Layered Margarita Popsicles – The Cookie Rookie®


There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a fruity margarita–except maybe Layered Margarita Popsicles! These even-more-refreshing alcoholic popsicles are the perfect way to enjoy the summer sun. My homemade ice pops combine three flavors: strawberry, peach, and lime. They’re perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

alcoholic margarita popsicles stacked up on a board with fresh strawberries and peaches

Layered Margarita Popsicles

Layered Margarita Popsicles are the perfect cocktail alternative for the summer, especially Cinco de Mayo. These refreshing homemade ice pops are easy, colorful, and full of flavor!

There are three layers here, each a different flavor and color: strawberry margarita, white peach margarita, and lime margarita. Each section is made with simple ingredients to make the entire process easy, fun, and refreshing.

We use tequila as our alcohol of choice, and they’re sweetened with agave nectar.

Why You’ll Love this Alcoholic Popsicle Recipe:

  • LAYERED WITH FLAVOR: We’ve got 3 delicious flavors in one ice pop: strawberry, white peach, and lime make a delicious combo!
  • EASY: These are easy to make, and so colorful. These homemade popsicles are perfect for summer BBQs and parties.
  • FRUITY: These are deliciously fruity, with a kick of tequila. Just like your favorite margaritas!

If you like margaritas, you’ll LOVE these easy alcoholic popsicles. You can skip the tequila if you’d like a family-friendly version, or try these Red, White and Blue Popsicles instead.

alcoholic popsicles with three different colored layers

Ingredients

  • Fruit: Strawberries and white peach are blended in a food processor so the pieces are small.
  • Fruit Juice: Lime (freshly squeezed), and strawberry (I used Naked Berry Blast) are vibrant and full of flavor.
  • Soda: Use a lemon/lime soda, such as Lime Diet Sierra Mist.
  • Limeade: I used a frozen concentrate.
  • Tequila: Choose a good tequila for a smooth flavor. I love Camarena Tequila.
  • Agave Nectar: This is a natural, liquid sweetener that is widely available at grocery stores.

Trademark note: In the spirit of transparency, I want to note that some of these ingredients are trademarked products. Popsicles, Naked, Camarena and Sierra Mist are proprietary brands that I want to acknowledge and give credit to.

How to Make Margarita Popsicles

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

  1. In three separate cups, mix each of the layers.
  2. Fill ice pop molds 1/3 full with strawberry layer and freeze for at least 2 hours.
  3. Repeat with the other two layers, allowing 2 hours between each addition.
  4. Enjoy!
how to make popsicles at home, step by step photos
How long do these keep in the freezer?

Once these are made, margarita popsicles will keep as long as they are kept consistently frozen. But they are best quality if eaten within 3 months.

How long does it take to freeze homemade popsicles?

It takes about 2 hours to fully freeze each layer. So for 3 layers, it’ll take around 6 hours to finish freezing. Be sure to make them the day before if you’re preparing for a party or gathering!

Can I make different flavors?

Absolutely! Add different fresh/frozen fruits, juices, and concentrates to make any flavor you like. Try mango, raspberry, or lemon!

How do I serve these margarita popsicles?

If the mold doesn’t have a built-in stick handle, freeze the pops for about an hour before inserting your own popsicle sticks. This will help them stand up straight.

Another trick is to place foil over the mold and poke the sticks through. The foil supports the sticks and keeps them upright.

As an alternative to molds, use disposable paper cups, adding sticks as mentioned above. Once frozen, tear away the cup and enjoy the pop.

margarita popsicles stacked up on a board
layered margarita popsicles on a board with strawberries

Tips!

  • If you’d like to make single-flavor popsicles instead, each flavor should make 2 pops (depending on the size/shape of your popsicle molds). These will be quicker to make, because you don’t need to freeze each layer separately, and you can make them all at once. 
  • Submerge the popsicle mold halfway in lukewarm water for about 30 seconds to help release the frozen pops.
  • Don’t use more than 1 teaspoon of tequila per popsicle layer, or it won’t freeze.
  • A food processor or high-powered blender helps create very small pieces of fruit that will freeze nicely in these margarita popsicles.

Can I make these popsicles without alcohol?

Absolutely! These are so fun, and you could easily leave out the tequila to make them non-alcoholic and kid friendly. Each section is super fruity. I’m ready for the hot weather! C’mon summer!

Why is my alcoholic popsicle slushy?

Alcoholic popsicles have a softer texture than the nonalcoholic kind, due to the alcohol’s freezing point. Make sure to add only the amount of tequila stated in the recipe, not more. The more you add, the slushier they will become! While margarita slushes might be a great idea, that’s not what we’re after in this recipe. Because of this, it’s best to keep them in the freezer until the very last minute.

frozen margaritas

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homemade margarita popsicles stacked up

These triple-layered margarita popsicles are just so juicy, flavorful, and refreshing! I love making alcoholic popsicles for parties on hot summer days. These are so easy, everyone will love them!

If you make this recipe be sure to upload a photo in the comment section below or leave a rating. Enjoy!



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