From taco night to girls’ night, Strawberry Basil Margaritas are the freshest summer sippers around. With all the tastes of the farmers market, these tequila-based beauties are sure to be a fan favorite.
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I am always on the hunt for new margarita flavors. Lime is great and all, but I think margaritas are so much more fun when you incorportate spirits and fruits.
See? So much more exciting.
Cinco de Mayo is next week, and that’s basically cause to throw a giant margarita party. I say it’s time to get out the blender and have some serious fun with it.
(Hint: You’re going to need these cactus glasses!)
I teamed up with three of my best blogger friends to bring you four amazing margaritas:
- Prickly Pear Margaritas // A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
- Cherry Lemonade Margaritas // The Speckled Palate
- Chili Lime Margaritas // Cake ‘n Knife
- And these Strawberry Basil Margaritas!
I seriously cannot wait to try them all. I am in love with these Strawberry Basil Margaritas though.
However, I think Chris might love them more than me. We have already made them again, per his request.
When I first made them, he said, “I don’t know what these taste like, but they’re amazing.” (That’s a compliment, right?)
I think what he meant to say was the fresh, aromatic, peppery taste of basil seeps through the tart sweetness of the blended strawberries and lime juice. Normally sharp tequila is quaffed by the garden flavors of the basil, strawberries and lime.
To make them, you’ll need to make a basil-infused simple syrup, then you’ll blend it together with fresh, hulled strawberries, lime juice, triple sec and tequila. For tequila, I used silver because that’s what I had on hand, but you can use añejo — that would be my preference for sure. Learn how to choose the right tequila.
You’ll chill the blended base to infuse it further, then serve! Then, I garnished my margaritas with a sugar rim and a sprig of bright basil leaves.
Seriously. You need to try them. And this Margarita Granita! And the other suggestions I had! See why a margarita night is most definitely in order? Don’t make me say I told you so! // susannah
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From taco night to girls’ night, Strawberry Basil Margaritas are the freshest summer sipper around. With all the tastes of the farmers market, these tequila-based beauties are sure to become fan favorites.
For the Basil Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 20-25 basil leaves
For the Strawberry Basil Margaritas
- 1 1/2 cups hulled strawberries
- 1/2 cup añejo or silver tequila
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 2 ounces triple sec (such as Cointreau)
- 2 ounces basil simple syrup
- lime wedge, for rim
- sugar, for rim
- basil sprigs, for garnish
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, water and basil leaves. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. Let cool completely. Use a fine mesh strainer to strain out basil leaves, and decant syrup into a glass jar. Store in up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
- In a blender, combine strawberries, tequila, lime juice, triple sec and basil simple syrup. Blend until completely smooth.
- Use a lime wedge to moisten the edge of a margarita glass. Pour 2 tablespoons of sugar onto a plate. Roll the outer edge of two glasses in the sugar.
- Pour margaritas into glasses. Garnish with a sprig of basil.