Cool off this summer with an incredible frozen cocktail concoction – a Margarita Float! A margarita float is made with sorbet for a creamy, frothy finish… and it is perfect for Cinco de Mayo and beyond.

Choose your favorite sorbet flavor, grab the ingredients, and make a cocktail you’ll crave time and again. It’s a margarita float that will cool you off all summer long!

A margarita float made with mango sorbet, slice of lime on the glass
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There are a few things that make me think of summer – tacos, margaritas and plenty of sunshine. Thankfully, my friends share my same enthusiasm for tacos and margaritas and we’re sharing one of our favorite recipes with you today.

If you’re planning a Cinco de Mayo gathering, you’ll need this incredible Cinco de Mayo menu guide, filled with all my favorite Mexican-inspired recipes and inspiration. And don’t skip this post about setting up your own margarita bar at home- so much fun! 

Margaritas are Chris’ favorite cocktail and we love to cool off with them on the dock at our lake cottage. After a few attempts, I perfected the most refreshing dessert-inspired margarita around- a margarita float that doesn’t require a mix, but also doesn’t require any more effort than a mix.

boozy float mango margarita float

To be honest, I never knew I loved lime so much! I couldn’t keep my spoon out of the sorbet, or my mouth. A salted rim, tequila, water and lime sorbet and you’re on your way to the most refreshing cocktail ever.

I taste tested a few to do my due diligence. As the sorbet melts, you get the most delicious traditional margarita there is, but if you’re impatient like me, just dip your spoon into the sorbet and get equal parts liquid and enjoy!

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Why You’ll Love a Margarita Float

  • So Refreshing
  • Easy to Make
  • Minimal Ingredients
  • Dessert + Cocktail in ONE!
mango margarita float next to a bottle of tequila

Margarita Float Ingredients

  • Sorbet – Make my homemade Lime sorbet for a classic margarita flavor, or branch out with other fruity choices. See my suggestions below.
  • Tequila – Learn about the Best Tequila for Margaritas here. Don’t like tequila? Try a mojito float instead – made with rum!
  • Water – Only if you’re worried it will be too strong!
  • Salt – For the rim, if you’re like.

Mix it up with your favorite fruity sorbet flavor – it’s so easy to create your own delicious version of this margarita float!


  • Mango Sorbet (as seen in these photos)
  • Watermelon
  • Lemon
  • Strawberry
  • Raspberry
  • Peach
  • Pineapple
  • Orange sherbet
  • Grapefruit

How to Make a Margarita Float

  1. Rim a glass with salt using a lime wedge. Dip glass onto a shallow plate of margarita salt.
  2. Add sorbet to glass.
  3. Add tequila, poured directly over the sorbet.
tequila pour into mango margarita


  • Chill tequila for best presentation.
  • If you’re worried the tequila will be too strong, add a splash of water.
  • Rim the glass with salt for classic margarita flavor (you can also rim it with sugar).
  • Garnish with a lime wedge. You can squeeze it for a hint of lime in every sip.
  • Host a margarita bar, with a variety of sorbet flavors so everyone can make a float!

Scaling up, down or substituting? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart!

Easy margarita float recipe - the quintessential summer cocktail
An original margarita float, made with lime sorbet

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A margarita float made with mango sorbet, garnished with lime, on a white marble surface
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Margarita Float

Easy margarita float – one of this summer’s ice cream cocktails you won’t want to miss. A refreshing summer drink recipe perfect for any occasion.
Prep: 3 minutes
Total: 3 minutes
Servings: 1
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  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 3 scoops lime sorbet
  • 1 ounce water Optional
  • Salt for rim


  • Rim a glass with salt using a lime wedge. Dip glass onto a shallow plate of margarita salt.
  • Add your favorite sorbet.
  • Pour tequila over the top. Sip and savor!
  • Optional step: If you feel like it's a touch too strong, add a splash of water, sparkling water or club soda.

Julie’s Tips

If you prefer a sweet rim instead of a salty one, replace the salt with a little sugar. 


Use your favorite fruit sorbet flavor to customize! 
  • Mango Sorbet (as shown)
  • Watermelon
  • Lemon
  • Strawberry
  • Raspberry
  • Peach
  • Pineapple
  • Orange
  • Grapefruit
Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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  1. 5 stars
    I tried these last weekend and everyone loved them! Love this boozy cocktail for summer. Thanks for another great recipe!

  2. From this day forward all of my cocktails will have a sorbet or ice cream floater. GENIUS! 🙂