Strawberry Margarita Cocktail Drink

Strawberry Margarita

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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For those wanting a stellar drink, the Strawberry Margarita recipe contains the essential ingredients to craft an exquisite cocktail. It’s easy to make and serves up pure refreshment.

Strawberry Margarita Recipe

Dive into our Strawberry Margarita recipe! Made with tequila, fresh strawberries, and a hint of lime, this vibrant cocktail is a summer must-have.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

2 minutes

Servings:

1

Calories:

315 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
  • ½ oz agave syrup, or simple syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • Salt, for rimming, optional
  • Fresh strawberry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Margarita Glass
  • Lime Wedge (for rimming)

Instructions

  • Blend: In a blender, combine 2 oz Tequila, 1 oz triple sec, 1 oz lime juice, 1 cup fresh strawberries, ½ oz agave syrup, and crushed ice. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour: Transfer the blended mix into a Margarita glass.
  • Garnish: Add a fresh strawberry to the rim of the glass.

Notes

 Substitutes:

  • Tequila: When I've run out of tequila, I've reached for mezcal. It offers a smoky twist, which can be delightful. White rum can be a decent alternative if you're not up for that.
  • Triple Sec: In a bind, I've swapped Triple Sec with Cointreau or Grand Marnier. Both are orange liqueurs but bring slightly different profiles.
  • Agave Syrup: Honey is a quick substitute for agave syrup but has a distinctive taste. Simple syrup or stevia is a neutral alternative.
  • Fresh Strawberries: Frozen strawberries can be a lifesaver. They might make the drink slightly colder, so adjust the ice accordingly.

Making a Pitcher of Strawberry Margarita:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. This would mean 16 oz of tequila, 8 oz of triple sec, 8 oz of lime juice, 8 cups of strawberries, and 4 oz of agave syrup.
  • Blend: In a large blender, combine all the ingredients with crushed ice and blend until smooth.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into salt-rimmed Margarita glasses, garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Look for non-alcoholic tequila alternatives available in the market that mimic the taste without the alcohol.
  • Triple Sec Substitute: For a non-alcoholic version, use orange juice or an orange extract mixed with simple syrup.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use the non-alcoholic substitutes, blend, and enjoy a virgin Strawberry Margarita.

Making it Vegan:

The above recipe is already vegan-friendly. However, ensure the agave syrup or any other substitute you choose is certified vegan. Some processing methods might involve non-vegan practices. Always check the label.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
315
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.1
g
1
%
Sodium
 
5
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
33
g
11
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
26
g
29
%
Potassium
 
264
mg
8
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Vitamin A
 
31
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
96
mg
116
%
Calcium
 
27
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Strawberry Margarita Cocktail Drink

Strawberry Margarita Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Dive into our Strawberry Margarita recipe! Made with tequila, fresh strawberries, and a hint of lime, this vibrant cocktail is a summer must-have.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 315

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz lime juice - freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries - hulled and halved
  • ½ oz agave syrup - or simple syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • Salt - for rimming, optional
  • Fresh strawberry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Margarita Glass
  • Lime Wedge (for rimming)

Instructions

  • Blend: In a blender, combine 2 oz Tequila, 1 oz triple sec, 1 oz lime juice, 1 cup fresh strawberries, ½ oz agave syrup, and crushed ice. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour: Transfer the blended mix into a Margarita glass.
  • Garnish: Add a fresh strawberry to the rim of the glass.

Notes

 Substitutes:

  • Tequila: When I've run out of tequila, I've reached for mezcal. It offers a smoky twist, which can be delightful. White rum can be a decent alternative if you're not up for that.
  • Triple Sec: In a bind, I've swapped Triple Sec with Cointreau or Grand Marnier. Both are orange liqueurs but bring slightly different profiles.
  • Agave Syrup: Honey is a quick substitute for agave syrup but has a distinctive taste. Simple syrup or stevia is a neutral alternative.
  • Fresh Strawberries: Frozen strawberries can be a lifesaver. They might make the drink slightly colder, so adjust the ice accordingly.

Making a Pitcher of Strawberry Margarita:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. This would mean 16 oz of tequila, 8 oz of triple sec, 8 oz of lime juice, 8 cups of strawberries, and 4 oz of agave syrup.
  • Blend: In a large blender, combine all the ingredients with crushed ice and blend until smooth.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into salt-rimmed Margarita glasses, garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Look for non-alcoholic tequila alternatives available in the market that mimic the taste without the alcohol.
  • Triple Sec Substitute: For a non-alcoholic version, use orange juice or an orange extract mixed with simple syrup.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use the non-alcoholic substitutes, blend, and enjoy a virgin Strawberry Margarita.

Making it Vegan:

The above recipe is already vegan-friendly. However, ensure the agave syrup or any other substitute you choose is certified vegan. Some processing methods might involve non-vegan practices. Always check the label.

What is a Strawberry Margarita?

Strawberry Margarita is a twist on the margarita cocktail, incorporating fresh strawberries. Originating from the classic Margarita’s roots, this version adds a fruity dimension to the popular drink. While many believe the strawberry addition modernizes the cocktail, the essence remains rooted in its margarita heritage. It’s not just a favorite among fruit lovers but is universally appreciated for its refreshing taste.

A side shot of a Strawberry Margarita in a hurricane glass on a silver metal tray on a black table surrounded by a strainer, a red cloth and a strawberry.

What is a Fresh Strawberry Margarita made of – The ingredients

To make your own Strawberry Margarita, make sure to have these ingredients ready:

  • Tequila: The primary alcoholic base that gives the cocktail its characteristic kick.
  • Triple Sec: An orange-flavored liqueur that adds depth and a hint of citrus sweetness.
  • Lime Juice: Provides a tangy contrast, brightening up the flavors.
  • Fresh Strawberries: Contribute natural sweetness and a fruity dimension to the cocktail.
  • Simple Syrup or Agave Syrup: Sweetens the mix, balancing the tartness of lime and the bite of tequila.
  • Ice: Chills the drink, enhancing its refreshing quality.
  • Salt (for rimming, optional): Adds a savory touch to contrast the sweetness, often applied to the rim of the glass.

Tequila, triple sec, agave syrup, lime juice and two strawberries laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Strawberry Margarita?

Learn how to make your own Strawberry Margarita with our straightforward guide:

1
<p>Pour Tequila into the blender.</p>

Pour Tequila into the blender.

2
<p>Add Triple Sec to the blender.</p>

Add Triple Sec to the blender.

3
<p>Add lime juice to the mix.</p>

Add lime juice to the mix.

4
<p>Add agave syrup to the mix.</p>

Add agave syrup to the mix.

5
<p>Add fresh strawberry to the blender.</p>

Add fresh strawberry to the blender.

6
<p>Add crushed ice to the blender to ensure your drink is well-chilled.</p>

Add crushed ice to the blender to ensure your drink is well-chilled.

7
<p>Blend all the ingredients until you achieve a smooth consistency.</p>

Blend all the ingredients until you achieve a smooth consistency.

8
<p>Pour the blended mixture into the prepped glass, ensuring you don't disturb the salted rim.</p>

Pour the blended mixture into the prepped glass, ensuring you don't disturb the salted rim.

9
<p>Optionally, garnish with a fresh strawberry or a lime wedge on the rim of the glass for an added touch.</p>

Optionally, garnish with a fresh strawberry or a lime wedge on the rim of the glass for an added touch.

Strawberry Margarita Mixers

Diving into the world of pre-mixed Strawberry Margaritas can be a treat, especially when you’re pressed for time. One of the front-runners in the canned cocktail scene is Jose Cuervo. Their Strawberry Margarita mix hits the mark with the right balance between sweetness and tanginess, and it’s a favorite among many for its consistency and flavor. Another notable brand is Cayman Jack. It offers a slightly more natural strawberry taste, with less of the sugary aftertaste you might find in other pre-made options. But if I were to pick one out of the crowd, I’d lean towards Cutwater Spirits. Their Strawberry Margarita maintains a rich, authentic strawberry flavor paired with a smooth tequila base. It’s refreshingly close to a freshly made cocktail and is a top pick for those ready-to-drink moments.

A Strawberry Margarita cocktail, shot from above, in a hurricane glass on a white marmol table surrounded by Tequila, triple sec, agave syrup, lime juice, two limes, and three strawberries

Strawberry Margarita on the Rocks

The Strawberry Margarita on the Rocks is the cooler, no-nonsense sibling of the blended version. Imagine the classic Margarita you love, then amp it up with fresh strawberry flavor. Instead of blending everything to a frosty finish, this one’s all about keeping things straightforward: pour it over a generous helping of ice. Every sip brings forward the crispness of tequila, the tang of lime, and the natural sweetness of ripe strawberries. It’s a vibrant, refreshing drink. For those looking for a straightforward, bold Margarita experience with a fruity twist, going “on the rocks” is the way to roll.

Strawberry Margarita with Vodka or Gin

Switching the base spirit in a Strawberry Margarita can lead to exciting flavor profiles. Opting for vodka, for instance, provides a neutral backdrop that lets the strawberry shine. Brands like Smirnoff or Absolut are reliable choices that mingle seamlessly with the fruity flavors. On the other hand, gin, with its botanical notes, can introduce a refreshing layer of complexity. Brands such as Tanqueray or Bombay Sapphire complement fruity concoctions rather well. But if you’re keen on a top pick for a Strawberry Margarita twist, I’d tip my hat to Hendrick’s Gin. Its subtle cucumber and rose undertones marry beautifully with the strawberry, creating a delightful and unexpected harmony in the drink.

A close side shot of a Strawberry Margarita cocktail in a hurricane glasson a black table with a red cloth around.

Strawberry Margarita Variations

Curious to try a different version? Try one of our hand picked variations:

  1. Strawberry Rose Margarita: This refreshing blend includes the sweet, floral notes of rose with juicy strawberries. The aromatic rose complements the fruity berry flavor, making it both delightful and fragrant. I adore how the rose essence elevates the freshness of strawberries; it’s like sipping a bouquet.
  2. Strawberry Ginger Margarita: A zesty combination that mixes the sharp, spicy kick of ginger with the sweetness of strawberries. The ginger not only adds a piquant bite but also a nice warmth that balances the sweetness.
  3. Strawberry Cucumber Margarita: This pairing offers a cool, crisp twist with the addition of cucumber, which lightens the rich strawberry flavor. The cucumber’s freshness makes it exceptionally soothing on a hot day.
  4. Strawberry Kiwi Margarita: This blend marries the tartness of kiwi with the sweetness of strawberries, creating a vibrant and tangy medley. The kiwi brings a bright, acidic contrast, which invigorates the palate.
  5. Strawberry Pineapple Margarita: A tropical fusion that combines strawberries with the lush, sweet flavor of pineapple. This combination results in a bold, fruity mixture that is both refreshing and rich in taste.
  6. Spicy Strawberry Margarita: This tantalizing mix includes a dash of heat, typically from jalapeño or another chili, which infuses the sweet strawberry base with a spicy flare. The heat intertwines beautifully with the sweetness, offering a thrilling taste experience. I’m particularly fond of the unexpected warmth here; it’s exciting and tickles the taste buds in just the right way.
  7. Strawberry Mango Margarita: This blend features the luscious, creamy flavor of mango along with the brightness of strawberries. The mango adds a velvety texture and tropical sweetness that enhances the overall savoriness.
  8. Strawberry Basil Margarita: An aromatic fusion that incorporates fresh basil leaves with strawberries. The herbal notes of basil punctuate the sweetness of the strawberries, creating a sophisticated and earthy profile.

A Strawberry Margarita cocktail, shot from above, in a hurricane glass on a silver tray on a black table surrounded by a strainer, a red cloth and two limes around.

History and Origin of the Strawberry Margarita

The Strawberry Margarita, a fruity spin on the classic Margarita, doesn’t have as clear-cut an origin story as its traditional counterpart. The story of the classic Margarita traces back to the 1930s and 1940s in Mexico, though multiple tales claim its invention, and pinpointing the exact creator proves elusive.

The strawberry version’s popularity likely coincides with the general trend in the latter half of the 20th century, where bartenders and mixologists began experimenting with fruit-flavored variations of classic drinks. The availability of blenders in bars, which became widespread in the 1950s, also played a pivotal role. Blenders allowed bartenders to seamlessly incorporate fresh or frozen fruits into cocktails, paving the way for fruity concoctions like the Strawberry Margarita.

 

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FAQ

How many calories are in a typical Strawberry Margarita?
A standard serving usually contains 200-250 calories, depending on the ingredients and serving size.
How strong is a Strawberry Margarita in terms of alcohol content?
The average Strawberry Margarita has an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 20-25%, which equates to 40-50 proof.
What alcohol is the primary base for a Strawberry Margarita?
Tequila serves as the primary alcoholic base in a Strawberry Margarita.
In which type of glass should you serve a Strawberry Margarita?
Traditionally, it's served in a margarita glass, but it can also be presented in an Old Fashioned or rocks glass.
What does a Strawberry Margarita taste like?
It offers a sweet and tart profile, combining the fruity notes of strawberries with the tanginess of lime and tequila kick.
What's the typical ratio of ingredients in a Strawberry Margarita?
The general ratio is 2 parts tequila, 1 part triple sec, 1 part lime juice, and a handful of strawberries, though it can vary based on personal preference.
How is a Strawberry Margarita served with ice?
It is usually blended with ice, presenting a slushie-like consistency.

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