From taco night to girls’ night, these 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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Strawberry Basil Margarita Recipe
I am always on the hunt for new margarita flavors. The classic margarita is great and all, but margaritas are much more fun when you incorporate spirits and fruits.
See? So much more exciting.
Cinco de Mayo is next week, and that’s reason enough to throw a giant margarita party. I say it’s time to get out the blender and have some serious fun with making the best margarita recipes.
(Hint: You’re going to need these cactus glasses!)
Why you’ll love this recipe
I think my husband 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.
Our favorite, normally-sharp tequila gets eclipsed by the garden flavors of the basil, strawberries and lime.
If you love frozen margaritas, then you will love trying this recipe with frozen strawberries instead of fresh. You should add 1 cup of ice as well.
To make these strawberry basil margaritas, you will need to pick up these ingredients at the grocery store.
If strawberries are in season (spring and summer, depending on where you live), head to your local farmers market for the freshest berries. Grab some basil while you’re at it too!
- fresh strawberries (frozen are okay too)
- tequila or mezcal
- fresh limes, for juice and garnish
- triple sec (such as Cointreau)
- basil simple syrup (which you can make with sugar, water and fresh basil)
- granulated sugar, for the rim
- extra basil sprigs, for garnish
You’ll also need a quality blender to mix these up!
How to make Strawberry Basil Margaritas
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!
More margarita recipes
I teamed up with three of my best blogger friends to bring you four excellent margaritas:
- Prickly Pear Margaritas
- Cherry Lemonade Margaritas
- Chili Lime Margaritas
- And these Strawberry Basil Margaritas!
I seriously cannot wait to try them all. I am in love with these Strawberry Basil Margaritas though.
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 strawberries
- 1/2 cup 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.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 522Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 98gFiber: 3gSugar: 90gProtein: 2g