How to Make Strawberry Margaritas

By Raechel Donahue
  • Start to Finish: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner

The fresh taste of fruit with a sugary edge gives a tequila margarita an especially deceptive power. While the salty lime kick of a traditional margarita complements spicy Mexican food, the sweet taste of a strawberry margarita pairs well with desserts or can be a dessert on its own. Serve these drinks at a garden party or Sunday brunch, or along with strawberry shortcake as the piece de resistance for a dramatic meal.

Ingredients

For Frozen Margaritas

  • 2/3 cup crushed ice
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 1/2 ounces simple syrup
  • 4 ounces white or silver agave tequila
  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Sugar for rimming, spread in a saucer
  • 2 lime slices, slit on one side

For Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

For Fresh Fruit Margaritas

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled, sliced and frozen for 1 hour
  • 3/4 cup crushed ice
  • 4 ounces 100 percent agave tequila
  • 1 1/2 ounces Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, simple syrup or agave syrup
  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Sugar for rimming, spread in a saucer
  • 2 strawberries with tops on, slit slightly lengthwise on the tip

Blend It

Make the simple syrup by cooking the water and sugar until thick. That's simple syrup. Refrigerate any unused syrup for your next batch of margaritas.

Pulse the ice and berries until the berries break down. Add the liquid ingredients and puree until smooth. The longer you blend, the thinner the margarita will become; let your preference in texture be your guide.

Run the lime wedge around the edge of the glass and dip the rim of the glass into the saucer of sugar.

Pour the margarita mixture into the glass and slip the slit lime or berries over the rim.

Serving Suggestions and Substitutions

  • Serve with stemmed strawberries and Mexican crema or sour cream.
  • Even though the strawberry margarita is a sweet drink, it goes well with lighter Mexican dishes such as tostadas and fish tacos.
  • Mix other berries in with the strawberries or add some watermelon.
  • If your budget is tight, use triple sec instead of Cointreau or Grand Marnier.