled fruits for, say, a strawberry margarita or a watermelon margarita after you get the basic recipe down. Enjoy!
 
Margarita Popsicles (with Tequila)
 

Creamy Margarita Popsicles
 
These popsicles really taste like popsicles, not just frozen liquid that's almost impossible to enjoy. They're extremely easy to make, and they'll be perfect for your Cinco de Mayo celebration or a warm summer day outside with friends.
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup fresh lime juice (about 8 limes), plus 4 limes for stabilizing the popsicle sticks
  • 1 (14oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup tequila
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice (optional)
  • Kosher salt or margarita salt
You will also need:
Directions
  1. In a pitcher or large cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, water, tequila, and orange juice. It is important to combine the ingredients in a container that has a spout because it will make it much easier to pour the mix into cups.
  2. Line out the Dixie cups on a baking sheet, so it will be easy to transport them to the freezer. Fill each Dixie cup 90% of the way with the tequila mixture.
  3. Slice the limes into ¼ inch thick rounds. Push a craft spoon through the center of each lime round, so that half of the stick pokes out from each side. Top the mixture with the lime sticks. Make sure the lime is resting directly on top of the tequila mixture.
  4. Freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight. When ready to remove the popsicles from the Dixie cups, simply snip a small cut in the rim of each cup and peel them away from the popsicle. Place the popsicles onto a dish with crushed ice to keep them from melting too quickly, Sprinkle the tops generously with kosher salt, and serve.

 
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    • says

      I know; it’s so weird! I thought everyone called it “Water Ice” until I went to college about 45 minutes north of where I lived. They found it hilarious that I called it “Water Ice” because they said that makes no sense. Up there they call it Italian Ice… even Rita’s is “Rita’s Italian Ice”. So strange!

  1. Karen says

    Thank you for the yummy recipe! Hubby approved, both neighbors approved, it’s a keeper and already sharing your recipe and website! OBTW, my store didn’t have 3 oz cups, I bought 5 oz and they’re waxed, so no need to peel the cup off. The popsicle just slips right out easily and we used the cup to set the popsicle down for a second. WORKS great! Tomorrow’s batch will be doubled and I plan to take them to our Dart League for a cool treat.

  2. Erica says

    I loved reading this. Especially when I came to the non-South Jersians part really made me LOL! Great Recipe and I can not wait to try this!

  3. Cindi says

    These sound delightful and I can’t wait to try them!! and I will definetly try muddling some fruit into them too. I’m a big mojito fan so I’ll put that to the test as well. Thanks Morgan!!

  4. says

    @ Mary– It’s my pleasure!

    @ Cindi– I think mojitos will work out fantastically. I’ve been contemplating trying mojito pops out and posting them on here, too! Let me know how that works out for you if you get around to it before I do :)

    @ Tammy– I hope you do!

  5. Jamie says

    I’m going to make these this weekend! Thanks.

    How stiff are these? I realize that’s a relative question but I’d like to make them a tad stronger than a mild drink… Is one equal to one mild margarita?

    • says

      Jamie, these are not very strong at all. Unfortunately, strong margarita popsicles won’t freeze due to the alcohol content. You can certainly experiment with the amount of tequila in them (you should be able to get them to freeze if you add just a bit more) but for the alcohol to completely freeze, they can’t be strong. If you’re trying to get a nice buzz going, I’d serve some extra tequila (or other drinks) along with them.

    • says

      Sue, if your coconut milk is sweetened, it might. I have never tried to substitute with coconut milk, and I don’t recommend it if sweetened condensed milk is an option (unless you won’t be upset in the event that they don’t turn out). However, if sweetened condensed milk is not an option, I’d say it’s worth an experiment. The coconut milk must be sweetened, and you’ll of course have a very different flavor to your popsicles, but it should succeed in giving the creamy texture that the sweetened condensed milk is supposed to give. If you do wind up trying it out, please let me know how they turn out!

  6. erika says

    These were excellent…can’t wait to make them for our annual family beach trip!!! I am new to your site and can’t wait to explore the rest of it!!

  7. Karen says

    MORGAN!!! THAN YOU!!! I made Margarita Bomb Pops and they are even a bigger hit! Fresh Blueberries (instead of the limes), Your Margarita Popsisicle Mix and Fresh Strawberries (instead of the limes). Layered in the 5 oz wax cups. Whaaalah, Margarita Bomb Pops. We are all more than thrilled! Made virgin ones (no tequila) from the grandbabies, and the rest for adults all your recipe with a twist. Layered, worked, and more than yummy, sweet, sour, sweet. Scrumptious!!!! I try other mods once our berries go off “sale”. Thinking Pina’ Colada will be another fabulous twist! OH HELP ME, LOL I’m a popsicle freak! LOVE IT! Thank you soooo much!

    • says

      I’m so happy to hear they turned out so well, Karen! I think they sound great with the strawberries and blueberries. Pina Colada does sound delicious, too; I’ll have to try that soon!

      • Karen says

        Morgan; I bought all the goodies I need for our Pina Colada Popsicles, I’ll be experimenting this weekend. Trying Coconut Cream, Crushed Pineapple and Rum. If there is a problem with the Coconut Cream, Plan “B” is to try 7 oz of Sweetened Condensed milk and 7 oz of Coconut Cream and see if that works and tastes better.

        Had a little giggle that I didn’t make as many Virgin popsicles for the Grandbabies as I did our adult ones. They threw a fit when they saw Grandma and Mommy having our Margarita Bomb pops and there weren’t any left of their special ones. Eeew, they didn’t want an otter pop or store bought popsicles, NOW they want Grandma’s Special Popsicles, LOL. To any of you with little one’s, make sure you make the same amount (if not more) for the little guys and gals without the alcohol or you might see the melt down we saw.

        • says

          Hi Karen. Please let me know how the Pina Colada ones go! I think they’ll be great!
          That story about your grandbabies is hilarious. I can only imagine the pouts and confusion when they realized they couldn’t have Margarita Popsicles; poor things! Good tip for everyone, thanks for sharing.

    • says

      Candace, try cutting up some strawberries a cup or more) and mashing them up well in a bowl with a wooden spoon. Then mix them up with the tequila, water, and orange juice and make sure you really push down on the strawberries to get out all of the juices. Then strain the mixture to remove all of the solids and use the mixture to complete the rest of the recipe. You can also chop up some additional strawberries and add them to the popsicles! I’m not sure exactly how strong the strawberry flavor will be so you might need to experiment a bit, but the method should work! Let me know how it turns out!

  8. Jean Collins says

    Have made these & love them so much I’ve hidden them in my freezer & have one as a treat when I get home from a long hard day at work. NOT SHARING. ….EVER!! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  9. Freedom says

    I made these last night out of sheer boredom for my gf’s. OMG! They wouldn’t even let them finish freezing. I used vodka as I had no tequila on hand at that moment. Well, babeeeey, let me tell you! They couldnt get enough. They were delicious! I’m writing this while waiting for the liquor store to open up this morning! Thanx so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. I know my (tipsy) friends thank you too…

  10. Julia says

    I have a big bottle of margarita mix that I got for another recipe. I wonder if that would work in place of lime juice? It needs to get out of my fridge! My hubby is going to LOVE these!!!!!

  11. Denise says

    Would I be able to just buy lime juice or do I have to squeeze fresh limes? I have carpal tunnel, so squeezing limes is very difficult for me.

  12. michaela c says

    Did anyone else have a hard time keeping these frozen? Mine were melting almost immediately, even after being in the freezer for 1 1/2 days.

    • says

      I’m sorry to hear that, Michaela! I didn’t personally have that problem, but by any chance did you put extra tequila in these? That’s the only cause that I can think of, but if anyone has some other idea please do comment and let us know!

      • michaela c says

        Sure did, haha. I was thinking that was probably why. No one seemed to upset by it, though. On to the Red, White and Boozeberry pops next. Thanks for the great recipes. I’m so glad I found your website!

  13. Suzanne says

    These were so easy and delicious. I made a couple virgin cups for the kids and used a 1/2 tequila for the adults. They were so refreshing by the pool for 4th of July. I will be making these all summer long. Thanks for all your research in college!

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