Strawberry Margarita Cheesecake

May 7, 2012 by Ali

What does one bring to a rockin’ Cinco de Awesome fiesta thrown by a bunch of foodie friends?

But of course, a super-awesome strawberry cheesecake…

…kicked up a notch.

Si, amigos. This strawberry margarita cheesecake is filled with all of the fresh strawberry and lime goodness of your favorite drinks, a salty pretzel crust, plus the tequila and Grand Marnier to make it a par-tay. And then I had a little too much fun playing with my food to make it extra pretty. (Which was actually super-easy — you should try it!)

Most importantly, I think the cheesecake lived up to the party name, as person after person gave it the “awesome” seal of approval. Would definitely recommend giving it a try next Cinco de Mayo. Or Diez de Julio. Or Treinta de Febrero. Or….whenever in the world margarita cheesecake craving strikes.

As my Costa Rican host family’s parrot would say (of course, in between his renditions of Madonna songs and hurling expletives at the family beagle), this one is definitely “muy rrrrrrrrico”. Agreed.

Strawberry Margarita Cheesecake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: About 12 servings


    Crust Ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 cup ground pretzels or graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Cheesecake Ingredients:
  • 3 (8-ounce) bricks cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp. Grand Marnier
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp. tequila
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 3 large eggs
  • Lime Topping Ingredients:
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. grated lime zest
  • Garnish:
  • thinly sliced strawberries
  • one lime slice


To Make Crust:

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Spray 9-inch springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides with cooking spray. Whisk together pretzel (or graham cracker) crumbs, sugar and butter in a medium bowl until blended. Press crumbs evenly into the bottom of prepared springform pan. Bake for 6 minutes, then remove.

To Make Cheesecake:

Meanwhile, in the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth. Gradually mix in the sour cream until smooth. Add in the sugar, and beat until well combined. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the lime juice, tequila and Grand Marnier until just combined. Pour the filling over the cooked crust.

To minimize cracking, place a shallow pan (I used an oven-proof 9×13-inch pan) half full of hot water on the bottom rack of the oven during baking. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until the center is set. Turn the oven off and prop the door open about 4 inches. Let the cheesecake stand 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack. Let cool 10 minutes. Carefully remove the sides of the pan and let cool to room temperature on the rack. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours before slicing and serving.

To Make Topping:

Whisk sour cream, lime juice, lime peel and sugar in small bowl to blend. Spread evenly over the cooled cheesecake. Arrange sliced strawberries and a slice of lime on the topping for garnish.

Ali’s Tip:

Blueberries, blackberries, cherries or mangoes would also be great in place of (or in addition to) strawberries with this. Or the cheesecake also stands well berry-free on its own!


Cheesecake recipe adapted from Liv Life.

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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19 thoughts on “Strawberry Margarita Cheesecake

  1. I made two of these for the first time on Sunday, one each for work and home. The only change I made was doubling the butter in the crust mixture because it seemed a tad dry to me. They came out fabulous! By Tuesday evening both had been completely demolished, leaving no evidence but a few lonely bits of crust on a pan.

    - Jasmine

  2. What’s Grand Marnier?

    - Tasha

  3. I made the recipe, so far so good! Not quite done. For future reference- does it HAVE to chill for 8 hours or would 1 or 2 suffice?

    - Nina

  4. great lookin food!!!I can’t wait to start to prepare it!!!thank you!

    - elizabeth alvarez

  5. I am going to add this to my Mouth Watering Mondays post this coming Monday at Cheers, Tara

    - Tara Noland

  6. Oh my, isn’t that absolutely gorgeous!!

    - Tara Noland

  7. This looks ridiculously good! My boyfriend would love this recipe.

    - Tessa @ Handle the Heat

  8. I will gladly accept any excuse to make and/or eat cheesecake…especially if it is modeled after one of my favorite alcoholic beverages!

    - Joanne

  9. Gorgeous!!

    - Lauren

  10. This is fantastic. As a lover of margaritas (in any form), I could probably demolish a few slices in one sitting. Love the salty pretzel crust–perfect touch!

    - Kristin @ Pastry Affair

  11. The way you decorated the top with the strawberries is just stunning, Ali!

    - Averie @ Averie Cooks

  12. I’ve been dreaming of a strawberry margarita cheesecake and here it is! Totally gorgeous!

    - Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

  13. oh my!!!

    - linda

  14. Okay, that is one ridiculously beautiful-looking dessert! YUM!

    - Carla

  15. Awesome! I don’t think I’ve come across a strawberry cheesecake in margarita-form! Great idea, and absolutely gorgeous!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious