Make a pitcher of Frozen Passion Fruit Margaritas to enjoy by the pool on hot summer days. Its tart and fruity flavors are balanced with a glass rim coated in spicy tajin seasoning. Have this crowd-pleasing frosty margarita ready in just 15 minutes!
📋 About the Recipe
- Serves a crowd. Although there is a time and place for single serve cocktail recipes, having a pitcher sized recipe you can rely on for hosting makes cocktail hour fun and easy.
- Freezer friendly. This passion fruit margarita freezes into a delicious sorbet-like consistency so no need to worry about wasting leftovers. Simply stash what's left for another summer day.
- Budget friendly. Buying one passion fruit margarita at a restaurant or bar can cost you upwards of $20, not including tip. Make an entire passion fruit margarita pitcher at home (6 drinks!) for less than $15.
A few notes about the ingredients:
- Passion fruit - Passion fruit is a small, round tropical fruit that has a hard outer rind that protects the soft, juicy, tangy center. This margarita is made with frozen fruit for quick and easy prep.
- Lime juice - When cooking and making cocktails from scratch, having fresh limes on hand is a must. Fresh lime juice is essential to making the best tasting, restaurant quality margaritas. Using pre-squeezed, bottled lime juice is not recommended.
- Tajin - I love coating the rims of the glasses with tajin for this cocktail because it balances the sweet, tart flavors in the passion fruit margarita perfectly. If you prefer, you can substitute the tajin with kosher salt for a more classic margarita.
- Agave - Agave is a succulent native to the Americas that is most notably used to make tequila. It's very sweet and the perfect natural sweetener to use in homemade margaritas.
- Triple sec - Triple sec, or orange liqueur is an alcoholic sweetener made from dried orange peels that adds sweet, fruity notes to add depth of flavor to margaritas. If you enjoy making cocktails at home, you won't regret adding triple sec to your bar cart.
- Coat the rims of your margarita glasses. In separate shallow bowls, add two tablespoons each of agave and salt (or Tajin). Dip and circle the rim of each glass first in the agave, then the salt or Tajin to lightly coat. Place the glasses in the freezer to set.
- Blend frozen margarita together. Place all of the passion fruit margarita ingredients except the ice together in a large blender and blend until smooth.
- Add in the ice. Blend again until thick. If you want a thicker frozen margarita, add up to an additional cup of ice and blend again until you've reached your desired consistency.
- Pour and garnish! Divide the blended passion fruit margarita between drinking glasses and garnish with lime slices.
- Enjoy immediately while cold and frosty.
⁉️ Substitutions and Alterations
- Passion fruit substitutions - If you are having trouble finding this tropical fruit, you may have more luck finding a fruit blend including passion fruit. Although this will change the flavor of your margarita, this may work for you as a good substitution.
You can also try finding passion fruit juice and making your own frozen fruit cubes by freezing the juice in ice cube trays before blending.
- Out of agave? Substitute the agave with my homemade simple syrup. Find the recipe in my Strawberry Basil Gin Smash.
❄️ How to Store
To store: I recommend storing any frozen margarita leftovers in the freezer. This recipe freezes well and turns into a sorbet-like consistency. Scoop and eat with a spoon or allow to defrost to drink.
Tajin seasoning is made with dried chile peppers, dehydrated lime, and salt and can be used in both sweet and savory recipes. The spice from the dried chile peppers compliments the sweetness in this passion fruit margarita and makes a great substitute for the salted rim.
Passion fruit is native to warm, tropical and subtropical climates, but can be found in northern areas of North America. If you are in the lower United States, you may have more access to fresh passion fruit, but frozen passion fruit is typically available to most states (and is what I use in this recipe).
Check your freezer section at your local grocery stores. If you can't find it, try looking for passion fruit juice, then freeze it into ice cubes.
Passion fruit is both sweet and tart and is often compared to the flavors of pineapples, kiwi, and guava. If you enjoy these fruits, you will likely love the flavor of passion fruit.
💭 One More Tip
Invest in a citrus juicer! The main reason people opt for buying pre-bottled lime juice in the grocery store is because they don't want to deal with the hassle of juicing limes by hand. Invest in a handheld juicer to help making juicing limes at home quick and easy! This will also help you get as much juice from the limes as possible.
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Frozen Passion Fruit Margaritas
- 5 ½ cups frozen passion fruit (2 bags, or 24 ounces)
- 1 ½ cups tequila
- ½ cup triple sec
- ½ cup agave plus extra for rim of the glasses
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes)
- 2 to 3 cups ice
- kosher salt or tajin
- Add 2 tablespoons agave and salt (or Tajin) to separate shallow bowls or plates. Coat the rim of 6 glasses with a light layer of agave by circling it in the bowl. Then, dip it in the salt (or Tajin) and circle it in the bowl to coat. Place glasses in the freezer to set.
- Add passion fruit, tequila, triple sec, agave, and lime juice to a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Add 2 cups ice and blend until thick. Add another 1 cup of ice if you prefer a thicker drink.
- Pour into prepared glasses and serve with a garnish of lime slices.
- I used the Pitaya Foods passion fruit pieces found in my grocery store's freezer section. I like them because they are pre-frozen and seedless.
- If you can't find frozen passion fruit, you can buy passion fruit juice and freeze it in a ice cube tray. Look for a juice with minimal added sugar, or adjust the amount of agave in the recipe.
- This recipe freezes really well. For a sorbet-like consistency, store blended margarita in a freezer-safe container in the freezer. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. Scoop with an ice cream scoop and serve with a spoon, or wait until it lightly defrosts to drink.
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