Limeade makes a fantastic mixer in almost any margarita recipe. These margaritas with limeade prove just how versatile Simply Limeade or frozen limeade concentrate can be! First, let’s go over what role limeade plays in a tasty margarita.
What Does Limeade Replace in a Margarita?
A classic margarita typically consists of tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Though there are several recipe variations, they all have some sort of tequila, orange, and lime flavor. A sweetener is a common addition, too. Using limeade in a margarita replaces the fresh lime juice and gives a hint of sweetness.
Ready to look at some recipes that use the limeade substitution? Here are fantastic on the rocks and frozen limeade margarita recipes.
- What Does Limeade Replace in a Margarita?
- Limeade Margaritas On The Rocks
- Frozen Limeade Margaritas
- Considerations for Using Limeade in Margaritas
- Bottom Line
Limeade Margaritas On The Rocks
1. 4 Ingredient Limeade Margarita
by Cake N Knife
Cake N Knife has a simple 4 Ingredient Limeade Margarita recipe that is ultra refreshing and delicious. It starts with a salt and lime zest rim, then silver tequila, limeade, triple sec, and fresh lime juice get shaken up with ice in a cocktail shaker.
After shaking, you’ll strain it into your prepared glass with fresh ice cubes and garnish with a lime wedge. This makes for an easy limeade margarita, perfect for any occasion.
2. Tequila Limeade
This Tequila Limeade recipe by Mantitlement might not be an official margarita, but it has the same flavor profile except with a lighter twist. To make it, you’ll need a crushed ice-filled glass, white tequila, limeade, mint leaves, seltzer, and lime slices.
Start with putting a lime slice in the glass, then combine the rest of the ingredients except the seltzer in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain the mixture into the glass and top with the seltzer. This is one of those cocktail recipes you’ll want to make all summer long.
3. Easy Beer Margaritas Recipe
Looking for the easiest margarita? This Easy Beer Margaritas recipe by That Skinny Chick Can Bake only has three ingredients if you don’t include the garnish. Prepare glasses with a salted rim and lime wedges, then blend frozen limeade concentrate, tequila, and light beer. Pour the slushy mixture into your prepared glasses and enjoy!
Though the drink will be slushy at first, it won’t be the same consistency as a frozen margarita, so you may prefer to add ice cubes to your glass since it melts quickly.
4. Trader Joe’s Jalapeno Limeade
Freaking Delish brings the spice to limeade margaritas with their Trader Joe’s Jalapeno Limeade margarita. The spice comes from Trader Joe’s Jalapeno Limeade, though if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, you can always steep jalapenos in any plain limeade.
They use Mexican seasoned margarita salt and the fresh jalapeno garnish, which also layer the heat. Just prepare your margarita glasses, pour your tequila shot and the jalapeno limeade, then stir! No need to shake this one either.
5. 4 Ingredient Pineapple Mango Margaritas
Go tropical this Cinco de Mayo, or enjoy these 4-Ingredient Pineapple Mango Margaritas by Chew Out Loud any time of year. These easy margaritas consist of Simply Tropical juice, tequila, frozen limeade, and freshly squeezed lime juice.
Stir or shake, it is up to you, and you also have the choice of garnish between pineapple slivers, mango slices, or a lime wedge. Coarse salt around the rim of the glass also pairs well with this easy margarita recipe.
6. Strawberry Limeade Margaritas
When making limeade margaritas, the strawberry flavor is an excellent addition. Try this Strawberry Limeade Margarita by Gal on a Mission. It has fresh strawberries, frozen limeade concentrate, reposado tequila, Cointreau, or another orange liqueur.
This is one of those drink recipes you have to try!
7. Easy Strawberry Basil Margarita
Level up the previous strawberry limeade margaritas with the added essence of basil in the Easy Strawberry Basil Margarita recipe The Beard and The Baker created.
The flavors of Simply Limeade, tequila, fresh strawberries, and torn basil leaves make a perfect balance, and it’s a good thing this recipe makes a big batch because you’ll fall in love.
8. Grapefruit Margarita Pitcher
by Mom’s Dinner
This Grapefruit Margarita Pitcher recipe by Mom’s Dinner is another big batch cocktail that makes it easy to serve margaritas to a large happy hour crowd.
Aside from a large pitcher, you’ll need frozen limeade concentrate, silver tequila, bottled light beer, Squirt soda, and grapefruit juice. Grapefruit and lime are a match made in heaven.
9. Cherry Limeade Margarita Recipe
The Cherry Limeade Margarita by Dixie Crystals starts with making homemade limeade by simply mixing granulated sugar, freshly squeezed lime juice, and water. The homemade limeade is mixed with cherry juice or grenadine, triple sec, and tequila to finish this tasty cocktail.
Frozen Limeade Margaritas
10. Frozen Limeade Margarita
Frozen margaritas are always a fun cocktail, and this Frozen Limeade Margarita by Cupcakes and Cutlery is an easy way to make them.
In fact, it is only three ingredients consisting of frozen limeade, orange liqueur like Grand Marnier, and your favorite tequila. You can also optionally add a splash of agave if you want it a bit sweeter.
11. Frozen Mango Margaritas
These Frozen Mango Margaritas by That Frugal Foodie are frozen tropical deliciousness. All you have to do is blend up frozen mango, frozen limeade, tequila, and triple sec. Garnish with some fresh limes, and enjoy!
12. Frozen Cherry Limeade Margaritas
Have you ever had a good old-fashioned cherry limeade? Well, The Cookie Rookie has replicated those flavors and put an adult spin on it with their Frozen Cherry Limeade Margaritas.
This recipe uses tart cherry juice concentrate for a more authentic cherry flavor which is the perfect pairing with tequila and frozen limeade.
13. Ultimate Frozen Strawberry Margarita
This Ultimate Frozen Strawberry Margarita by JTWTECH posted on Allrecipes has a ton of 5-star reviews because instead of a margarita mix, it uses frozen limeade, which just levels up a classic strawberry margarita. The recipe also calls for frozen sliced strawberries in syrup, orange liqueur or triple sec, and tequila.
Pro tip: If you are looking for a recipe to hide cheap tequila, the sugar in this one provides the perfect cover!
14. Frozen Watermelon Margaritas For A Crowd
Cook up some Mexican food and start freezing some watermelon because these Frozen Watermelon Margaritas For a Crowd by Food. are just the thing for your next gathering.
Though you’ll want to read the full recipe, frozen watermelon, frozen limeade, tequila, and a pinch of extra sugar come together in this slushy favorite.
15. Blueberry Jalapeno Limeade Margaritas
Remember the Trader Joe’s Jalapeno Limeade from the recipe by Freaking Delish? Well, if you can get your hands on it, this Blueberry Jalapeno Limeade Margarita created by Pop Shop America pairs it with fresh blueberries, tequila, and triple sec. It’s spicy, sweet, and icy, and it will be the talk of the day or night!
Considerations for Using Limeade in Margaritas
Frozen Concentrate vs. Bottled vs. Homemade
There are three common forms of limeade– frozen concentrate, bottled, and homemade.
Frozen limeade concentrate is what it sounds like. It is frozen and has a concentrated flavor, so it should be diluted. Bottled limeade is at a standard drinking concentration and comes either shelf-stable or refrigerated. Homemade limeade is easy to make and is simply a blend of lime juice, water, and sugar.
Each has its pros and cons, and though some recipes call for a specific one for the best results, others leave it up to you. Frozen limeade concentrate gives you more lime flavor without too much volume, while bottled limeade is convenient and mild but will create more volume.
Homemade limeade is most similar to bottled limeade but can be customized to your level of sweetness, and you can ensure there are no preservatives or artificial ingredients.
Even if you go with a plain margarita recipe, there are still tons of ways to add other flavors. Though we have found great recipes that have various fruity or even spicy flavors, we have some other ideas as well.
Adding flavor to your limeade margarita is pretty easy as it is a balanced sweet and sour base to build on. Simply add whatever fresh fruit you have on hand, pick a fresh herb to include, or add some spice! No fresh fruit? Go with fruit juice instead. We love a splash of orange juice!
You could also use cucumber for a refreshing twist. Another option if you really want to mix up the taste is to utilize different liqueurs other than triple sec or sub out the tequila for vodka or light rum.
Substituting Limeade in Other Recipes
Though all of the recipes on this list use limeade, you can also substitute limeade into your favorite margarita recipe, even if it doesn’t explicitly call for it.
To use it as a substitution, omit any lime juice and sweeteners your recipe calls for and instead add the combined amount of the omitted ingredients worth of limeade. You can adjust the amount to your taste based on your initial thoughts about the suggested substitution ratio.
Easy cocktails are the best type of drink which is why these various limeade margaritas are so popular. You can’t beat limeade’s convenience and great taste, making it the perfect margarita mix substitute. Pick one of these limeade margarita recipes to try — you won’t regret it!