Tequila and lime-fueled tingle in a cooling summer dish
Cheesecake? Absolutely! But who wants to turn on the oven in this heat?
Enter Margarita Cheesecake Mousse. It’s a rich, no-bake tongue pleaser that’s loaded with flavor.
The taste mimics that of its namesake cocktail. But there’s no hangover if you have one too many.
We’ll, um, drink to that.
Recipe: Margarita Cheesecake Mousse
A Margarita Cocktail combines tequila, lime, and triple sec. Margarita Cheesecake Mousse plays on this theme, adding cream cheese for flavor and body, plus whipped cream because, well, whipped cream. The result is pure bliss.
Mrs. Kitchen Riffs is the dessert maven in our household. She adapted this recipe from several she found on the interwebs, including this one.
This recipe takes about 20 minutes to make. Then you need to allow at least an hour for it to chill in the refrigerator.
The recipe yields 4 to 6 servings. But it’s easy to double or halve it to suit your needs.
- 2 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese (preferably full fat)
- 2½ cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) tequila
- zest and juice of 3 to 4 limes
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- garnish of lime wedges or slices (optional)
- Using a stand mixer (or in a large bowl, using a hand mixer), beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until they’re smooth.
- Add the tequila, lime zest and juice, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
- Using a separate bowl, whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream-cheese mixture.
- Spoon the cheesecake mousse into serving dishes or glasses. Cover each dish with plastic wrap, then chill for at least 1 hour before serving.
- Garnish each dish with a lime wedge or slice, if desired.
- Want extra garnish? Just sprinkle on some additional lime zest.
- You could also garnish each dish with a dollop of whipped cream. Though that will make an already-rich dish even more decadent.
- Some recipes call for serving this dish with a graham cracker crust. We don’t recommend this unless you like graham crackers in your Margaritas.
- If you want to serve this dish with a crust, we recommend using one that’s made with saltines. See, for example, the crust we used in our recipe for Atlantic Beach Pie. The saltiness of this crust mimics the salty rim that some people like on Margarita cocktails.
- If you make this with a crust, you could tamp the crust down in a pie dish, then add the topping. This turns the dish into a pie that you can slice. We’ve made the dish both ways, and much prefer going the individual-serving route.
- The ramekins in our pictures hold 6 ounces, which makes for fairly large servings. You could use 4-ounce ramekins if you prefer.
- This dish also looks great when served in a fancy glass. Such as a cocktail glass, for example – with a lime slice for garnish.
- This dessert has some booze in it. Not a lot, but probably enough to cause a reaction for people who don’t tolerate alcohol.
- The tequila does add quite nice flavor to this dish. You could make it without, but the dish wouldn’t be as good.
“Yummo,” I said. “This dessert is perfect for summer dinner parties.”
“If we could have dinner parties,” said Mrs. Kitchen Riffs.
“Yeah, this social distancing is getting old,” I said. “But at least we can chill in our own private Margaritaville.”
“And with all the cream cheese and whipped cream in this dish, we won’t be wasting away,” said Mrs K R.
“Though we may go feral,” I said.
“True,” said Mrs K R. “We might need to learn socialization skills all over again.”
You mean, like not eating dessert first?
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Your recipe sounds fabulous, alas. Our principles for avoiding lockdown weight gain forbid us to indulge in such a luxuriant ingredient list -- we just have to skip eating almost pure cream cheese and whipping cream!
Be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com
Oh boy, I bet this is good! I make a lime ice cream and I bet this is similar, except for the tequila. Fabulous!
Hi Mae, we're getting out and walking every day, but aren't as active as we usually are. On the flip side, we're not going to restaurants, so the calories even out. We hope. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Mimi, bet it is similar! Like the idea of lime ice cream. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Oh, boy, you can see how luscious this mousse is from the photos!! Perfect for a summer dessert...though I'd indulge any time of year.
Oh, I gave up saving dessert for last years ago. This cheesecake sounds luscious! I love that it has tequila in it, and not merely margarita flavors.
Hi Liz, we DO serve this throughout the year, also probably more often during warm weather. And yeah, this is luscious. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Jeff, the tequila does add a nice, subtle ping. :-) Thanks for the comment.
This dish must be light in texture since there aren't any eggs. I make myself a Margarita once a week- so I'll definitely have to segway this into your special dessert!
Hi Fran, definitely a lighter texture than many cheesecakes. Margaritas are good cocktails, aren't they? One of our favorites! Thanks for the comment.
MMMMM. I've been craving a margarita lately. (You know, we hardly ever have them unless we're out eating Mexican food and that had definitely not been happening lately.) I think I'll halve this recipe for dessert tonight!
Hi Debra, you'll like this -- promise. :-) Thanks for the comment.
This really is a great summer dessert that everyone will love. You are right about the crust. I have never had a graham cracker with my margarita ;)
I know I would love this!!!
Hi Dahn, yeah, graham crackers get so soggy with margaritas. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Pam, you would! :-) Thanks for the comment.
What a fun idea. I’d serve it in margarita glasses just for fun. I’ll definitely try this. What’s not to love!
Hi Vicki, this looks terrific in margarita glasses! With a lime garnish, of course. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Truly a perfect summer dessert! I would love to have some too, John.
Hi Angie, one serving coming right up! :-) Thanks for the comment.
Sounds Incredible! And a must make soon. Pinning. Thanks John.
John, this is a brilliant recipe! Can't wait to try it. You bet ya! We are so not turning on the oven in this heat. Love this adult dessert so rich and creamy!
Hi Lea Ann, you really do need to make this. Soon. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Bobbi, we actually will turn on the oven, but not too often. Besides, this is such a great dish, why would we want to? :-) Thanks for the comment.
Oh My! (Said in a strong Alabama accent)
Hi Anne, indeed! :-) Thanks for the comment.
Sounds like the perfect weather for the hot days of summer. I love that you don't have to turn on the oven. So refreshing! Thanks for sharing!!
Hi Dawn, this is SO good. And cooling. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Isn't it the truth? Social skills are out the door! But that's OK when it comes to dessert!
Hi Abbe, pretty much anything goes when it comes to dessert. Good thing. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Looks heavenly and just perfect for a summer's evening. Yum.
oh yum yum this sounds delish especially cos it doesn't have gelatine in it!!
Looks so creamy and yum!
This sounds so good! What's not to like?!
Hi Amalia, heavenly is the perfect word! :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Sherry, this is SO worth trying -- bet you'd like it. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Natalia, yum indeed! Thanks for the comment.
Hi Caroline, exactly! :-) Thanks for the comment.
I love a no bake cheesecake anyday. I like them better than baked versions. This one will top the charts. Yum yum
Hi Ansh, this really is a chart-topper. :-) Thanks for the comment.
I made a margarita mousse once and it was so alcoholic that we got buzzed from dessert! No one really complained. Love the addition of cheese in yours!
It looks very delicious 😊
Hi David, sounds like a fun time! :-) Nice thing about the cream cheese is all the fat helps carry the tequila flavor, so you don't have to use that much. Thanks for the comment.
My life is depending on no-bake desserts right now in this heat!! Thank you!!
Hi Martyna, it is. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi Ashley, it's really, REALLY hot at the moment, isn't it? But no worries -- soon enough cooler weather will be here. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Yes, yes, and yes...this sound and look amazing...I am loving the idea of tequila in this no-bake dessert...such a lovely treat for the summer...thanks for the post John!
Have a great rest of the week!
Hi Juliana, I take it you like this dish. :-) Thanks for the comment.
This is good, definitely the mousse for me
Hi Raymund, it's really fantastic stuff. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Eating dessert first, why not especially this good looking mousse.
Hi Gerlinde, eating dessert first sometimes is fun! :-) Thanks for the comment.
I'd grab this one up in a hurry John or should I say Mrs. K R. You know, I know it's crazy, but your Margarita Cheesecake Mousse makes me want to put it on top of a crushed corn chip crust. Salty crunch on the bottom and margarita joy on the top. Problem is, I don't have a clue how one would make a corn chip crust...
Yes. I want some.
Hi Ron, interesting idea! I'll bet you could just crush the corn chips and mix with sugar and melted butter. Instant crust! I think that would work. Maybe. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Hi R, you need some! :-) Thanks for the comment.
Just a perfect little bite to end a meal. GREG
Hi Greg, isn't it, though? :-) Thanks for the comment.
Your mousse looks scrumptious! So easy and light, just right for summer.
Hi Balvinder, really easy to make, and it goes down easy. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Oh YUM! My mouth is already watering. Key lime pie is my favorite and I can tell that this is a great alternativ and easier to make. Thanks for sharing John!
Hi MJ, this has a kinda sorta similar flavor to Key Lime pie. And much easier to make, as you noticed. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Now doesn't this sound yummy? And easy to make. I even think I have all the ingredients in the kitche. Bookmarked for a try out very soon!
Hi Frank, this is mainly a company dish for us -- so rich, when we make a full batch we don't want to eat the whole thing. Much better to share with people. Of course it's easy enough to make a half batch, which is what we did for this post. Still have a bit leftover in the freezer -- sounds like breakfast. :-) Thanks for the comment.
This is the easiest cheesecake -- ever. And bonus points that it tastes like one of my favorite cocktails, too, complete with lime and salt.
Hi Carolyn, this is an outstanding dessert. SO worth making. :-) Thanks for the comment.
This could be the official dessert of summer! The saltine crust suggestion sounds great. I'd love to try it with and without!
Hi Lisa, definitely the official dessert of summer! :-) Thanks for the comment.
No bake desserts are the way to go with it so hot outside, and your cheesecake mousse sounds so amazingly delicious! Plus I really love how it doesn't take too many ingredients!!
Hi Heidi, cool stuff for hot weather. :-) Thanks for the comment.
We’re in stage 2 of opening so we’ve had several outdoor dinner parties with one other couple. This looks like a perfect way to end a meal. I wonder if you could put it into an ice cream machy?
Hi Eva, interesting idea with the ice cream machine. Worth experimenting! :-) Thanks for the comment.
Posting a cocktail inspired recipe when not posting a cocktail. I like the way you think :)
Hi Laura, we're just bad, aren't we? :-) Thanks for the comment.
Love the flavors in this mousse, John. Can't resist the combination of lime and cream cheese!
Hi Kelly, this is wonderful stuff -- TONS of flavor. Tons. :-) Thanks for the comment.
Oh my goodness, this is a dessert I know we will love. We may skip the tequila so I can serve it to the kids, but I already know I will have to make myself stop eating this LOL Love this recipe, John!
Hi Marcelle, you'll lose a little bit of flavor without the tequila, but just a little. It'll still be good stuff. :-) Thanks for the comment.
One refreshing dessert perfect for sumemrtime fun.
Hi Denise, yup! :-) Thanks for the comment.
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