The deliciously sweet taste of agave nectar. The smooth, smoky flavor of Blue Agave spirits. The familiar, mouthwatering chill of a frozen margarita. Wouldn’t it be great if all of these yummy flavors were available in a single cocktail?
Good news, margarita fans: there is. It’s called an Agave margarita—and it just might be your new favorite way to chill out, drink up, and have a good time.
What is an agave margarita, you ask? Simple: It’s a margarita that uses agave nectar instead of simple syrup. And when you combine it with a couple of SLIQ’s Agave Spirit Frozen Cocktail Pops, you’re not just doubling the fun agave-wise, you’re also putting a chilly spin on a classic cocktail.
What is Agave Nectar?
Agave nectar is a sweet syrup from the agave plant, a succulent that’s native to the driest regions of Mexico. The flavor profile is similar to honey and sweeter than sugar.1
As such, organic agave nectar makes an excellent substitute for a range of common sweeteners. Although it has a sweeter flavor, it doesn’t cause blood sugar levels to spike like regular sugar. In addition to replacing the simple syrup in a margarita, you can also use agave nectar as a substitute for:
- Table sugar
The agave plant resembles the upper part of a pineapple, only it’s much larger. It’s topped with an array of leather leaves that can grow up to eight feet in length.2 The edges and tips of each leaf are usually ribbed with pointed spines, similar to cacti.
How is Agave Nectar Harvested?
Organic agave nectar is harvested in much the same way as other plant syrups, like maple syrup.3
When an agave plant reaches a certain age—usually seven to 10 years—it’s ready to give up its nectar. To get it, the top of the plant is cut off, and the core is emptied. This creates a pool-like enclosure for the nectar to collect until it’s ready to be extracted.
Now that you know a little about this delicious nectar, it’s time to craft your oh-so-delicious agave margarita.
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
Begin by collecting everything you need to make your agave or grapefruit margarita. That means gathering your ingredients and your hardware.
You only need three basic tools to craft your margarita: a cocktail shaker for mixing, a small plate for salting, and a rocks glass for the final product.
Next, find your ingredients. For the cocktail, you’ll need:4
- 2 SLIQ Spirited Ice Agave Classic Margarita Pops
- 2 ounces agave nectar
- 1-ounce fresh lime juice
You’ll also need a lime wedge and a bit of kosher salt for a garnish.
Step 2: Prepare Your Glass
It only takes a few minutes to mix a margarita. But when you’re finished, you’ll want to get to the sipping step ASAP, so make sure your margarita glass is salted and ready to go. That way, nothing is standing between you and your margarita when the time comes.
If you’ve never salted a margarita glass before, don’t worry. Simply grab a lime wedge and run along the full circumference of your serving glass rim. Then, gently roll the rim through the salted plate until it’s well-coated and set it aside.
Step 3: Fill-n-Shake
Grab the cocktail shaker and fill it with the SLIQ pops, agave nectar, and fresh lime juice. Pop on the lid and shake vigorously to blend the ingredients.
For the best blend, we recommend shaking for about 30 seconds, then checking to ensure you’ve achieved the desired consistency. It’s frozen, but it should still be pleasurably sippable.
Step 4: Pour-n-Enjoy
You’ve done about as well as any bartender mixing your margarita. Now it’s time to reap your reward.
Go ahead and grab the salted serving glass you prepared a couple of steps ago. Pour the margarita in, top it with a lime wedge, and find a comfy spot to enjoy your delectable frosty beverage.
SLIQ: Skip the Blender, Go Straight For the Fun
We weren’t lying when we said the steps to making these frozen tequila drinks were easy.
Since we’ve earned your trust, believe us when we tell you that SLIQ’s Agave Spirit Frozen Cocktail Pops are a must-have in any fully-stocked, fun-ready freezer.
You’re never far from a spirited, refreshing frozen drink when you keep SLIQ’s Agave Spirit Frozen Cocktail Pops nearby. Our frozen alcohol ice pops use 100% Blue Agave Spirit, natural flavors, and quality ingredients for a top-shelf experience. And they’re available in three delicious flavors—Classic, Strawberry, and Mango Margarita.
Keep the good times going with SLIQ.
- The Spruce Eats. Using Agave Nectar in Drinks and Cocktails. https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-is-agave-nectar-p2-760283#
- Britannica. Agave. https://www.britannica.com/plant/Agave
- What’s Cooking, America? Agave Nectar. https://whatscookingamerica.net/charlottebradley/agavenectar.htm#
- Noble Pig. Agave Margarita. https://noblepig.com/2020/06/agave-margarita/