What do you do when you have 2 pounds of strawberries sitting in your refrigerator and you have no plan for them? Well… you make strawberry margaritas….of course! I had strawberries leftover from Alex’s grad party and I was afraid we weren’t going to be able to eat them before they went bad, so I decided to concoct the perfect strawberry margarita.
I like margaritas, but they’re often too sweet for me. By mixing fresh strawberry puree with prepared margarita mix, I ended up with a mix that wasn’t too sweet and had just the right amount of tang. If you like your margaritas on the sweeter side, you could add a little simple syrup or agave nectar.
I opted to use prepared margarita mix because that kept it simple. I like to use Trader Joe’s margarita mix because it’s not as sweet as some others and it uses sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup.
As the title of the post implies, this is perfect as a cocktail or as a mocktail. Alex had one as a mocktail and gave it a thumbs up! This yields about 6 cups of mix, so it’s enough for about 12 drinks. So make up a pitcher to enjoy outside with friends on a warm summer evening!
The Perfect Strawberry Margarita (Cocktail or Mocktail)
- 2 lbs strawberries, hulled and quartered
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups lime margarita mix (my favorite is Trader Joe’s)
Combine strawberries and water in a blender or food processor.
Blend until strawberries are completely pureed.
Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer.
Stir in margarita mix.
Pour into a glass filled with ice for a delicious mocktail.
For a cocktail, you need:
- 4 oz of the strawberry margarita mix
- 2 oz tequila
- 1 oz Grand Marnier or triple sec
Combine ingredients in a shaker. Shake until well mixed and ice cold.
Pour into a glass filled with more ice.
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