Margarita Ice Cream

Margarita Ice Cream…. doesn’t that sound heavenly?  It is so easy to make and best of all, you don’t need an ice cream maker.

margarita ice cream

Step 1:

Whisk together lime juice, tequila and triple sec.  Fresh lime juice is best, but if you don’t have fresh limes, you can always use bottled.  If I have to use bottled, I prefer to use Nellies & Joe’s Key West Key Lime Juice.  It is easily found in most stores across the country.

margarita ice cream

margarita mix

Step 2:

Add powdered sugar.  You will want to use powdered sugar instead of granulated because the mixture will not be heated and the granulated sugar will not dissolve.  It will keep your ice cream from being smooth and creamy.

margarita ice cream

Step 3:

Add heavy cream.  I use heavy cream instead of whipping cream.  I find if I use whipping cream, it gives the the ice cream a less than creamy texture.

margarita ice cream

Step 4:

Once all combined you and do one of two things.  First, pour into a freezer safe container and let it set up, usually overnight.  Or, second, if you have an ice cream maker, let it churn to soft set and then put into the freezer.  This will let the ice cream be ready in a few hours.

I had read that this mixture wouldn’t set up very firm because of the alcohol, well I have to say mine set up very well.  After running in the ice cream maker, I had froze it over night.  I had to let it thaw before serving, but the taste was phenomenal.  The alcohol doesn’t “freeze” away, so be careful in serving to kids… better yet, have them enjoy a bowl of chocolate from the freezer!

margarita ice cream

I used my ice cream maker to soft set the mixture and then finished in the freezer.


1/2 cup lime juice

2 tablespoons tequila

3 tablespoons triple sec

1 1/4 cups powdered sugar

2 cups (one pint) heavy cream


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