The Secret to a Tasty Frozen Whole-Lime Margarita? Using the Peel of the Lime

POPSUGAR Photography | Emily Weaver
POPSUGAR Photography | Emily Weaver

No matter your level of expertise in the kitchen, we all have that one thing we make sure to keep fully stocked. For some, it might be a bag of chips or a bottle of wine, but for me, it's the ingredients to make a margarita. And not just any margarita, but a frozen full-lime margarita.

We're used to using limes solely for their juice or as a garnish, but what many might not realize is that a lot of the tangy lime flavor is in the peel! A full-lime margarita utilizes all parts of the lime, and the blending process isn't too different from a traditional margarita. All you have to do is squeeze the juice from your limes into a blender, then cut into quarters. Next, add those quartered limes along with tequila, salt, triple sec, sugar, and ice. Blend for a minute, then serve in a salt-rimmed glass, and you've got yourself a refreshing frozen cocktail that uses the whole lime — hence the name!

If you're in the mood for a lip-puckering boozy drink, you can never go wrong with a full-lime margarita. Plus, it can easily be paired with your favorite happy-hour snacks like chips and guacamole. Keep scrolling to see just how easy this recipe is.

POPSUGAR Photography | Emily Weaver

Frozen Whole-Lime Margarita

Prep Time4 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Yield3 servings

Adapted recipe by Emily Weaver


    • Salt for rim
    • 2 limes
    • 4 oz. silver tequila
    • 1 1/2 oz. triple sec
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • Pinch of salt
    • Ice


    1. Cut 1 lime into wedges. Wet rim of glass with a lime wedge, and line with salt. Set remaining wedges aside for garnishing.

    2. In a blender, squeeze the juice of 1 full lime. Then cut lime into quarters and add into blender. Add other ingredients including tequila, triple sec, salt, sugar, and ice.

    3. Blend until incorporated, no more than 90 seconds. We don't want runny margaritas!

    4. Pour into a salt-rimmed glass, and garnish with a lime wedge.