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Margarita Ice Pops

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Editor's Note: If you've ever sipped a margarita and wished it could have been a lot colder, then this recipe for Margarita Ice Pops is for you! The tart frozen treat for adults is a fun and refreshing twist on the traditional ice pop and will be the perfect item to serve at a game night or backyard barbecue with friends this summer. These ice pops are easy to make, too, and can be mixed and then placed in the freezer the night before the event. You'll love serving something that is both unique and refreshing at your next party.

This frozen margarita is a true classic.

NotesTipAlways use freshly squeezed lemon juice or lime juice in your ice pops; bottled just doesn’t compare.

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timehalf-day

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCocktail Party, Game Day

Recipe CourseBeverage, Dessert

Taste and TextureTart

Type of DishAlcoholic Beverage, Beverage, Dessert, Frozen Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups water 325 mL
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar 60 mL
  • 2 strips (each ½ by 2 inches/1 by 5 cm) lime zest 
  • Pinch salt 
  • 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice 150 mL
  • 3 tbsp gold or white tequila 45 mL
  • 1½ tbsp orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or Triple Sec 22 mL

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar, lime zest and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Pour into a measuring cup and set aside to cool. Discard lime zest. Stir in lime juice, tequila and liqueur.

  2. Pour into molds and freeze until slushy, then insert sticks and freeze until solid, for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight. If you are using an ice pop kit, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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