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2 Ways To Serve a Margarita

There are many ways to enjoy a margarita, but did you know that there are actually two ways to serve this classic cocktail? Whether you like your margaritas frozen or on the rocks, we've got you covered with our guide on how to make the perfect drink. Keep reading to learn more!
A margarita is an alcoholic beverage made from tequila, triple sec, lime or lemon juice and a little sugar or agave syrup. This cocktail originated in Mexico around the 1940s and has been popular ever since! It's light and refreshing, which makes it the perfect summertime drink.
This drink can be served either frozen or on the rocks. It's up to you which way you prefer!

On The Rocks

This is the most popular way to serve a margarita. Suitable for both casual and formal occasions, this is a great way to enjoy the drink's zesty flavor. Moreover, the tequila in the margarita is stronger when served on the rocks.
This is the classic way to make a margarita, which means it's served over a glass filled with ice cubes. To make this version of the drink, you'll need to combine:
  • 1 ½ ounce of tequila
  • ¾ ounce of triple sec
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice in a shaker with ice
Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds before straining it over the rocks. You can garnish it with a lime wedge or salt around the rim of the glass.
On the rocks should be served quickly because it dilutes easily and the ice melts quickly. Enjoy your cocktail while it's still cold.

Frozen Margaritas

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While on the rocks is a classic, frozen margaritas are a great way to cool down on a hot summer day. It's also an easy way to make large batches of drinks for parties if you have a blender handy.
It's sweet, creamy and can be topped with all kinds of garnishes to add some extra taste. Frozen margaritas are also easier to make than on-the-rocks versions of the drink.
When making a frozen margarita, the ingredients remain the same as when making them on the rocks. However, they are blended together with ice instead of being shaken. Here are what you'll need:
  • 1½ ounces of tequila
  • ¾ ounce of triple sec
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • ¼ cup of sugar or agave syrup
  • 1 cup of ice cubes
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend for about 20 seconds until you get a thick, slushy drink. Pour it into a glass and garnish with a lime wedge or salt around the rim.
Frozen margaritas tend to be sweeter, so adjust the amount of sugar or agave syrup to your preference.

Frozen Versus On The Rocks

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Alcohol Content

The main difference between the two types of margaritas is the alcohol content. On-the-rocks margaritas contain more tequila, whereas frozen margaritas have less. This is because when you blend frozen drinks with ice, it weakens the alcohol content, resulting in a drink that has less kick.
In addition to that, the sweetness in frozen margaritas often masks the taste of tequila, making it easier to drink quickly and resulting in a higher risk of overconsumption. With this in mind, it's important to keep track of how much alcohol you are consuming.


When making a margarita on the rocks, you can either leave it plain or add a lime wedge as a garnish. On the other hand, frozen margaritas are usually topped with whipped cream and fruits like strawberries, mangos and pineapples. This is also a great way to make your drink look more appealing.


On-the-rocks margaritas are typically more tart and acidic, due to the lime juice in them. The tequila flavor is also stronger when served on the rocks because it's not diminished by ice.
Frozen margaritas have a sweeter, creamier taste because of the sugar or agave syrup added to them. Its alcoholic taste is also less pronounced because of the ice, which helps to mask its taste.
Margaritas are a great way to kick off any celebration. Have fun experimenting and don't forget to enjoy your margarita responsibly. You can also opt to buy pre-made margaritas for convenience if you're hosting a larger gathering.
Both on the rocks and frozen provide two great options for making the perfect margarita. It will just depend on your tastes and the occasion. No matter which way you choose to make your margarita, we hope you enjoy it.
However, it's important to note that these drinks are quite strong, so be sure to drink them accordingly. Now grab some limes and get ready to make the perfect margarita! Cheers!