Authentic margaritas call for lots of fresh lime juice - both expensive and time-consuming. I've found I can shortcut the process by using frozen limeade. And for a festive non-alcoholic drink, combine a 12-ounce can of limeade (thawed) with a 48-ounce bottle of sparkling water.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Working in 2 batches, place 1 quart ice cubes in a blender. Add 1/2 can limeade, 6 ounces tequila and 2 tablespoons Cointreau. Blend at highest speed until drink is almost smooth. Pour into a pitcher and repeat with remaining ingredients. Store in the freezer.

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  • To salt the margarita glasses, pour a single layer of salt on a salad plate. Moisten each glass rim with lime; dip each rim in the salt. Pour margaritas into each glass; garnish with lime. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts

261.9 calories; 0.1 g protein; 38.2 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 1468 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2009
This simple recipe is almost exactly the recipe that i've used for years. Except we add 2 packets of Sweet & Low to tone down the tartness of the limeade. Also, try and use a quality tequila as this will make a huge difference in the taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2009
This simple recipe is almost exactly the recipe that i've used for years. Except we add 2 packets of Sweet & Low to tone down the tartness of the limeade. Also, try and use a quality tequila as this will make a huge difference in the taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2012
Great ratio of ingredients better than the similar recipe with far more ratings...Made a double batch per recipe (substituted Triple Sec for the Cointreau) & stuck it in the freezer on a Wednesday....well these are so GOOD (translated STRONG) that they were barely slushy by Sunday! Everyone loved them neither the limeade nor the triple sec over powered they tasted great & did the trick;-D Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2006
Yummy! And you can change the flavor really easily by adding any Pucker flavor to the drink. Strawberry Watermelon or Island Blue are my favorites! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2011
Very easy and good. These are just the right amount of sweetness. I used Triple Sec instead of Cointreau since the Cointreau is so expensive. They are so simple to whip up for a gathering! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2005
Very good recipe! Make sure you don't put too much ice in the blender at once. I had to remove some in order to get it crushed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2008
These are soooo good! I have made them twice now and each time I've loved them! They're better than any I've had in restaurants. ? I have frozen leftovers of the margaritas in a large plastic containter, too. They freeze well, not hard, but into a slush which can be enjoyed anytime without having to make a new batch! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2006
The perfect margarita. We use regular triple sec and it tastes wonderful. Not as expensive to make as the premade store bought mixes. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2005
Very easy very good. Tastes a lot like the ones at a local Mexican Restaurant to me. Very nice recipe. I will be making these again. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2010
I use a similar recipe. Instead of the cointreau I add a corona. Gives it a little fizz and an extra kick!! A winner EVERY time!! Read More
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