Hey, hey, it’s my birthday! And I made margaritas to celebrate!
Actually, I had all intentions of making a cake, but it’s Cinco de Mayo week here on the blog. (The best holiday ever to coincide with my birthday each year!) And we all know that chips and salsa and margs are about my favorite thing to eat on the planet. So hey, after 30 years of cakes, why not a margarita to celebrate the big 3-1?
I have to say, this recipe is one of my all-time favorites too. Strawberry margaritas are a classic! But instead of going the usual frozen strawberries route, I decided to make use of the beautiful ripe strawberries that are in abundance right now and make a fresh strawberry margarita version. It is sweetened with honey (or agave). It calls for just 5 simple ingredients. It takes less than 5 minutes to whip up in a blender. It can be served on the rocks or frozen.
And goodness, it is delicious.
If you happen to be reading this at a time of year when strawberries aren’t in season, or if you absolutely can’t get your paws on a pound of fresh berries, you are more than welcome to use frozen berries. You can either blend them up frozen, or let them thaw and get closer to the effect of a fresh strawberry margarita on the rocks. But if you can find some fresh strawberries, I completely recommend using them! I swear you can taste the difference of those sweet fresh berries.
And I actually love having a strawberry drink that — for once — isn’t frozen.
So grab 5 ingredients and find 5 minutes and make a batch with me! Here’s how:
Well, actually there are hardly any instructions. Just dump all 5 ingredients — strawberries, tequila, orange liqueur, honey (or desired sweetener), and some fresh lime juice in a blender.
Then blend until smooth. If you’re using fresh berries, you’ll probably have a nice thick foam that develops on top after this sits for a few minutes. Feel free to skim it off if you don’t want super foamy margaritas.
Then either pour them over ice to serve on the rocks. Or add some ice to your blender and make frozen margaritas. And then enjoy!
This fresh strawberry margarita recipe is simple to make, and perfectly sweet and delicious to enjoy.
1 pound (16 ounces) fresh strawberries, hulled
1 cup silver tequila
2/3 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice
1/3–1/2 cup honey or agave, more/less to taste
1/4 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec (or any orange liqueur)
(for serving) ice, salt to rim the glasses, extra fresh strawberries and/or lime slices for garnish
Add strawberries, tequila, lime juice, honey, and orange liqueur to a blender. Pulse until completely smooth. Let the mixture rest for about 3 minutes, then skim off the foam on top. Taste, and add extra tequila or sweetener if desired.
If you would like to serve these in salt-rimmed glasses, simply run a lime wedge around the top of each glass. Then dip the top of the glass upside-down in a bowl of coarse margarita salt. Garnish the glasses with fresh strawberries and/or lime slices if desired.
To Serve On The Rocks:
Fill up each glass about half full with ice, then pour the margaritas over the ice and serve immediately.
To Serve Frozen:
Add about 3-4 cups of ice to your blender with the strawberry margarita mixture, and pulse until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
Beautiful photos! And birthday!!!
I love anything that I can make super quick without a lot of fuss!
I’m actually planting my own strawberry patch this year, and these drinks would be fun to make with my crop =) Not to mention a conversation starter…
Happy Birthday Ali! Hope you have a great day spending it with the girls!
I am counting the weeks until strawberry season! This looks so fresh and delish!! PS: Where’s the jalapeño?!?
Happy Birthday, Ali! Hope you have a great day celebrating!
Happy Birthday!! :) These sound SO fantastic. I am definitely partial to tequila and margaritas :)
From now on, when I think of a margarita, that top photo is going to pop into my mind, it’s just stunning, and Happy Birthday!
Oh my gosh, those margaritas look so bright, pretty and perfect! Your photos are amazing :) Happy Birthday!
I have been doing extensive research on margaritas over the past month. The OVERWHELMING consensus of the margarita experts is that putting Cointreau or Triple Sec, Grand Marnier (or any orange liqueur) most being of French origin, have no place in a native Mexican cocktail. After trying many different recipes I have to agree. Just putting in my two cents.
This is my kind of drink. It looks amazing!
Perfect Cinco de Mayo drink. Happy Birthday! Cheers!
I think I could live on chips, guac and margs alone forever and ever. This strawberry one looks so refreshing! Happy birthday, Ali!
Happy happy birthday, Ali!! Whoa this sound potent but oh so delicious!
Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day :)
So not only do you have amazing skills when it comes to food photography but you are also a mind reader! Did you know that? I was just thinking “I really need a good strawberry margarita recipe”… enter Ali! Great recipe and Happy Birthday to you! :)
Happy Birthday! I discovered you via pinterest a few months ago and am now an addict! I love your recipes. Thanks so much for sharing them xxx
Happy birthday!! :) That looks so GOOD
HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Thank you for a great recipe for a group. We women do love our margaritas. The problem with it is that I suspect it might be a teeny weeny too good. Lol
Happy Birthday!! Have great weekend in Florida!!
These look awesome!
It just occurred to me while reading this and thinking how beautiful it looks that I have never made a cocktail! Shocking! Maybe this is the one I should start with.
I had to laugh when I saw this posting. I lived in NC for many years, and every spring is strawberry time here. Fantastic strawberries. I was a single mom with 2 girls and would make “Strawberry Margaritas” for the girls and I. Strawberries and the margarita mixer from the store and no alcohol. Works great until my 9 year old is standing on the front porch, welcoming her sleepover friends, waving a glass around, saying “come on in, we’re having margaritas!”. Needless to say, I had to make a quick path to the driveway to explain, no alcohol.
I so wish I had not cleaned off my tequila. Guess I’ll have to buy more. Oh darn ;-)
Happy belated birthday!
Thanks so much for all you share!
These margaritas are DELISH! The hubby and I are enjoying a couple right now.
Thanks for this fresh & easy recipe!
Thank you Randi!
I made this with raspberries and it is kind of tart and sweet. I’ll try strawberries next time.
That’s good to know, Cara! Yes, definitely try it with strawberries (and if your strawberries taste pretty tart, you can always adjust the sweetness). : )
Strawberry margarita’s are my all time favorite cocktail. Love, love the taste, especially w/cherries, a chunk of pinneapple, & of course salt around the rim of the cocktail glass.
So delicious!! :)
Can these be made ahead of time? Thanks.
Hi Constance! How far in advance were you thinking? You could make this the morning of the day you plan on serving (if you plan on serving in the late afternoon/evening), but we wouldn’t recommend making it earlier than that. We hope you enjoy!
Uhm… One CUP of Tequila? (plus the Triple Sec)—how many servings is this recipe for?
I mean, we will probably drink the whole recipe-worth between two of us, but that’s a pretty generous helping of alcohol, at 2 oz. per 1/4 recipe, since a shot is 1 oz (i think?). Not that anyone actually obeys those rules.
One good thing (that offsets the alcohol), all those strawberries means boucoup FIBER! So this is actually a healthy smoothie! LoL.
I’m sure I’m not alone, though, in wishing online recipes included the nutrient/calories/serving size breakdown. Meanwhile, outa my way! Makin’ me a strawberry smoothie with a KICK!!
Hey there! This makes about 2-4 servings. :) We hope you enjoy it! As for the calories and serving size breakdown, we’re sorry, but we’re not sure. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!
Sounds so delish…I will try soon. Wanted to share, I rim my glasses with a bit of honey then salt. So delish that way.
Thanks, Betsy, we hope you enjoy! And we love the honey-salted rim idea — yummy! :)
Totally delicious!!! super easy and so, so good. I like mine frozen so I added ice and it made 5 servings.
Thanks, Terri — we’re so glad you enjoyed it!
This recipe is awesome! The only change I made was adding 2 tablespoons of sugar.
Thanks, Vicki, we’re so glad you enjoyed it!
My daughter and I made these, and they were by far and away the best margaritas we’ve ever had! We drank the whole pitcher, we just couldn’t stop! :-) SO GOOD!!!
The only thing we changes was to put sugar on the rim of the glasses rather than salt. I like salt with regular margaritas, but prefer sugar for strawberry margaritas.
Thanks for sharing with us, Pamela, we’re so glad you and your daughter enjoyed them! :D
I surprised my husband with these margaritas tonight for a nice, cool refreshing summer drink. They were UNBELIEVABLE! The fresh strawberries and lime juice just elevated them to another level. I put them in mason jars for a cute touch. Will be making pitchers of these for friends.
Tried it! Coming from a picky drinker. What a perfect recipe. Used agave syrup. LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing
About how many margaritas will this make?
So good! I put these in mason jars so guests could grab, shake, add ice and enjoy. They were a huge hit!
This is a couple years late, but I just stumbled upon this. I love, love, LOVE your idea about the mason jars!! What a great idea to be able to make ahead of time!
Thank you for sharing this little idea that is going to be a huge hit at my next party : )
We loved it! Trying to solve the problem of my husband not liking tart margaritas, and having some leftover strawberries, I decided to try making strawberry margaritas and found your recipe. A perfect summer drink! He’s ready to go to the store for more strawberries. The honey sweetens it nicely without being apparent. Thank you!
It is my go to strawberry margarita recipe. After printing, it has earned the high honor of being placed in a sheet protector and then added to my binder called “Keeper Cocktail Recipes”! Thanks for posting.
OMG! I thought I was the only one that still printed out recipes and kept them in a binder. Becca, I feel you girl.
OMG! I am loving this margarita recipe and will never drink another kind. Thank you so much!!!
These are good! But woo – they pack a punch! ;-)
Yummy..but sugar on the rim much better. Save the salt for the lime margaritas.
EXACTLY! I also wonder if the lime juice could be less or omitted … don’t know why it’s there unless for some sweet/sour flavor contrast. I’m gonna try it w/o the lime juice and see if the wife likes it better …. ;-)
Best margaritas I’ve ever made! I’ve tried many recipes but this one is perfect. I used the recipe suggestions of fresh lime juice and agave, and blended in 4 cups of ice. So yummy!
Changed the honey to a bit of stevia and added a 1/2 of fresh blueberries. Excellent drink.
Finally! A delicious version that does not call for limeade! I only had frozen strawberries on hand so I eliminated the ice. Delicious! Thanks!
Looks easy. will give it try this afternoon.
I’m so glad I chose this recipe. I made the frozen option with honey and Cointreau. I worried that it would be too sweet but it was a perfect combo of sweet/tart and half a recipe and it was enough for two generous servings. I agree that sugar would be better for the rim.
My wife loved this. She can’t feel her nose! Bahaha!
Saving link for future reference. Thanks!
Happy Cinco De Mayo!
Loved it! So easy, too!
I made this for my first summer patio social. I heard from all my girlfriends the next day about how fantastic the strawberry margaritas were.
I premeasured , washed and froze the strawberries and I doubled the triple sec. Poured the margarita mix over a glass full of ice. Delicious!! Can’t wait to try this recipe for my sisters
I love this recipe! Since my husband wan’t helping me drink it, I cut the recipe in half and it worked fine. AND…I did put this into MyFitness Pal to get the nutrition info as others were wondering….
Calories 336, Fat 0.3g, Carbs 44.9g, Protein 0.9g.
I am curious if using frozen strawberries would work too instead of adding ice to get a “frozen” drink. If anyone has tried this, let me know!