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Strawberry Margaritas are an easy-to-make, refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for serving on any occasion, from game night with friends to July Fourth! This fruity, fresh drink has only five simple ingredients and tastes like you’re sipping on summer!
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As you probably know by now, I am a big fan of fresh produce, especially fresh berries, which means I’m also a big supporter of my local farmer’s markets. This time of year, I tend to have more fresh strawberries than I know what to do with; that’s how I came up with this tasty drink recipe.
The BEST Strawberry Margarita recipe has to have a secret ingredient, and my secret is that I make my own strawberry juice instead of buying it at the store! This recipe for margaritas is simple, straightforward, and downright delicious, and it’s perfect for any occasion!
Ingredients For The Best Strawberry Margaritas
- Fresh Strawberries
- Sugar – you can substitute agave, honey, or simple syrup if you want.
- Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
- Tequila – tequila Blanco and reposado tequila are good choices for this drink.
- Cointreau – you can substitute triple sec or other orange liqueur.
- Strawberries and Lime Wedges – used for garnish.
Can A Strawberry Margarita Be Made Without Alcohol?
This drink can easily be turned into a “mocktail” with all the delicious, fruity flavors of a margarita but without alcohol. Here’s how to make it:
- Make the strawberry juice with strawberries, sugar, and lime juice. Taste and adjust the sweetness if needed.
- Fill a glass with ice cubes.
- Pour the strawberry mixture over the ice until the glass is about three-quarters full.
- Top off the glass with sparkling water or soda water.
- Garnish with fresh strawberries or lime, and serve.
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How To Make Strawberry Juice
It’s so easy to make strawberry juice, and you only need three ingredients and a blender. Place the washed, capped, and sliced strawberries, along with the sugar and lime juice, in a blender. Blend until smooth, and the strawberries are puréed.
How To Prep The Glasses And Serve
Rimming the glasses is a fun and fancy way to serve a classic margarita recipe. Here’s how I do it:
- Place the glasses in the fridge or freezer for 15 minutes to chill.
- Rub a lime wedge along the rim of the glasses and dip it into a plate of kosher salt. For an extra flavor boost, mix salt and sugar together on the plate before dipping the glass.
- Gently place ice cubes in the rimmed glasses, being careful not to knock the salt off the rim.
- Pour the margaritas from the cocktail shaker over the ice.
- Garnish with a strawberry and extra lime slices, and enjoy!
What To Serve With Cool Strawberry Margaritas
Fresh strawberry margaritas are the epitome of summer indulgence. They are perfect for sipping on lazy weekends and great when you’re entertaining. I like to serve them with:
Frequently Asked Questions With Answers
Yes, you can. Using frozen strawberries in the recipe will give your margaritas a slightly different texture and flavor compared to using fresh strawberries. The frozen berries will add a frosty and slushy consistency to the margaritas.
Yes, just about any other fruit will work in this recipe. Raspberries, blackberries, or even a combination of berries can be used to create delicious variations of margaritas. Peaches and watermelon are also great to use.
Traditionally, margaritas are served with a salted rim. Salt gives a nice contrast to the sweet, fresh fruit flavor of the drink. That being said, I have heard of folks using a sugar-rimmed glass instead.
It’s best to enjoy this drink right after you make it, but If you need to store it, refrigerate the margarita mixture in a covered container for up to 24 hours and stir before serving.
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- 2 cups capped and sliced strawberries.
- 4 Tablespoons sugar – more or less depending on sweetness of strawberries.
- 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice.
- 1 cup strawberry juice
- 1 cup Tequila
- ⅓ cup Cointreau
- ⅓ cup fresh lime juice
- Place strawberries, sugar and lime juice in a blender and purée
- Drain in a sieve or mesh colander to remove any seeds and save the juice
- Place glasses in the freezer to chill for 15 minutes.
- Once chilled, rim glass with lime and dip into sea salt.
- Mix strawberry juice, tequila, and Cointreau in a shaker.
- Pour margaritas over ice, garnish with a strawberry or lime slice and serve.
This post was originally published in May, 2012, and updates in May, 2023.