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5 Frozen Margarita Recipes Every Restaurant Should Master

Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill understands the tasty impact frozen margarita recipes offer restaurants. In 2017, founder/CEO Renaldo “Rey” Regalado Jr. purchased a Frosty Factory machine from ACityDiscount to add flair to his lunch and dinner menu.

Check out the frozen drinks in the photos, courtesy of Papi’s: a classic frozen margarita and a mango/strawberry frozen margarita. Enticing, right?

This Frosty Factory machine is located at the Kennesaw, Ga., location (745 Chastain Road ). Papi’s has six locations in the Atlanta area.

From frozen margaritas and daiquiris to piña coladas and hurricanes, frozen drinks are the stars of the summer (spring and fall too and depending on regional climates, some winter months). They are great additions to restaurants, bars, concession stands, convenience stores and poolside locations under the shade. Just pour in ingredients, press a button and in 30 minutes or less, it’s time to serve.

No need to wait until Taco Tuesday or Cinco de Mayo. Every day is another day to increase foodservice profit margins with ACityDiscount’s list of 5 frozen margarita recipes every restaurant should master.

Check out Frosty Factory’s frozen drink machine profits calculator here.

Below are ACityDiscount’s recommendations for frozen margarita recipes. Which recipe will your foodservice operation try?

Frosty Factory Frozen Margarita Machines are great for making frozen margaritas and other cocktails

Classic frozen margarita recipe

1 container margarita mix

1.75 liters Tequila

½ liter Triple sec

3.5 gallons water

Optional: fresh lime or lemon juice


 Regular frozen margarita (left) and mango/strawberry margarita served at Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill (745 Chastain Rd. Kennesaw, Ga. 30144
Pictured: Classic frozen margarita (left) and mango/strawberry margarita served
at Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill (745 Chastain Rd. Kennesaw, Ga. 30144)

Strawberry frozen margarita recipe

1 container strawberry margarita mix

1.75 liters Tequila

½ liter Triple sec

3.5 gallons water

Optional: fresh lime or lemon juice

Peach frozen margarita recipe

Sliced peaches or limes (adjust to taste)

1.75 liters Tequila

½ liter of Triple sec

2 cups simple syrup (adjust to desired sweetness)

3.5 gallons water

Optional: lime juice

Frozen Facts from Frosty Factory

FRUIT JUICES with at least 32 grams of sugar per 8-oz. serving will freeze well in the frozen drink machine, remaining stable during freezing process while retaining natural color and flavor.

NEUTRAL BASES produce a neutral frozen cocktail base. A wide variety of frozen drinks can be created from one neutral base by adding flavors. Most brands of neutral bases specify a mixture of four parts water to one part neutral base. Before attempting this in the frozen drink machine, ensure that the “brix” level is 13 to 18.

ALCOHOL content affects the freezing process. As a rule of thumb, for the mix to freeze properly, the recipe should contain no more than 25 percent alcohol.

Sour patch frozen margarita recipe

1 container margarita mix

1.75 liter tequila

½ liter Triple sec

½ liter melon liqueur

½ gallon sour mix

2 quarts orange juice

3.5 gallons water

Strawberry-Banana frozen margarita recipe

3 1/2 lbs. bananas (about 14)

1 gallon strawberry puree

1.75 liters Tequila

½ liter Triple sec

3 gallons water

Optional: fresh lime or lemon juice

Ask an ACityDiscount Expert: Justin Kennedy

Justin’s favorite frozen beverage: Banana daiquiris

Frosty Factory Frozen Margarita Machines are great for making frozen margaritas and other cocktails

Frozen Margarita Machine vs. Blender? 

"Efficiency and speed; it's the two reasons why the restaurant industry prefers frozen margarita machines. Pour and serve. That's it! Besides, no bartender wants to make frozen drinks in a blender. It takes too much time away from the rest of the customers. And unless you're at a beach-side resort, no customer wants to wait through four blender rinses for a margarita."

-Justin Kennedy, ACityDiscount Sales

Frosty Factory FAQs

Are frozen margarita recipes easy to make?

You can’t go wrong with pre-made mix. Add water and alcohol. It’s that easy!

Is it better to rent or buy a frozen drink machine, and why?

Renting is a good option if your restaurant needs a frozen drink machine periodically. If you want to make money on a regular basis, buying a Frosty Factory machine is the only way to go!

How much ice does the frozen drink machine need?

No ice is needed. Machines freeze the mix inside a cylinder and the blades scrape the yummy goodness to create a frozen drink!

Do you have to use alcohol to make tasty frozen drinks?

Alcohol is optional. After all, kids love slushies!!

Can my foodservice operation make our own frozen drink mix?

You can, but it’s important that the “brix” levels remain between 13 – 18. Too little sugar in the mix will cause larger ice crystals to form. Too much sugar will lengthen freeze time.

How long does it take most mixes to freeze?

Tasty question! Depends on the model in use, ambient temperature and temperature of the mix. In general, the longest freeze down is 30 minutes (with Model 2235R 3-1).

How many frozen margaritas can Frosty Factory machines create?

(For example) five gallons of mix will provide five gallons of frozen drink.


Ready to try frozen margarita recipes at your restaurant, bar, concession stand, convenience store or poolside location? Start your frozen journey here.

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