Happy Seis de Mayo!
This post represents some of our most spectacular failures and ultimately our triumph. The culmination of dogged perseverance, endless trial and error, and a lot of wasted Tequila.
After perfecting the classic margarita, Nathan and I set out to create the perfect frozen Margarita. We thought that this would be a quick and simple post for a weekend when we were too pressed for time for a full meal posting. Oh how wrong we were… it turns out that maintaining the proper balance of margarita flavors while achieving the texture of a blended frozen beverage is really hard!
Our first attempt we added ice to our regular ingredients but it tasted too watered down. So we added more tequila, lime, and triple sec but then there was too much liquid so we added more ice. Repeat ad infinitum until you have a blender full of slightly lime flavored ice.
Then, there was that time that Nathan had the genius idea (he thought) of adding avocado in order to get that elusive smooth texture. I’ll just be nice to my husband and simply say that it didn’t work and was wrong on so many levels.
For months we’ve had various trays of frozen lime juice taking up space in our freezer ready for the idea that would finally yield success. And then this auspicious Cinco de Mayo weekend we stumbled upon the solution…frozen fruit! The secret to a perfect frozen margarita is NO ICE. Don’t believe all those recipes online that tell you to add ice! The ice will just dilute and water down the flavors. The frozen state of our margarita comes from the addition of frozen fruit (mango and pineapple in our case!) and frozen cubes of fresh squeezed lime juice. The citrus flavors complement the traditional flavors of the margarita without watering it down and when the frozen fruit starts to warm up it won’t dilute the drink!
When Nathan and I tasted our finished product a solid hour of high-fiving and congratulatory sports-esque butt smacks commenced. This Cinco de Mayo will go down in history as the day that Nathan and I learned that hard work and perseverance truly pays off!
Frozen Pineapple Mango Margarita
- 4.5 Ounces Tequila (3 shots)
- 2.25 Ounces Triple Sec (1 1/2 shots)
- 3 Ounces (3 shots) frozen fresh squeezed lime juice (I squeezed the limes the morning of and poured into an ice cube tray)
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
1. Place all ingredients into blender and pulse until frozen fruit is mostly broken up, the blend on medium until smooth.