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5 Fun Cocktails Made With Agave Spirits

Mezcal Negroni cocktail

Tequila and mezcal are already the base for so many of our favorite cocktails. How can you get any more fun than that? Well, by turning a simple sipping cocktail recipe into a phenomenal frozen treat, for starters—with nothing but a blender and a little creativity. 

These classic tequila cocktails and mezcal slushies are drinks best served cold.

So pull out your blender, stock up your freezer with our hard freeze pops, and let’s get to mixing—the good times are sure to follow closely behind. 

#1 Frozen Hawaiian Margarita

Whether you’re on the beach in Maui soaking up the sun or in your kitchen in Mississippi just looking for a little fun, this tropical treat is sure to delight. You don’t even have to get off your couch to feel transported by this beverage—well, aside from those brief moments of prep in the kitchen.

This one-serving recipe is quick and easy:1

  1.  Combine the primary ingredients in a blender until smooth:
  1. Pour the thick frozen beverage into a chilled margarita glass.
  2. Adorn with a whole strawberry or pineapple wedge—or both! 

While you really can’t go wrong with a margarita of any kind, our frozen margarita take on such a classic drink is a great way to switch things up. The fruity flavors of the strawberry and pineapple combine to create a uniquely tasty treat.

Frozen margrita

#2 Blueberry-Thyme Tequila Smash

For a slightly more sophisticated approach to flavor mixing, this fruit-and-herb crossover will tickle your tastebuds in ways you weren’t expecting. Straight off the seasonal menu at the hip local bar, you’ll be able to impress friends and family with this elevated frozen cocktail.

This recipe yields four drinks, making it even easier to spread the good cheer around:2

  1. Combine these ingredients in a saucepan and boil them on high:
  • 1 package of blueberries (about 6 ounces)
  • ¾ cup of water
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  1. After it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a medium-low for about 10 minutes. Let it simmer until the sugar has dissolved and the berries begin to explode. Crush any still-intact berries.
  2. Remove the thyme sprigs and wait until the syrup has cooled to room temperature. 
  3. In a blender, combine the following ingredients:
  1. Pour the frozen drink into the four glasses. 
  2. Garnish with any leftover thyme sprigs, blueberries, and lemon wedges.

#3 Frozen Mezcal Paloma

Up next, we have a round of simple mezcal cocktails to compliment a still-underrated agave spirit. The frozen Mezcal Paloma is sweet but subtle, understatedly bright, and perfect for any Margarita-lover looking for a new beau.

This two-serving treat can easily be doubled or tripled for a party-size pint or shared between two during a laidback evening:3

  1. In a releasable container, like a Tupperware or water bottle, combine and shake the following ingredients:
  1. Once the honey and salt are fully dissolved, put the container in the freezer for anywhere between four and 10 hours.
  2. Later, combine this mixture with ice and blend until completely uniform. 
  3. Pour into two (or more!) glasses.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge, or serve as is.

While this concoction takes a bit longer and requires you to plan ahead, the wait will be well worth it when you’re sipping your Mezcal Paloma in all its ice-cold glory. Though if you simply can’t hold out that long, you can opt to skip the first step and throw the entire ingredient list straight into the blender. 

#4 Tequila Sunrise Slushie

What’s more beautiful than a sunrise on a tropical island? An easy-to-make drink that instantly transports you to that spot, without the airfare, hotel booking, or 5:00 a.m. wake-up call. 

This fan-favorite tequila cocktail is surprisingly easy to make. Just follow these four steps:4

  1. At high speed, blend these ingredients:
  1. Split the blended beverage into two tall glasses.
  2. Pour one tablespoon of grenadine against the side of each glass. Wait until it sinks gently to the bottom, creating a neat two-toned look.
  3. Top each glass off with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.

#5 Frozen Siesta Cocktail

This drink name is quite the misnomer—in reality, this Siesta will get you ready to fiesta.

Whether you party all night long or call it an early evening, the recipe for our fifth and final type of agave cocktail is quite simple (though not quite simple enough to handle in your sleep5):

  1. Make simple syrup:
  • Mix ⅓ cup of warm water with ⅓ cup of sugar in a small resealable container like a mason jar or Tupperware container.
  • Shake until you’ve dissolved all the sugar.
  • Refrigerate until it’s chilled.
  1. Rim two glasses with fresh lime juice, dip in a plate of kosher salt, then leave them to chill in the freezer.
  2. Later on, combine the base ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, about half a minute:
  1. Retrieve your chilled glasses to pour your frozen beverages into. 
  2. Serve as is or with a lime wedge on top. 

graprefruit juice

SLIQ: The Most Spirited Way to Enjoy Agave Cocktails

Whether or not you have a blender on hand and a long list of ingredients in the house, you can still enjoy delicious frozen cocktails. SLIQ Spirited Ice is the perfect way to celebrate with friends, relax on the weekend, or treat yourself to something special. 

Between classic, strawberry, and mango margarita flavors, there’s something for everyone. We also offer rum freeze pops and frozen vodka pops, if you or your guests crave a different alcoholic beverage.

Sources:

  1. The Spruce Eats. Hawaiian Margarita. https://www.thespruceeats.com/hawaiian-margarita-frozen-759686 
  2. Cuisine At Home. Blueberry-Thyme Tequila Smash. https://www.cuisineathome.com/recipes/drinks/blueberry-thyme-tequila-smash/ 
  3. Serious Eats. Frozen Mezcal Palomas Recipe. https://www.seriouseats.com/frozen-mezcal-paloma-cocktail-slushie-grapefruit-recipe 
  4. The Cookful. Frozen Tequila Sunrise. https://thecookful.com/tequila-sunrise/ 
  5. Simply Recipes. Frozen Siesta Cocktail. https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/frozen_siesta_cocktail/ 
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