Let’s be frank with each other (because being suzanne with each other is much more difficult). I love strawberries and there is NOTHING better than a fresh one, all ripe and soft and still kind of warm from the sun…well, except for one thing. And that one thing is (bet you can’t guess)…Fresh Strawberry Margarita. Now, I know what you might be thinking: Chantal, this is like the 9millionth time that you’ve said you’re in love with strawberries–how far are you going to take this ridiculous strawberry-troupe?! Guess what, my friends? I’ll be taking this ridiculous strawberry-troupe all the way to the grave if I can, because that is a piece of honesty there–I. Love. Strawberries.
My very first Fresh Strawberry Margarita wasn’t really a margarita at all. My mom made it for me at a little dinner party we were having (ok, so it was a backyard BBQ, but I can call it dinner party if I want) when I was about 10 years old. Of course she couldn’t give me one of the margaritas they were having–they were jam-packed with tequila. So she made a little batch of virgin ‘ritas just for me. Because my mom is awesome.
But, after I turned 21 and was able to make the decision to drink responsibly (because, kids, that’s what you do–you wait like a patient person and then you decide and the RIGHT decision is to drink responsibly, if you’re going to drink at all. End of story.), I tried over and over again to re-create that first margarita my mom made for me…but I just couldn’t hack it. Not only were they all red (instead of the pretty pink she’d made for me), but they were also sugary-sweet and syrupy instead of strawberry-fresh and bright.
And that was the kicker right there. My mom reminded me that she NEVER used store-bought syrups for margaritas when I was a kid…they didn’t even make them like they do now…So, she’d always bought strawberries and used them to make our little margaritas, both virgin and not-so-virgin.
Well…this fresh strawberry margarita recipe is the result of making that one change (ok, there might be a couple of small changes–but using fresh strawberries was the ultimate key). And it tastes just like that magical first one. Now if only I could get my mom to tell me how to make lasagna as good as hers always was, I’ll be cookin’!
Fresh Strawberry Margarita
- 3½ cups fresh strawberries
- 3 tblspn orange liqueur (Contreau)
- ½ cup lime juice (fresh, if possible)
- ½ cup tequila (spring for the more expensive stuff--its worth it)
- 3 cups crushed ice
- ⅛ cup sugar
- Cut the tops off the strawberries (except for one or two for garnish) and chop in large chunks.
- Sprinkle sugar over the strawberries and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes to allow the sugar to blend with the strawberry juice.
- Toss everything in the blender together until it's all smooth and perfect.
- Its that easy.
- And that amazing.
After you’ve made a pitcher of Fresh Strawberry Margaritas, you just pop-on over here and leave me a comment to let me know how you like ’em, ok? (but I’m sure you’ll love ’em)