Strawberry Margarita

Did you know that over 3/4 of the nation’s midwinter strawberries come from Plant City, Florida?   Each Spring, Plant City hosts the Florida Strawberry Festival, where we celebrate all things strawberry.  Our first flat of Plant City strawberries seemed like perfect excuse to try out a new Strawberry Margarita recipe!

Florida strawberries are generally ready for harvest between late December and early April, and we like to freeze some of the strawberries so that we can enjoy them year round. (Tip: if you cut the tops off of the strawberries and place them in muffin tins, you can freeze them individually and make them even easier to use later; just toss them in a freezer bag or freezer-friendly storage container once they are frozen)

We used the same delicious lime sugar from our Mango Margaritas, and it was ah-mazing!  Begin by zesting the limes onto a small plate.  Let them zest dry out a bit while you whip together the rest of the ingredients.  As an added bonus, your house will smell amazing! Pour some coarse sugar over the zest, then use your fingers to mix it all together for a delicious homemade lime sugar!

To start, macerate the strawberries (let them sit for at least 30 minutes -up to overnight- in order to amp up the sweetness) and toss them into the blender.  Add tequila, triple sec, juice of two limes and sugar.  Top with ice and blend until smooth.  For an even more powerful strawberry flavor, replace the ice with frozen strawberries.

To serve your Strawberry Margarita, cut a small wedge from one of the juiced limes and rub it around the rim of the glasses. Dip the rim of the glass into the lime sugar and move it around to ensure a nice, thick coat.  Pour and enjoy!

AaronAuthorAaronCategoryDifficultyBeginner

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time10 mins

 2 lbs Macerated strawberries
 2 whole limes
 ¾ cup tequila
 ¾ cup triple sec
 ¼ cup sugar
 2 tbsp coarse sugar
 8 cups ice

1

Zest the limes and lay the zest on a plate. If you have the time, let the zest dry out for ten minutes or so. Pour the coarse sugar over the zest and toss it around with your fingers to combine. Lime sugar! Yum.

2

Throw the strawberries into a blender. Pour in the tequila, triple sec, and sugar. Squeeze in the juice of the limes, then top off the whole thing with ice. Blend it until it's totally smooth. Give it a taste, then add more of what you think it needs (alcohol, sugar, lime, etc.)

3

To serve, cut a small wedge in one of the juiced limes and rub the lime all over the rim of the glass to moisten. Dip the rim of the glasses in the lime sugar to give it a pretty, crystally rim.

4

Pour in the margaritas and serve immediately!

Tips:

For the non-alcoholic version, add about a cup or so of Sprite or 7-Up. Just be careful not to fill the blender too full or the carbonation will make everything go crazy

To dial up the strawberry flavor, replace the ice with frozen strawberries.

Check out this interesting blog post about Florida's "Strawberry Schools".

Ingredients

 2 lbs Macerated strawberries
 2 whole limes
 ¾ cup tequila
 ¾ cup triple sec
 ¼ cup sugar
 2 tbsp coarse sugar
 8 cups ice

Directions

1

Zest the limes and lay the zest on a plate. If you have the time, let the zest dry out for ten minutes or so. Pour the coarse sugar over the zest and toss it around with your fingers to combine. Lime sugar! Yum.

2

Throw the strawberries into a blender. Pour in the tequila, triple sec, and sugar. Squeeze in the juice of the limes, then top off the whole thing with ice. Blend it until it's totally smooth. Give it a taste, then add more of what you think it needs (alcohol, sugar, lime, etc.)

3

To serve, cut a small wedge in one of the juiced limes and rub the lime all over the rim of the glass to moisten. Dip the rim of the glasses in the lime sugar to give it a pretty, crystally rim.

4

Pour in the margaritas and serve immediately!

Strawberry Margaritas

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