By Leslie Kelly

Whoops, you've run out of mixers. Don't stress! Grab a couple of fruit juice Popsicles, plop 'em in the blender with some booze and -- boom -- instant cocktail gratification.

Popsicles are an awesome sub for traditional mixers in this cocktail hack. Photo by Leslie Kelly

A friend clued me in on this clever cheat and with the temps in the 90s in Seattle, it seemed like the perfect time to give it a whirl. I bought fruit-based Popsicles, otherwise known as the Old School cool paletas. Looking to balance the sweetness of those frozen pops, I squeezed a quarter of a lime in with two Popsicles in the blender. In went a double shot of tequila, but other clear spirits should work, too. A couple pulses on the blender and I had made my first-ever frozen Margarita. It was almost too easy.

Ran the squeezed lime around the rim of my glass and coated it in a chili salt I'm pretty obsessed with. Tajin is marketed as a seasoning for fruits and veggies. I love it on melon and in Micheladas and on Huevos Rancheros and corn on the cob. It's got a bit of citrus-y bite, and it's not super hot. It also comes in a bottle that has a puzzling and kind of hilarious warning: "This is not a candy." Yeah, and now back to that very grownup Popsicle drink. Mmmm.

Try this cocktail hack, blending Popsicles with tequila for a slushy Margarita. Photo by Leslie Kelly