Summer is the perfect time to get creative in the kitchen with cool, refreshing eats. Even if turning on the oven is the last thing you want to do in a heatwave, you don't have to go without dessert. The ice cream maker is an incredibly useful kitchen tool in the summer for churning out a vast array of frozen desserts without breaking a sweat. Skip the usual chocolate and vanilla this time and opt for an unforgettable treat: margarita ice cream! This drink-inspired dessert is served in a salt rimmed glass and garnished with a slice of lime for the full sweet, salty, and tart experience of the cocktail. Since alcohol and salt are the two main ingredients in a margarita and also happen to melt ice cream, orange extract is used instead of triple sec so the tequila, flavor, and creaminess needn’t be diluted.

Margarita Ice Cream


1 pint



  • 1 15 oz can coconut milk
  • ⅓ cup agave nectar
  • ⅓ cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • ¼ cup tequila
  • ¼ teaspoon orange extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and mix thoroughly with a whisk (no heat necessary). Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Chill your margarita or cocktail glasses before serving the ice cream. Slice a lime in half and rub on the rims of your serving glasses, then dip in a plate of salt. Place a scoop or two of ice cream in each glass and serve with a lime wedge.