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UPDATED MARCH 2018
We’ve been on the noble search for the perfect margarita.
Turns out, you can make it right in your own kitchen. And all it takes is the tangy goodness of a traditional margarita with a splash of hometown strawberry lovin’.
When I first posted this recipe, back in February of 2017, I was 5 months pregnant with Leon.
So obviously I didn’t get to pour myself a giant glass of these strawberry margaritas, with a heavily salted rim, and pretend I was floating in the ocean somewhere.
But I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to enjoy a scenario close enough to that a few times since.
And these scratch made margaritas are still my absolute favorite.
If you want to be super technical, the meyer lemons in these strawberry margaritas disqualifies them from being called “traditional”.
Meyer lemons are a hybrid between lemons and mandarins, and they are bursting with flavor. So while these may not exactly be classic margaritas, they are the best freaking margaritas I’ve ever had.
And I have Anthony to thank for that. He’s a pretty killer bartender, and it was his idea to use the meyer lemons to step these up a notch.
For us, the key to a perfect margarita involves a few things:
- Agave for sweetness & flavor
- 100% Agave Silver Tequila
- Fresh squeezed juices
When it comes to margaritas on the rocks, fresh juice is a must. And I can thank Alton Brown for my knowledge on what makes the best classic margarita.
As for the strawberries, well, I am from Plant City, after all. I was born into a love for strawberries, and they are the perfect pair for my favorite party drink.
I used my Ninja single serve cup to blend up the berries with the agave and juice, and then strained it through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds.
You can also use a food processor, but I found that the small cup makes for a smoother puree.
When it comes to tequila, there’s no need to get the most expensive one. Just make sure that its made with 100% agave (thanks for that tip, Alton Brown!).
Orange Liqueur can be pretty pricey too, so opt for one that’s made locally if you can. I found one that was made in St.Pete and was only about $20 at the Publix Liquor Store. SCORE.
Dinner is served.
LOL JK. Maybe.
For more party fun, check out my Mini Guacamole Bites!
Pitcher Strawberry Margaritas Recipe
- 4 large limes
- 2 large meyer lemons
- 1 quart Plant City Strawberries
- 1/4 cup organic agave
- 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 750 ml silver tequila
- 1.75 cups orange liqueur
- LOTS of ice!
- salt, sugar, and lime juice for rimming glasses
- lime wedges and berries for garnish
Make the simple syrup. Combine the sugar and water in a pan over medium-low heat. Stir as the sugar melts and the mixture begins to thicken to a syrup-like consistency. Set aside the simple syrup to allow it to cool.
Squeeze the juice of the limes and lemons into a blender. Rinse the strawberries and slice off the tops. Place the berries and agave in the blender with the citrus juices. Blend until the mixture is completely smooth.
If desired, strain the strawberry puree through a fine mesh strainer to remove any seeds. Combine the puree, simple syrup, and the alcohol in a large pitcher. Stir to combine all the ingredients and fill with ice.
Dip the rim of each glass in lime juice before dipping in either salt or sugar. Fill each glass with ice and serve your strawberry margaritas with a garnish of sliced lime and a strawberry!