Strawberry Margarita

This strawberry margarita is cool, icy, tangy, and so refreshing! This fruity spin on the classic cocktail is quick and easy using frozen berries.

Strawberry Margarita

Love margaritas and want another spin? Try this tasty and refreshing variation: a Strawberry Margarita! This one is icy and fruity, full of berry flavor but perfectly complimented with tangy lime and the bite of tequila. The marg pairs perfectly with fruit, and we’ve already got several fruity margarita recipes under our belt: watermelon, blackberry, mango and peach. When Alex and I whipped up this latest, we fell in love with its vibrant color and sweet tart flavor. Here’s how to make it!

What’s in a strawberry margarita?

The margarita is a classic cocktail; it’s actually on the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails. This means that there’s an “official” definition of the ingredients in a margarita: lime juice, Cointreau, and tequila. That’s what’s in our Classic Margarita, our very favorite of them all.

This strawberry margarita is less like the classic and more like a frozen margarita. It’s made in a blender, and comes out with more of a frozen texture! Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Frozen strawberries
  • Tequila (use blanco or reposado)
  • Cointreau
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Agave syrup or simple syrup
  • Ice
Strawberry Margarita

How to make a strawberry margarita

The strawberry margarita is made in a blender, so it’s not the standard way to make a margarita like our Classic Margarita. It’s actually even easier than a classic, because you don’t need a cocktail shaker. Plus, this strawberry margarita makes two drinks, so you can make Here’s what to do (or go to the full recipe below):

  1. Rim the glass with salt. A salted rim is a must here! Why? The salt enhances the sweet and sour flavors in the drink! More on that, below.
  2. Blend! Throw all the ingredients in a blender and blend until it’s full combined and creamy. There are two options for the texture of this margarita: keep reading…
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Want it less icy? Keep blending.

The texture of this strawberry margarita is icy, but you can also make it more of a room temperature fruity margarita. How? Just keep blending it! If you blend for a few minutes, it will become less icy and have more of a blended, juice like texture.

  • Icy texture. Keep it frozen for a smoothie-like texture: blend just until it’s fully integrated and icy.
  • Juicy texture. If you keep blending for a few minutes, you can get to a texture that’s more like juice. It’s still cold, but you can taste the flavors even more when it’s not as icy.

Which do we prefer? Well, we like it both ways! Personally I like it a little warmer so I can taste the sweet berries and edge of the tequila. But keep it icy and it’s a perfect summer cocktail for a hot afternoon on the patio.

Can I use fresh strawberries instead of frozen?

Yes! Do you have some delicious ripe strawberries on hand? By all means use them in this recipe! The texture will come out more like the juicy texture mentioned above, which is just as tasty (or more so).

The advantage of using frozen berries? They get a more icy texture if that’s what you’re looking for. It’s also nice to have the ability to store the berries for long periods of time and whip up a strawberry margarita on demand, vs having to find great tasting fresh berries that you have to use in a few days.

Strawberry margarita

What tequila for strawberry margaritas?

You can use any type of tequila for this strawberry margarita, but keep the following in mind:

  • Buy at least mid-range tequila: none of that cheap stuff! This cocktail tastes only as good as the quality of alcohol. So try to get a mid-price tequila: you can taste the difference.
  • Blanco or reposado works: fruity margaritas can get away with blanco. Alex and I love the nuance that comes with using tequila reposado (aged tequila) in margaritas. But for this fruity margarita with an icy texture, you can use tequila blanco! Because there’s so much flavor and texture going on with the strawberries, you need less nuance.

When to serve a strawberry margarita

When you need a change-up in your margarita, try this strawberry margarita! Since it has an icy texture, it’s especially suited for summer.

  • Summer drink
  • Pool party or lake house drink
  • Happy hour drink
  • Dinner party drink
  • Cinco de Mayo drink
  • Girls night, bachelorette party or bridal shower drink
  • Cocktail hour drink
Strawberry magarita

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Strawberry Margarita

Perfect Strawberry Margarita (Easy & Refreshing!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 drinks 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This strawberry margarita is cool, icy, tangy, and so refreshing! This fruity spin on the classic cocktail is quick and easy using frozen berries.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) tequila*
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) Cointreau
  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen whole strawberries (fresh work too!)
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup, agave syrup, or maple syrup
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Cut a notch in a lime wedge, then run the lime around the rim of two glasses. Dip the edge of each rim into a plate of salt (or for a festive look, use our Margarita Salt).
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until fully combined: you can blend until it’s an icy texture, or keep blending for a minute or so until it’s more liquid. Taste and add additional sweetener if desired. Pour into the glasses and serve.

Notes

*Easily doubles for 4 drinks (or triples, based on the size of your blender).

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: Strawberry margarita

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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