Want to make the absolute best Strawberry Margaritas On the Rocks? Time to trade in that pungent sweet-and-sour for fresh strawberries and lime juice. One taste, and you'll never go back!
Served ice-cold, these homemade margaritas are sweet, tangy, and guaranteed to be the best, most refreshing Strawberry Margarita you've ever had!
The cocktail comes together quickly and easily thanks to a make-ahead strawberry-lime simple syrup! This strawberry cocktail base makes entertaining a breeze and only takes about 10 minutes to prep!
Best of all, with this recipe, there's no muddling and no shaking required! Once the syrup cools, all you have to do is add tequila, liqueur, mix, add ice, and sip!
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HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY MARGARITAS ON THE ROCKS
- Make the Strawberry Simple Syrup | Combine fresh strawberries, sugar, water, and salt in a saucepan and bring the mix to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to steep and cool, about 1 hour. Strain strawberries and discard. Add lime juice and set aside until ready to use.
- Mix | Add the tequila, orange liqueur, and strawberry syrup to a measuring pitcher or shaker and stir.
- Pour | Pour the drink mix over a rocks glass full of ice, serve with a lime wedge, and enjoy!
WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE STRAWBERRY MARGARITAS ON THE ROCKS?
- Orange Liqueur
- Strawberry Simple Syrup
You can use whichever type of tequila you prefer for a margarita, My go-to tequila for making margaritas is Herradura Silver. Blanco (a.k.a. silver) tequilas are light and heir on the side of citrusy and herbal, and they pair well with the light, citrusy vibes of a margarita.
The next tequila in line for the margarita is called a Reposado. Reposados are more aged than silver tequila, less herbal, and often carry notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and oak.
Añejos tequilas have been aged for an extended period in oak barrels. They are very strong in flavor, with notes of wood and burnt caramel, and I do not recommend using them for fresh Strawberry Margaritas! Stick with Blancos or Reposado tequilas for this recipe.
When choosing the liqueur for your Strawberry Margaritas On the Rocks, spring for the good stuff if you can. Low-budget triple secs are often pungently sweet and overpowering in artificial flavor. You're much better off with a liqueur such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier.
And, while Cointreau is indeed considered a Triple Sec, it is on the dryer side, with smooth, complex flavors.
THE SIMPLE SYRUP
Time to put a little strawberry in this Strawberry Margarita Recipe! Actually, let's put a lot of strawberries in them.
The Strawberry Simple Syrup serves as the base of the cocktail and it is rich in strawberry flavor. You can count on it to make your margaritas over the top delicious!
Here's what you'll need to make it:
- Strawberries (stems removed and halved)
- Granulated sugar
- Freshly squeezed lime juice
This recipe makes about 3 ½ cups of simple syrup; you will need 4 ounces (which equals a ½ cup) per Strawberry Margarita. This is enough for 6 to 8 margaritas, depending on the size of your glassware.
If you end up with leftovers, store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freeze it for up to 2 months.
CAN I USE THIS RECIPE FOR OTHER TYPES OF MARGARITAS?
The strawberry simple syrup is where all of the strawberry flavor comes from, if you want to make just about any other fruit-flavored margarita, just sub in about 2 cups of different fruit in the place of strawberries!
Fruits that would work well as a substitution and pair well with tequila are blackberries, mango, peach, and raspberry!
HOW TO ADD A SUGAR OR SALT RIM TO A MARGARITA
If you want to serve up an extra special Strawberry Margaritas On the Rocks, consider a salt or sugar rim for your glass!
Here's it's done:
- Ready the Plate | Have ready a small plate with either a ⅓ cup of Kosher salt or granulated sugar. You won't use all of it, but you want to be able to swirl it around and get a really good, generous coating on the rim of the glass.
- Cut the Lime | Cut a lime into wedges and cut a slit down the center of the wedge.
- Wet the Rim | Take the lime wedge and run the slit around the rim of the glass.
- Swirl | Turn the glass upside down and generously swirl it in the sugar or salt until a nice thick, coating adheres!
Take note, you want to add your salt or sugar rim before putting ice in the glass.
GARNISH IDEAS FOR A STRAWBERRY MARGARITA
There are lots of different ways to garnish a strawberry margarita. The addition of a lime wedge, a lime wheel, or even a small strawberry makes for an extra special presentation.
HOW TO MAKE A PITCHER OF STRAWBERRY MARGARITAS (ON THE ROCKS)
If you don't want to play bartender at your party, go for a pitcher of margaritas rather than mixing them up individually. Here are the quantities for a pitcher of Strawberry Margaritas On the Rocks:
- 3 ½ cups Strawberry Simple Syrup (this is how much your recipe will make)
- 1 cup of tequila
- ½ cup of orange liqueur
Just pour it all in a pitcher, refrigerate until cold, and pour over ice to serve!
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These Strawberry Margaritas On the Rocks are sweet, tangy, and bursting with strawberry flavor. They come together quickly and easily thanks to a make-ahead strawberry-lime simple syrup!
- 1 (16-ounce) package strawberries, stems removed and halved (you should have about 2 cups)
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 ½ ounce tequila
- ½ ounce orange liqueur
- 5 ounces strawberry simple syrup
- Lime wedges for garnish, if desired
Add the strawberries, water, granulated sugar, and salt to a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally and allow the water to come to a boil.
As soon as the sugar dissolved, remove it from the heat and allow it to steep, about 1 to 1 ½ hours.
Place a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl or measuring pitcher and strain the strawberries. Discard the berries or save them for another use.
Stir in the lime juice (if using), transfer to a storage container, and refrigerate until ready to use.
Add the tequila, orange liqueur, and strawberry syrup to a measuring pitcher or a shaker and stir.
Have ready a rocks glass filled with ice and pour the mix on top. Serve with a lime wedge and enjoy!
Simple syrup makes about 3 ½ cups (enough for 6 margaritas).