Creamy vanilla ice cream blended with fresh lime juice, orange liqueur and of course tequila, for a surprisingly delicious grown up treat. We served our milkshakes in a sugar & zest rimmed glass, then topped it with whipped cream and more lime zest, which is optional, but highly recommended!
I’m blaming this recipe on my husband, or crediting him, whatever you want to call it! He suggested I make a drinkable version of our favorite Frozen Margarita Pie with a Pretzel Crust. The pie is made with sweetened condensed milk, whipping cream, lime juice and a little of this and that. I figured ice cream would be a good substitute for the sweetened condensed milk and whipping cream, and it was a breeze after that. I couldn’t come up with a way to incorporate the pretzels as part of the milkshake, having tried crushing them and dipping the rims of the glass. It was just weird so we’ll just go with serving pretzels with the milkshake for that wonderful sweet and salty combo!
This is so simple it’s hardly a even a recipe but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make it! I can’t remember the last time I had a milkshake, and never one like this. The lime juice really shines through and the zest is a terrific compliment to the cold and creamy ice cream. It’s an easy, delicious dessert for the grownups in your life.
Serve with plenty of zest and pretzels and pass the can of whipped cream around so everyone can squirt it on themselves!
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- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 lime zested, with the lime cut into wedges or sliced for garnish
- 3 ounces tequila
- 2 ounces triple sec, Cointreau or other orange liqueur
- 2 limes
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- whipped cream for garnish
- 1/4 cup milk (if needed for desired consistency)
In a small plate or bowl, combine 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and the zest of 1 lime. Mix together. Cut a small wedge of lime and rub it around the rim of the glass to moisten. Dip the glass into the lime sugar coating the rim. Set aside
In the carafe of a blender, combine the tequila, triple sec, and the juice of 2 limes. Add the vanilla ice cream and blend until smooth. If needed, add a little milk until you reach a pouring consistency.
Pour the milkshake into the prepared glasses. Top with whipped cream and additional lime zest. Serve immediately.
As with any recipe, good quality ingredients can make all the difference in the success or failure of the dessert. For instance, budget ice cream can be very light and fluffy, almost airy, while the better, more expensive brands are thick and rich. Good vanilla ice cream (such as Haagen Dazs brand) will make a thicker, richer milkshake. Use whatever you have but adjust ingredients as needed.
Are you planning a Cinco de Mayo get together? It’s on a Friday night this year so there’s a good reason.
Be sure to stop back later this week for one more recipe. I’m not sure what came over me this year, but we finally finished off a bottle of tequila that’s been around for a very long time, and it was all in recipes! I’ve been picking strawberries from a local farm so you can bet we’ll feature my favorite little red fruit. Thanks so much for stopping by!