These delicious Low Carb Strawberry Margarita Popsicles will keep you cool all summer long! Just 5 net carbs each for these tasty tequila popsicles.
Low Carb Strawberry Popsicles
Summer calls for easy, refreshing Low Carb Strawberry Margarita Popsicles! These icy, boozy treats require just 5-10 minutes of work and make the perfect party recipe. They’re cute, only require 4 ingredients, and each one is just 5 net carbs.
Sugar-free simple syrup makes these quick and keto-friendly! You can also make these without the tequila for kid-friendly strawberry lime popsicles the whole family will love. The best thing: You can keep a batch in the freezer for months so you’ll have a cold, sweet treat when the warm weather hits.
Ingredients for Margarita Popsicles
Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need for this recipe. For exact measurements, keep scrolling down to the printable recipe card below.
- Strawberries – Cored and halved for easy blending. Taste your batch first–If the strawberries are already on the sweeter side, you may want to start with a bit less simple syrup, especially if you’ve been keto or sugar free for long.
- Tequila – This is what gives that great margarita flavor. If you prefer to make a batch without alcohol, replace with water to keep it low carb or orange juice to add more flavor. Water with sugar-free orange flavoring would work great as well.
- Lime juice + limes – Unsweetened bottled juice is fine, but you want two limes for the cute garnish slices that get skewered onto the stick.
- Sugar Free Simple Syrup – There are store-bought versions you can find (either with the mixers or sometimes in the coffee aisle), but we prefer making our own Keto Simple Syrup with liquid monk fruit. This is the least expensive and easiest option we’ve found (plus there’s no sugar alcohols in case you’re sensitive to those).
How to Make Sugar-Free Strawberry Margarita Popsicles
These easy keto-friendly popsicles are simple and quick to make! You’ll need a blender, 6 popsicle sticks, 6 5-ounce cups, and a freezer. Here’s a step-by-step guide for making this strawberry margarita recipe.
Place all of your ingredients in the blender and give it a whirl! You just want to make sure there are no big chunks of strawberry; the smoother the margarita, the easier the popsicles are to eat.
Line up 6 5-ounce cups and pour about 4 ounces of margarita into each one. Get these as even as you can so that they will all be frozen at the same time when you’re ready to serve.
Assemble lime popsicle sticks
Cut and discard the ends of the limes. Cut each lime into three slices (about 1/4″ thick, depends on the size of your limes). Place a slice on the cutting board, then stab the popsicle stick through the center. Push it in 1 1/2-2″, then put in one of the margarita cups. The lime should sit right on top of the margarita. Continue until all cups have lime-skewered popsicle sticks.
Transfer cups to the freezer and freeze for 4-6 hours. Once frozen solid, you can serve immediately! If the popsicle doesn’t pull out immediately, gently rub the outsides of the cup with your hands to warm it slightly, then lightly tug the popsicle again.
These popsicles will last 3-6 months, but they have the best flavor and texture the sooner you eat them. If you plan to keep them longer than 2 weeks, place them in a freezer bag to protect them from other freezer smells in the freezer.
Tips and tricks for the BEST popsicles with alcohol
- Get the right ratio – You want to have 4 or 5 times as much non-alcoholic liquid as you have alcoholic liquid so that the popsicle will freeze. For this recipe, there 2-2.5 cups of pureed strawberries, lime juice, and simple syrup to just over 1/2 cup of tequila.
- Test before freezing – Strawberries can range from super sweet to a bit tart, so you want to taste test the margarita before pouring and freezing. Add more lime juice if it’s too sweet, more simple syrup if it’s too tart.
- Salt just before serving – Salt is tricky because it will cause the popsicle to melt much faster. If you want to salt them, I recommend placing one side of the popsicle (out of the cup) in a plate of salt and then serving immediately. We enjoyed these without salt, so feel free to skip this if you’re worried about melty messes.
- Change it up – This is a great base recipe that can be tweaked for tasty popsicles no matter your season or vibe! Swap out the strawberries for raspberries or blueberries, maybe use vodka or rum instead of tequila, or use lemon juice instead of lime juice. Infuse your simple syrup (this post has great tips for spicy, fruity, or herby syrups). If you’re watching the carbs, be careful when switching fruits as most have more sugar than strawberries.
If you love this low carb alcoholic popsicle, you’ll love these keto cocktails!
- Keto Mango Margarita – This blended marg is topped with soda water for a refreshing fizzy finish! This is an easy one to make for a big crowd, perfect for parties by the pool.
- Spicy Watermelon Margarita – Keto simple syrup is infused with fresh jalapenos, making a great balanced cocktail! If you love spicy-sweet, this is the drink for you.
- Raspberry Tequila Smash – This is such a lovely drink for bridal showers or parties! The fresh mint really is the cherry on top; don’t skip it if possible!
- Strawberry Rose Limeade – This one is so easy, especially with the store-bought skinny syrup! This one does have sugar alcohols, however, so keep that in mind if you’re sensitive.
- Blackberry Bourbon Smash – This GORGEOUS cocktail brings the best out of a good bourbon! Tart blackberries and liquid monk fruit make an amazing low-carb syrup that gives this the beautiful color and taste. You’ll want that syrup in all your cocktails after this!
- Keto Lemon Drop – This is a very easy sipping cocktail! It’s a fun one to serve in the form of shots as well.
FAQs about Keto Alcoholic Popsicles
Alcohol won’t freeze, so adding too much can lead to a melty slushie instead of an easy-to-eat popsicle. The general ratio for the best success is 4:1 or 5:1, meaning for every 2-2.5 cups of non-alcoholic pureed liquid, you can have about 1/2 cup of alcohol.
Yes, strawberries are keto friendly when eaten in moderation! Berries (like strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries) are generally the safest fruits because their sugar-to-fiber ratio isn’t too terribly high.
- 1 pound strawberries, cored
- 4.5 ounces tequila
- 2.25 ounces lime juice
- 2.5-3 ounces keto simple syrup (a little less if your strawberries are very sweet)
- 2 limes (for garnish slices)
- Place strawberries, tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup in a blender, then blend until smooth. Taste and adjust simple syrup, lime juice, or tequila to your preference (however, for freezing be sure to not add more than 5.5 ounces of tequila).
- Pour about 4 ounces of the margarita mixture into a 5-ounce cup. This should make enough for 6 popsicles.
- Cut the ends off of each lime, then cut each lime into 3 slices. Place a slice on the cutting board, then poke a popsicle stick through the center. Push it about 1.5-2 inches through, then gently place it in one of the margarita cups, allowing the lime slice to sit on top of the margarita. Continue to put the skewered lime slices in each margarita.
- Place cups in the freezer and freeze for 4-6 hours. To remove, carefully rub hands on the sides of the cup to warm it slightly, then pull.
You could use this as a base recipe for any alcoholic popsicles. For every 2-2.5 cups of non-alcoholic pureed ingredients (like fruit, juice, simple syrup, etc.), you can include 4-5.5 ounces of liquor.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 4-ish ounce popsicles
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 75Total Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1.2mgCarbohydrates: 6.7gNet Carbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1.7gSugar: 3.9gProtein: 0.6g