Strawberry Margarita with Lime Ice

This strawberry margarita recipe features tart rhubarb and flavored ice cubes. When melted, the ice adds zesty lime instead of watering down the drink!

Strawberry margarita

Margaritas! Just saying the word sounds like a party, and as of late this drink has endeared itself to a special place in my heart. It’s more than just a drink to me; it’s a festive feeling, like camaraderie + celebration. Right? We have a little place up the road that serves killer margaritas and chips + salsa, and it’s become my default. Girl’s night? Margaritas. Graduated? Margaritas. Made it to Friday? Margaritas. Such is the inspiration for this strawberry margarita; keep reading for the recipe.

Strawberry margarita

Making this strawberry margarita

This strawberry margarita with mint lime ice is a little toast to spring, using seasonal produce that is starting to pop here in Indiana. It’s also inspired by a recent trip to California for a retreat with some fellow bloggers, where I was greeted by a Meyer lemon margarita upon arrival. It was the ultimate gesture of hospitality, in my mind! The tart rhubarb is a perfect foil to the sweet strawberry, and we’ve added a little flair: mint lime ice cubes!

A note on flavored ice cubes

These flavored ice cubes are more than just pretty! Freezing fresh mint leaves inside give the ice cubes a fun vibe, and they’ve got something even more fun inside that’s invisible: lime juice! This genius move helps the drink from getting watered down as the ice melts. When the flavored ice cubes melt, they only add to the zesty lime instead of watering down the drink!

We might be biased, but we think this strawberry margarita is a perfect cocktail recipe for your next festive occasion; let us know if you give it a try.

Strawberry margarita

Strawberry season

Is there anything better than going to the farmer’s market to get a pint of ripe, seasonal strawberries? The earthy sweet flavor of a local berry is one of life’s great pleasures, in our opinion! This strawberry margarita would be even better using fresh and local strawberries, if you can find them! Here are a few of our favorite strawberry recipes:

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This recipe is…

This strawberry margarita is vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Strawberry Margarita


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This strawberry margarita recipe features tart rhubarb and flavored ice cubes. When melted, the ice adds zesty lime instead of watering down the drink!


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Ingredients

  • 5 limes
  • 1 handful mint leaves
  • 2 cups rhubarb, chopped
  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 8 ounces tequila
  • Orange bitters
  • Salt, for serving

Instructions

  1. For the ice, mix together 1 cup water, juice from 1 lime (3 tablespoons), and lime zest. Pour into ice cube tray. Float a few mint leaves in each cube and freeze.
  2. Clean and roughly chop the rhubarb and strawberries. In a saucepan combine 1 cup water, sugar, strawberries, rhubarb, and 1 pinch kosher salt. Simmer until the rhubarb breaks down, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain and cool. Measure out 1 ½ cups (if the syrup is not quite 1 ½ cups, add a bit of water.)
  3. For each margarita, stir 3 ounces syrup, 3 ounces tequila (to taste), 1 ounce lime juice, and a few dashes of orange bitters. Serve in a salt-rimmed glass over ice.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Strawberry margarita, Margarita Recipe, Strawberry recipes, Rhubarb Recipes, Rhubarb Margarita, Mint Ice, Mint Recipes, Lime Ice, Flavored Ice Cubes

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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.

3 Comments

  • Reply
    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    May 16, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Your getaway sounded amazing Sonja. And these margaritas are calling my name, I can almost taste the flavors. I miss those casual neighborhood places you talk about that serve margaritas and chips + salsa. Have a few extra sips and bites for me next time you go!

  • Reply
    Allyson
    May 16, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Your trip sounds absolutely wonderful. The scenery is gorgeous and the food looks divine. Wow. A California getaway may not be on the docket anytime soon, but these margaritas are. I love the idea of mint infused ice.

  • Reply
    Amelia @ Eating Made Easy
    May 16, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Take me back!!!!! Loved this trip down memory lane, Sonja. Miss you and our whole group! xoxo

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