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How To Make Margarita Popsicles for the Best Summer Snack Ever

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There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice-cold popsicle—except maybe an ice-cold Margarita popsicle. Frozen and lickable, the tequila-spiked classic is the ultimate boozy treat to enjoy at the beach, a picnic or simply sitting on your porch during a lazy, warm weather day. But getting alcohol to freeze is a challenge—you need the perfect balance of booze, water, sugar and fat or fiber to get it right. So we employed the help of our friend Justin Harter of Citysticks to help us master these frozen Margarita treats.

“What's interesting about a Margarita in frozen ice pop form is the difference in consistency from the swirly machine slurp we've all grown to love/hate,” Harter says. “Because we're actually pureeing the fruit in the process, it allows for more texture in the mix.”

Before we give you recipes for two fruity variations on the classic frozen Marg, read through these easy steps.

Step 1

Make your simple syrup. Depending on the recipe, you might add fruit to the saucepan while the syrup is cooking, or you might add the fruit later when everything goes in the blender.

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Step 2

Add ingredients to a blender and puree until the mix reaches a smooth consistency.

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Step 3

Add the alcohol and blend again to combine. Always measure your ingredients first so you have a 4:1 ratio of juice to alcohol—this will ensure your pops freeze.

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Step 4

Pour the boozy puree into popsicle molds, and let them freeze overnight. They’ll be ready to enjoy in 24 hours!

Now that you have the basics, it’s time to make the popsicles.

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“For this popsicle, I wanted to showcase how something vegetal can provide a strong base and a more interesting flavor to your run-of-the-mill Margarita,” Harter says. His instincts were right, because this cooling treat is absolute perfection. It’s sweet, vegetal and tart with just the right amount of booze to relax you on a sweltering day. “It's a big punch of flavor in your mouth, which I find exciting.” We agree.

The Essentials

Cucumber
Water
Tequila
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“The hibiscus berry combination is a no-brainer,” Harter says. “Refreshing and tart, blueberries and blackberries are often found in the flavored Margaritas we’re accustomed to drinking. So this recipe was inspired by what works for the masses, but I elevated the experience for us cocktail junkies.” You’ll need two days to make these juicy pops, but we swear the boozy outcome is worth the wait.

The Essentials

Hibiscus Flowers
Berry Mix
Tequila

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