Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Margarita Pie

RileyAdamsFoodBlogPostpic_thumb_thumb[3]Y’all will be forgiven if you missed it, but yesterday was actually National Margarita Day.

Yes, that’s right: February 22 was National Margarita Day. Although there seems to be some disagreement as to exactly who founded the delicious frozen drink, it’s generally agreed that margaritas have been around for nearly 80 years.

My friend Shelly reminded me about National Margarita Day…she lives in Texas, where the frozen margarita machine was invented by Mariano Martinez in 1971.

If you missed the day yesterday, you can always celebrate a little late (I won’t tell!) The original margarita recipe is simply two parts tequila, one part triple sec and one part fresh lime juice.

In honor of the margarita, I thought I’d make a margarita pie. This version is fresh and delicious but doesn’t have any alcohol in it. If you wanted to, you could add 2 tablespoons of tequila and a tablespoon of triple sec to the recipe below. I wouldn't tell for that, either. :)

I did not add alcohol to mine, which is a good thing, considering my 14 year old son got hold of the pie when he came home from school, devouring a large portion of it before I took my picture. :) Below is the recipe, as best I could salvage it!

Margarita Pie (click here for a PDF of the recipe)IMG_20110222_153307

1 1/4 cups crushed pretzels
1 stick melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 (12 oz) can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
1/4 cup orange juice
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
Use about 3/4 of an 8 oz container Cool Whip, thawed

Combine the crushed pretzels, melted butter, and sugar in a medium bowl, then press the mixture into a pie pan.

Mix limeade, orange juice, and sweetened condensed milk, then fold it into the whipped topping. Spoon the filling into the prepared pretzel crust. Chill for 25 to 30 minutes before serving.

It’s pretty garnished with strawberries or slices of lime.

Hope you'll enjoy!

Delicious and Suspicious (July 6 2010) Riley Adams
Pretty is as Pretty Dies –Elizabeth Spann Craig


  1. I love your creativity, Elizabeth! So clever to use pretzels! Can't say that I blame your son for digging into the pie -- it looks delicious. Besides, his eagerness to eat it only proves how tasty it was!

    ~ Krista

  2. Oh, man, frozen margaritas make me SOOO happy. Love the idea of putting those flavors in a pie. Brava! I'm now revising my thoughts on the Nobel Prize. Phooey to microbiology. The inventor of the frozen margarita machine deserves one. (Thank you, Mr. Martinez!) At least there’s a national day for the drink. Who knew? :)

    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  3. Isn't that simple, pretty and delicious! Yum! I adore margaritas.


  4. This sounds delicious, Elizabeth! Love the fact that you had to grab a picture before it all disappeared. That says a lot! I can imagine that the salt from the pretzels and the sweet from the condensed milk combine for a fabulous taste sensation. I'll try this next time I'm called upon to bring dessert!

  5. Yum! Who needs booze with all those delicious ingredients. I love the picture of the half-eaten pie. That's what it's all about - irresistible food for the people we love.

  6. Krista--He's gotten to be an eating machine lately!

    Cleo--Mr. Martinez definitely deserves some recognition!

    Avery--This would really go necely paired with some Mexican food or with some margaritas. :)

    Julie--It tastes like summer to me...and I'm ready for some summer!

    Mary Jane--I think my son finds just about ANY food irresistible these days! :)