Snow Cone Margaritas

Snow Cone Margarita

During these dog days of Summer a Hawaiian vacation sounds very nice. If that isn't in your cards, enjoy making these frozen Adult drink to create a stay cation in your backyard this weekend. This recipe is a little more labor intensive than most of my posts but it is worth the extra effort.

I bought my daughter a snow cone machine and after serving up brightly colored concoctions for her and her friends I thought there must be a way to give this bad boy another use. My husband loves Margaritas and so the idea was formed. I wanted to use actual fruits rather than the syrup stuff bottled from the store. I tested Watermelon flavor but it was not strong enough so next I made strawberry and it was winner.

*Side note about the machine: this is not a serious snow cone maker but it does the trick,

When you make the strawberry syrup you can play with the amount of sugar or agave you use to determine how sweet it is. I also suppose you do not have to cook down the strawberry and could probably blend them from fresh or frozen but my thinking was that cooking it down would extract the natural sugars which means I wouldn't have to add as much sugar.

Freeze the Strawberry Margarita into ice cubes. You can then shave the ice cubes down using the machine or flake it with a fork like a Granita. I packed the Strawberry ice flakes into a mini Latte bowl from Anthropologie. It was the perfect size to make give the "snow ball" effect for the top of the drink.

As for the Margarita mix… you can pick up your favorite mix from Costco or the store but this recipe is inspired by the ladies at Fashionably Bombed. They make the best fresh margarita I have ever tried. I made a simple syrup to add viscosity to the mix to imitate snow cone syrups.

Snow Cone Margarita:

  • 1 recipe Prepared Margarita Mix
  • 1 recipe Strawberry Margarita, frozen
  • Fresh Basil for Garnish
  • Prepared Shaved Ice 
  • Ice Cube Tray
  • Chilled Glass
  • Chilled Small Bowl
  1. Prepare shaved ice and pack into a glass, store in freezer until ready to pour and serve.
  2. Prepare Frozen Strawberry Margarita cubes in the snow cone machine or by flaking apart with a fork (like a granita), pack into a mini bowl to make small round shape.
  3. Pour Margarita mix into glass
  4. Top with Strawberry Margarita ice ball
  5. Garnish with Basil and Serve

Yield- 4 margaritas


  • 1 cup Tequila
  • 1 Cup Lime Juice
  • 1/2 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  1. Prepare a simple syrup- in a sauce pan boil water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Add in Tequila, lime juice and triple sec. Pour into a bottle with a serving spout.

Strawberry Margarita:

  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 TB Agave or 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1 Tb triple sec
  • 3 TB Lime juice
  1. In a small saucepan add sliced strawberries, water and agave. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. In a blender, pulse until strawberries are well blended then strain to discard unwanted seeds.
  2. Add in Tequila, triple sec, & lime juice.
  3. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.
  4. Once frozen, you can chip the ice cubes with a fork or put through a snow cone ice grinder.