Raspberry Margarita Slushy Cocktail

This happened. I tried to make a popsicle but failed and it was a good one; this Raspberry Margarita Slushy might even be better!

Raspberry Margarita Slushie

I’ve been making so many cocktails using the fresh fruits of summer I’ve sort of forgotten my ‘Classic Cocktail’ series that everyone loves which usually includes a history of the drink. I promise to do another of those soon but in the meantime, this Raspberry Margarita Slushy Cocktail happened.

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Considering the heat of the summer we’ve all been dealing with across the country; I thought everyone would love something a bit lighter and certainly a lot colder.

How cold? Well, you can’t get much colder than a popsicle, right? There was no great plan in the works for weeks to make these for summer, as a matter of fact I was just tired of the heat.

I’m going to do several cold, slushy or frozen treats this month whether for ice cream or in a fun cocktail fashion. I had just ordered some new popsicle molds and in a weird way the anticipation of those being delivered made it impossible for me to wait!

After the dust settled for the fourth of July this past Wednesday evening I took stock of some juices in the fridge and some fruits in the freezer and came up with a plan for a slightly boozy popsicle. When fresh fruit is at it’s peak, I just love finding a way to use it for the treats I make in the kitchen.

Hold on…where’s the beef…or in this case, the popsicle?

I thought I was being conservative but in truth it’s evident I pushed the envelope (or tequila) just a bit too far. Too much alcohol and things won’t freeze.

That’s good for Limoncello so you can keep it ice cold in the freezer and it will never freeze solid, but in the case of these popsicles it meant disaster. The sticks slid out of the frozen part and I don’t doubt the heat didn’t help.

Some might cry (and take their miserable popsicles with them) but maybe high altitude baking has taught me a thing or two about perseverance. Don’t pitch it. Fix it.

Scooped out of the container, sticks removed and piled in a glass rimmed with salt and sugar…oh yeah they’re good! They’re sweet so a fun dessert cocktail but they’re also fresh, they’re pretty and trust me, they go down VERY easy.

Raspberry Margarita Slushie

As for those popsicles, I’ve ordered a book filled with recipes for Mexican Paletas. Paletas are Mexican Popsicles which are either cream or water-based treats and I love the unique flavor combinations; visit some parts of Denver and you can find them being sold from carts on neighborhood streets.

We don’t have that in the burbs and I wanted to make my own; who knows maybe I’ll start my own paleta business (kidding) so look for one of those very soon.

Want to read the last part of the post I wrote before I took them out of the freezer? “Don’t be tempted to up the booze ante though; too much and they would never freeze. Uh oh. 

Granted a Raspberry Margarita Popsicle would have been fun but the reboot worked just as well. These are light and refreshingly cold and sometimes that’s all we need. A classic case though of how I should have taken my own advice!

Still, no worries; my next door neighbors have been called and I’m sure they will not refuse this frosty treat in a glass…neither should you! Can’t you almost taste how sweet, tart and cold it is?

If you love this cocktail, then you mustn’t miss my other favorite, the Brandy Slush Cocktail. It’s great for a party and it makes a LOT of frozen mixture that’s at the ready for both you and guests!

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Raspberry Margarita Slushie

Raspberry Margarita Slushy Cocktail

Creative Culinary
Both pretty and cold; the Raspberry Margarita Slushie Cocktail is a great summertime treat.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Tequila
Cuisine American
Servings 2 -3 dessert cocktails
Calories 284 kcal


  • 1 & 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 & 1/2 cups fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ¾ cup raspberries fresh or frozen; if fresh, add sugar to sweeten
  • 5 Tbsp Tequila
  • 5 Tbsp Orange Liqueur
  • Kosher salt for garnish
  • Sugar for garnish


  • Combine sugar and water in saucepan and heat just until sugar has dissolved. Remove pan from heat
  • Add lime juice, lemon and orange juices and stir; cool to room temperature.
  • Put raspberries into blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Taste and add sugar if necessary if using fresh berries.
  • Add juice mixture, tequila and orange liqueur and process just to blend. Strain through mesh strainer to remove any raspberry solids.
  • Pour into a container and freeze overnight.
  • Rim a glass with a salt and sugar combination and scoop the slush into the glass. Add a straw and have fun!


Freeze overnight for best results.


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    1. They were fun but I’m sort of obsessed with getting the popsicle thing right. There WILL be a boozy popsicle or two this summer. Just not quite so boozy as this slush!

  1. Hey, I got enticed by all your Superb recipes and here you get another feather in your hat ! I cant wait to try my hands on it. It is looking so good with all the lovely pictures and write up as well. Have a wonderful week ahead. Enjoy. Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

  2. Thanks for sharing the photos of the slushy popsicle– I am glad it’s not only my kitchen where things don’t always turn out as planned! That being said, I think I like the look of your margarita slushy even better than a popsicle– what a happy ending!

    1. I let my readers know when I have issues; it’s only fair right? My worst and funniest was my first effort to make angel food cake. I mean so bad I pitched it and made brownies instead! I’m going to try that cake again but if there was ever anything that required altitude changes; that baby is it.

    1. Seems I have a trifecta in summer. Tequila, rum and vodka. This was perfect. I have enough for one more in the freezer; I’m determined to wait until at least past noon. 🙂

    1. That is the perfect description. I’ve learned my lesson and next time I’ll cut back on the tequila…just not too much!

    1. They were perfect…you almost have to think meant to be. And I have ONE left. All mine. 🙂

  3. Aw, who needs a popsicle anyway? Slushies are much better especially when they have a high tequila content. I love paletas. My favorite is creamy coconut. Mmmm, I’m hungry just thinking about them.

    1. That is sure the tradeoff…can’t put enough booze in them to matter…so slushy it is. But…I am thinking of a pina colada paleta. Yep!

  4. Ha! I saw you posted a pic of these the other day and I thought to myself that you should eat them out of a bowl. I suppose great minds think alike. Sometimes mistakes ended up being spectacular! Have a great weekend.

    1. Not the first time we’ve been on the same page is it? Yes, great minds at work. I sure wasn’t going to pitch them and I had some willing helpers too…it was perfect.

      You too Kelley…thanks for stopping by.

  5. Too much booze? Nevah! And I so much prefer a good slushy than a popsicle any day. These look and sound fabulous, delicious and refreshing. Since making my first boozy granita, I can’t think of any way I would rather spend the summer!

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