Red, White and Blue(berry) Margaritas

May 23, 2014 by Ali

Red White and Blue(berry) Margaritas -- easy to make, and perfect for Memorial Day or the 4th of July! | gimmesomeoven.com #drink #recipe

Some days are just meant for spontaneity.

For me, yesterday was one of them.

After a morning of meetings and an early afternoon spent cranking out a freelancing project, I had a little epiphany and realized the reason why half of my friends were going to be out of town for the weekend — Memorial Day!! Yes, ever since leaving behind the world of water coolers and working from home, I seem to always space off Monday holidays. But I suddenly realized that we are long overdue on the blog for a good ol’ red white and blue recipe. So I decided to use up the fresh berries I just purchased for smoothies and make my other favorite frozen drink – margaritas. Mmmm.

They turned out to be firecracker-rific. But the recipe made about 6 servings worth. So I decided to see if I could round up some neighbors for a quick early happy hour.

But before I could text them, one of my other friends texted and said that she had some last-minute tickets available for an early screening of a movie I had been super excited to see — The Fault In Our Stars. Eeeee! I don’t know about you, but I loved the book and had been regularly stalking the filming and trailers online waiting for this to come out. And the theater is just about 10 blocks away from my loft.

So left my door unlocked, texted my neighbors that there were a bunch of fresh margs for the taking when they came home from work, sprinted to the theater, and then (happily) bawled my eyes out while my neighbors enjoyed these red white and blue margaritas.

Happiness all around. :)

Red White and Blue(berry) Margaritas -- easy to make, and perfect for Memorial Day or the 4th of July! | gimmesomeoven.com #drink #recipe

Ok, first a word about the movie. It was definitely one of those books I loved so much that I walked into the movie more than a little worried that it would not live up to expectations. But you guys — it was amazing!

Don’t worry, I won’t give any spoilers. Except to bring your Kleenex (of course). And rest easy knowing that the screenwriting, casting, laughs, tears — everything — totally honor the book. And if you’re a teenager, get ready to majorly crush on a cute boy named Ansel.

Red White and Blue(berry) Margaritas -- easy to make, and perfect for Memorial Day or the 4th of July! | gimmesomeoven.com #drink #recipe

As for the margaritas, well, I have to admit that they actually turned out way better than I expected!

I was more than a little worried that they would be a color-bleeding frozen mess. But once I got each of the layers thick enough, they stacked quite nicely. And even once they did start to melt, I thought the layers all tasted delicious together!

As far as margaritas go, they also could hardly be easier. I just used the same base frozen margarita recipe for each one, and then added in…

Red White and Blue(berry) Margaritas -- easy to make, and perfect for Memorial Day or the 4th of July! | gimmesomeoven.com #drink #recipe

…frozen strawberries for the “red”…

Red White and Blue(berry) Margaritas -- easy to make, and perfect for Memorial Day or the 4th of July! | gimmesomeoven.com #drink #recipe

…coconut milk for the “white” (although you could just do classic lime margs if you’re anti coconut)…

Red White and Blue(berry) Margaritas -- easy to make, and perfect for Memorial Day or the 4th of July! | gimmesomeoven.com #drink #recipe

…and frozen blueberries for the “blue”. (Yes, they’re more on the purple side, but I wanted to avoid blue liqueurs and food coloring.)

Blend them all up, layer them in some glasses, stick a little foil firecracker in the top if you’d like, and get ready for a very colorful patriotic toast!

Red White and Blue(berry) Margaritas -- easy to make, and perfect for Memorial Day or the 4th of July! | gimmesomeoven.com #drink #recipe

Speaking of which, I couldn’t decide what to name these guys. So I consulted our wonderfully creative crew on Facebook for a better name, and they came up with a fabulous list. Some of my favorites were:

  • Firecracker-ritas
  • Grown-Up Bomb Pops
  • Sparklaritas
  • ‘merica Margaritas
  • Freedom-ritas
  • …and my favorite, Red White & Buzzed :)

Whatever you call them, I’m pretty sure they will be the hit of your Memorial Day, or 4th of July, or any day you feel like toasting to all things red white and blue.

Big cheers to all of the amazing men and women who have served and are continuing to serve our country so courageously over the years. And I wish you all a safe — and even spontaneous — Memorial Day.

Red White and Blue(berry) Margaritas -- easy to make, and perfect for Memorial Day or the 4th of July! | gimmesomeoven.com #drink #recipe

Red, White & Blue(berry) Margaritas

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 cups

Ingredients

    Frozen Strawberry Margarita Ingredients:
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (or honey)
  • extra ice, if needed
  • Frozen Blueberry Margarita Ingredients:
  • 1 cup (12 ounces) frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (or honey)
  • extra ice, if needed
  • Frozen Coconut Margarita Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (I recommend full-fat)
  • 1/2 cup silver tequila
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (or honey)
  • extra ice, if needed
  • Optional: a fresh lime wedge and margarita salt or sugar, to rim the glasses

Method

For each of the margarita recipes, add the five ingredients to a blender and pulse until completely smooth. If the mixture is too thin, add extra ice until it is the consistency of a thick slushy. Pour into a container, and store in the freezer while you rinse the blender to make the next batch.

If you would like to rim your glasses with salt or sugar, make a small slit in a fresh lime wedge and run it around the tops of your glasses to wet the edges. Then invert the glasses, and dip them in a bowl of salt or sugar to coat the rims.

Use a spoon to scoop your desired first flavor of margaritas into the bottom of your serving glasses until they are 1/3 full. Add your second flavor, and then your final flavor. Serve immediately.

*For those of you who would like to have somewhat straight lines between layers, I have a little tip. Once your first layer is in, do not add a huge spoonful of the next color on top. Rather, add just a few small spoonfuls of the next color in small piles around the edges of the first layer until you have made a circle border. Then fill in the center, and THEN you can start adding in larger spoonfuls on top of that. (Repeat with the third layer.) If you add a huge glop of a new color, it will make the layer underneath get super uneven and start to bleed color everywhere.

But hey, after about 5-10 minutes, the colors will start to seep and combine anyway. So however yours turn out, no worries -- they will be delicious!

*If you do not like coconut margaritas, you can make classic margaritas for the middle layer. Just omit the coconut milk and add in a generous splash of orange liqueur like Triple Sec.

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I looked around online last night and saw that a few other bloggers have also created yummy red white and blue margaritas. So be sure to check out their recipes as well on Babble, BlenderKing, Girls Gone Sporty, and Travel It Girl.

Red White and Blue(berry) Margaritas -- easy to make, and perfect for Memorial Day or the 4th of July! | gimmesomeoven.com #drink #recipe

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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31 thoughts on “Red, White and Blue(berry) Margaritas

  1. These margaritas look fabulous…what a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    - Jodee Weiland

  2. I never ever comment on blogs but I had to for this one!

    I originally pinned this post because of how adorable these margaritas are…but then I read what you wrote. I too fell in love with the Fault in Our Stars and absolutely cannot wait for the movie. And you’re so right – my teenage sister is crushing hard on Ansel! … Do you ever post book reviews on your blog? Any other book recommendations for a girl nearing 30??? :)

    - Lauren

  3. This is SO much fun!!

    - Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

  4. This sounds absolutely amazing, Ali! Love how festive they look!

    - Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

  5. Love these for the holiday!

    - Meredith

  6. OMG these look seriously unbelievable!!

    - Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

  7. THESE ARE GENIUS!!! I just sent them to my cousin who is moving into her new lake house this summer. She always makes a red white and blue cake on the fourth and now I know what we will be drinking with it!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  8. Great presentation…saving this recipe for my annual 4th of July party! Loved all the creative names too. And for Denita, I’m a 60 something and would love to have you as a neighbor! Bring on the margaritas. :)

    - Linda

  9. I sure wish I lived next door to you! So, so creative!! :-)

    - Helen @ Scrummy Lane

  10. I think you need to leave the downtown loft and move down to the ‘burbs and be my neighbor…I barely talk to my neighbors, let alone share Happy Hours with them. Between the shuffleboard in the basement and pool in the backyard, the house (& it’s owners) would love more Happy Hours. Apparently the 70+ year olds don’t want to hang with the 30+ year olds…time for new neighbors.

    - Denita

  11. Totally died when I saw these! So great for Memorial Day and such a wonderful idea!

    - Beth @ bethcakes

  12. Holiday perfect, Ali!

    - naomi

  13. Love these, Ali. Have a wonderful weekend with family and friends, whatever you do! XO

    - Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer

  14. Your readers are just about as creative as you! Those names are all awesome but not as creative as these babies. I haven’t read the book, didn’t even know about the movie. I need to get with the times.

    - Heidi @foodiecrush

  15. These are so fun!! Love the striped colors!

    - Tieghan

  16. Although I have no idea what Memorial Day entails I will definitely celebrate with those ;)

    - Mariana @The Candid Kitchen

  17. These are so fun, friend! And so glad to read the good review of The Fault in our Stars. I’ve been waiting for it!

    - cassie

  18. These are so fun!! Those layers look perfect! And the way you put in those sparkly straws looks great!

    - Leah

  19. Um, can you be my neighbor? How fun are these?!

    - Lauren at Keep it Sweet

  20. You must be THE BEST neighbor ever. Want to move to Boston?? These are so perfectly festive!

    I’m so, so, so happy to hear the movie lived up to your expectations. Can’t wait to see it!!

    - Sues

  21. The color layers look just fantastic!

    - Medeja