Strawberry Margarita on theĀ Rocks

May  1, 2021
5 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

I love fruit margaritas, but often the frozen kind are made with fruit-flavored syrups instead of real fruit. This strawberry margarita on the rocks calls for whole strawberries and absolutely zero of the sweet and sour mix that can make for a cloyingly sweet, artificial-tasting drink.

You can easily substitute frozen strawberries for fresh if they're out of season (or if you just have frozen strawberries handy). Let the berries thaw in a bowl in the refrigerator for four to six hours, then drain off the excess water before using. You can also microwave frozen strawberries on the defrost setting for about 30 seconds to save time. That said, peak-season strawberries truly make this margarita shine, and this recipe is a perfect way to use up that juicy, flavor-packed hot weather bounty in about five minutes.

Homemade or store-bought simple syrup works well for this strawberry margarita. To make your own, heat equal parts of granulated sugar and water over medium heat until fully dissolved, let cool, pour into a jar or bottle, and refrigerate until ready to use. The syrup will keep for about a month and can be used as-is or infused with spices, aromatic herbs, or fruit to make all kinds of sweet cocktails.

A little salt balances the sweetness of the strawberries and enhances the tartness and flavor of the orange liqueur and lime juice. Feel free to rim the glass with regular coarse or infused salt (like lime or mint) before pouring in the drink for extra complexity. Serve this strawberry margarita alongside a salty snack, like chips and guacamole or plantain chips, to enhance this effect. —Marshmallows&Margaritas

Test Kitchen Notes

This was very good. It's very straight forward and there is a ton of strawberry to keep it from being too much for a spring afternoon. I quite enjoyed it. —Sarahgreenbean

What You'll Need
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Strawberry Margarita on theĀ Rocks
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh strawberries (or frozen and thawed)
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • 2 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur (like triple sec)
  • 2 ounces 100% agave tequila
  • salt, for the rim (optional)
  • 2 lime wedges
  1. Cut the stems off the strawberries and place the in a blender with 2 tablespoons of simple syrup. Pulse the blender a few times until you have a liquid with some small pieces of strawberry.
  2. Stir the strawberry mixture together with the lime juice, orange liqueur, and tequila, then taste. Add more simple syrup a tablespoon at a time, if desired.
  3. Shake or stir the mixture with plenty of ice to chill, then pour into two salt-rimmed glasses over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish each margarita with a lime wedge, and serve.

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3 Reviews

Bechelli May 15, 2021
Enjoying this as I write this review. Beautiful gleaming red and delicious. Used my Vitamix blender and Smug juicer and pewter shaker I purchased from Food 52. You guys are killers.
Vera C. July 8, 2017
Enjoying this as I type! LOVE that it is a small recipe (for just me) and I pretty much always have Simple Syrup on hand. I used Grand Marnier and also my immersion blender to mix it together.
Dina M. May 1, 2015
so pretty! can't wait to try it.