16 Margarita-Inspired Dessert Recipes

Ooh la lime! These margarita dessert recipes are inspired by your favorite cocktail—and we're making them all summer long!

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Margarita Cake

Packed with nonalcoholic margarita mix, this cake tastes just like the real deal. And, since it relies on convenience ingredients like cake mix and pudding, it’s a cinch to prepare for your summer celebrations. Find more cocktail-inspired sweets.

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Margarita Pretzel Bars

A crunchy pretzel crust is the secret to these refreshing margarita bars from Tricia over at Saving Room for Dessert. It balances out the sweet filling—just like salt around a margarita glass!

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Margarita Mousse

Combine the decadence of mousse, the flavor of margaritas and the fun of eating out of a glass—and you’ve got this cute summer dessert. Since it needs to be made ahead, this recipe is a great time-saver for a small dinner party. Learn how to plan a Cinco de Mayo celebration!

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Margarita Pie

“No bake dessert” is music to our ears on a hot summer day. And this frozen margarita pie from Samantha at Five Heart Home takes just 20 minutes to prepare—with fewer than 10 ingredients. Sweet!

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Margarita Cupcakes

The key lime frosting is the true star of these fun margarita cupcakes. It’s thick, frothy and the perfect complement to the tangy cakes. For added flair, garnish each cupcake like you would a drink—with a lime wedge and straw.
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Margarita Ice Cream Float

An ice cream float for adults only? Yes, please! It features all of the usual (and delicious) suspects, like ice cream, sherbet and lemon-lime soda—plus a generous shot of tequila. If you’d rather sip the real thing, here’s how to make a margarita.

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Margarita Poke Cake

This margarita poke cake from Blair of The Seasoned Mom is ready to party. Add it to your Cinco de Mayo menu—then let the compliments roll in.

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Margarita Cheesecake

Mango + margaritas + cheesecake = pure dessert bliss. This recipe from Eden at Sweet Tea and Thyme takes time to make—you need to let the cake cool for several hours—but it’s well worth the wait.

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Margarita Dip

For a sweet, refreshing snack, turn to this margarita dip. The fruit and pound cake skewers are perfect for dipping, but you could also serve it with pretzel rods, wafer cookies or graham crackers.

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Margarita Bars

See ya later, lemon bars. These margarita-inspired treats from Heather of Food Lovin’ Family are sweet with a subtle lime flavor. Try them with a little tequila, too, for a grown-up twist.

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Margarita Ice Cream

We’ll be scooping this margarita ice cream from Dini at The Flavor Bender all summer long. It’s made with just a handful of ingredients. Plus, you can churn it with either a traditional ice cream maker or by hand.

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Margarita Cookies

Set out a platter of these margarita cookies from Meghan at Cake n’ Knife, then watch how quickly they disappear. They’re the perfect size for eating two (or 10)—and that white chocolate topping is truly divine. Serve these cookies with a white peach margarita.

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Margarita Gelatin Shots

Step up your shot glass game! These slick margarita shooters are served in the wedge of a lime.
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Margarita Milkshake

It’s hard to say no to a milkshake—especially when there’s booze involved! This treat from Tricia at Saving Room for Dessert has indulgence written all over it.

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Margarita Tres Leches Cake

A traditional tres leches—aka three milks—cake gets an update from tequlia and key lime juice. We also love that this dessert is party-ready, thanks to its generous 15-slice serving size. Find more tart key lime recipes.

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Margarita Snow Cones

Yes, you can make snow cones at home! And this margarita syrup turns the chilly treats into a boozy, adults-only delight. Learn how to throw a summery snow cone party.

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Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.