Pat’s rockin Margarita recipe

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Pat is my cousin and taught me this super tasty margarita recipe many years ago. Its quite delicious and great on a hot day, or any day! Even better, it is really, really easy.


  • One 12 oz can of Minute Maid Premium frozen Limeade. This is the secret ingredient. I’ve tried other mixes, but none comes close to this one. The liquor store margarita mixes are all crap.
  • Your favorite Tequila. Note, I use Sauza Gold, a good quality tequila, but not too expensive. Jose Cuervo Especial makes knock your socks off ‘ritas.
  • Your favorite triple sec – I use cheap stuff.
  • For “top shelf” style ‘ritas have Grand Marnier and/or Cointreau on hand. Note, Cointreau is a triple sec, but its stronger than the cheap stuff, and way more expensive.
  • A blender with at least a 48oz capacity, 60 oz is even better.


  1. Dump the limeade into the blender. Note, do not poke a hole in the bottom of the can to blow the frozen limeade out of the can – you need the can.  Be sure to put the limeade in the blender before the ice – it mixes better that way.
  2. Fill the blender full of ice. Full as in “to the top”. Try to put the cover on – if you have to jam the cover on then you have too much ice.
  3. Fill the can about 2/3 full of tequila. You can use more tequila for a stronger drink, or less to taste.  If there is any remaining limeade, use this opportunity to stir it up into the tequila. Dump the tequila into the blender.
  4. Fill the can about 1/4 full of triple sec. More for a sweeter mix, less for a tarter mix.
  5. Blend until smooth. The results should be pourable, but not soupy. If it’s too thick, then add a little water (or more tequila if it’s time to get blasted). It’s better to start off with a bit less little liquid, rather than too much.


  • Splash a little Cointreau or Grand Marnier on the top of the ‘ritas after you pour them.
  • I’ve not tried this, but a buddy of mind blends in an orange (without the peel).
  • A note on blenders – crushing ice will kill cheap blenders. I’ve killed several of them. Same for the blades – crushing ice will bend cheap blades.  Get a good blender.
  • If the mix is too soupy, then pour out about ½ the stuff into a large container and re-fill with ice and re-crush. Then mix it all together.

Written by foredecker

December 5, 2009 at 11:12 pm

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