Any Margarita Lovers out there?
I don't know about you but there is just something about a margarita that lifts my spirits. EVERY TIME. I like margaritas in all shapes and sizes. Traditional margaritas, fruit-flavored, spicy cucumber margaritas but in the summer there is nothing better than a batch of frozen whole lime margaritas. It is cold and refreshing yet it will make your lips pucker.
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You can absolutely make a great margarita with just lime juice but I prefer making them with whole limes peeled. The great part about making them in the blender is that you can blend down the whole lime and get all the flavor out of them plus you can make them in big batches to serve up for your friends.
Peel the limes, add Tequila and Triple Sec (or Cointreau) and a little bit of simple syrup and a whole lot of ice, and blend away.
Now, the real secret to the perfect frozen margarita is the blender - you really do need a high-powered blender to ensure that it can break down the ice consistently. My go-to is the Vitamix Pro 750 but there are lots of good blenders (across price ranges) that have sufficient power to make the margarita of your dream. The Vitamix is so popular that you often Vitamix specific recipe searches- Try it for yourself. Search for Vitamix Margaritas on google.
Besides a high-powered blender, I also recommend adding your liquids and limes first and the topping with ice to help the blend get started. Also, don't be afraid to use your tamper to help push the ingredients into the blades.
If you don't have simple syrup handy then try this easy trick that will do in a pinch. Add equal parts water and white granulated sugar in a mason jar, screw on the lid and shake away. Shake, shake, shake until the sugar dissolves. This is way easier than going down the boiling recipe path. If you have a bit more time you can do this in the blender on the heat setting and then allow it to cool. Or, you can easily find simple syrup in most grocery stores or on amazon.
I have always been a sucker for a glass rimmed in sugar or salt. I'm currently enjoying this Margarita Lime Salt. It makes my lips pucker just the way I like it. I also enjoy flavored sugars - try one of these ideas from Wide Open Eats.
Cheers to you!
Some recipe ideas to pair with your Frozen Whole Lime Margaritas
So now that you have your margarita in hand, what do you pair with it? For me, it's Chips + Salsa + Guacamole!
My current favorite salsa is this restaurant-style salsa made with fresh cilantro - so easy to make and customizable to your preferred level of heat.