I’m pretty sure you worked super hard this week.

Fresh Strawberry Margaritas I howsweeteats.com

You deserve me.

Fresh Strawberry Margaritas I howsweeteats.com

I’m cold and icy and refreshing and filled with tequila. It’s probably like… 160 degrees where you live right? See… now you really need me.

Fresh Strawberry Margaritas I howsweeteats.com

I’m nothing like those sugary sweet fake-tasting strawberry margaritas. I’m just a classic margarita with some fresh strawberry simple syrup… I have the slightest hint of fruity flavor. I think I’m pretty perfect.

Fresh Strawberry Margaritas I howsweeteats.com

My rim is also covered in sugar and salt. That sounds dirty… but I only speak the truth. I’m salty and sweet and best served on the rocks… or as you like to call them – ice cubes. I also have lime wedge rafts and fresh strawberry buoys in case you want to float around.

Fresh Strawberry Margaritas I howsweeteats.com

Fresh Strawberry Margaritas

recipe for one margarita, can easily be multiplied

2 ounces Grand Marnier

1 1/2 ounces Tequila

2 ounces lime juice

2 1/2 ounces strawberry simple syrup [recipe below]

lime + fresh strawberries for garnish

salt + sugar for the rim

Rim the ridge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in a mix of margarita salt + sugar [I used about 3 tablespoons salt to 2 teaspoons sugar]. Fill the glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, grand marnier, simple syrup and lime juice with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds. Pour over ice and squeeze in lime slices and add a few strawberries.

For strawberry simple syrup: combine equal parts sugar and water, bring to a boil and let sugar dissolve, then turn off heat and let cool completely. Combine 1 cup simply syrup + 1 1/2 cups slices strawberries in a blender and blend until combined. I don’t mind strawberry seeds, but if you’d like you can strain the mixture over a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds.

This recipe can be easily doubled, quadrupled, etc. Since everyone’s tastes differ, add simple syrup 1/4 cup at a time and go from taste. I also suggest buying the lime juice if you plan on making a pitcher (or 2) considering you’d have to squeeze a billion limes to get enough juice.

Fresh Strawberry Margaritas I howsweeteats.com

I promise if you make me today I will help you have a grrrreat night. I’m just not responsible for tomorrow morning.

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138 Responses to “Fresh Strawberry Margaritas.”

  1. #
    Natascha — July 24, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    I made these last night for a bbq party and they were a HIT!!!! Thank You for sharing a wonderful recipe!!!! I had just the right amount of everything!!!!!! So Simple its PERFECT!


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    Ann — July 24, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    Wow – now THAT’S food porn! You had me at…”you deserve me”! :o)


  3. #
    Cookin' Canuck — July 24, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    These are perfect for a cool-me-down cocktail on the weekend. Love your photos and styling.


  4. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — July 24, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    I like how you think. :)


  5. #
    Jaymi — July 24, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    Made these last night – big hit! Absolultely delicious – thank you for the recipe! :)


  6. #
    Laura — July 24, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    These look fantastic! I think you could make these with almost any type of berry and it would be delicious.


  7. #
    Laura (Cookies vs. Carrots) — July 24, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

    Yum! I think I deserve one of these bad boys after a long week!


  8. #
    Lisa — July 24, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    Will you marry me? I need you!


  9. #
    Rachel — July 24, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    MMMMMMMMM bookmarking these and making these next time I have a group over! I too HATE the taste of fake super-sweet margaritas with loads of fake sugar. These, on the other hand. look delightful. Thanks for sharing!


  10. #
    Jen S. — July 24, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

    Oh these sound so fabulous!


  11. #
    Jennifer — July 24, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

    Love this recipe. This looks so refreshing to drink during the summer. Must try it.


  12. #
    Jennifer — July 24, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

    Also, I am starting a new blog and really would love to some advice. http://wildjennostyle.blogspot.com/ Thanks!


  13. #
    Suzy - Sudden Lunch — July 25, 2011 @ 5:42 am

    I wish the sun would come out then I would drink a glass of this (perhaps after eating your lovely looking quinoa salad recently posted!). Lovely photos too.


  14. #
    Erin — July 25, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    Definitely could’ve used this over the weekend


  15. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — July 25, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    YES–I DID work super hard this week and most definitely deserve one of these. ;) Looks so refreshing!


  16. #
    Rachel — July 25, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    Any recommendations of which lime juice to buy? It looks like some may be sweetened and I don’t want to have to cut back on the pretty simple syrup.


    • Jessica — July 25th, 2011 @ 11:46 am

      Does your grocery store have those little fake-looking limes filled with juice? Those work! Sweetened is fine for original margaritas (you just decrease the syrup) but I agree here you don’t want sweetened because you want to use the strawberry goodness!


  17. #
    Brittany — July 25, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

    I want one of these right now!!


  18. #
    Li — July 25, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

    would frozen strawberries work to make the syrup?


  19. #
    Amy — July 26, 2011 @ 6:15 pm



  20. #
    jessica B — July 26, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    Made one of these tonight. I must be a super light weight LOL. Either way it was pretty tasty.


    • Jessica — July 26th, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

      The have to just be super strong. One puts me over the edge. I made one tonight and I’m feeling good!


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    jessica B — July 26, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

    I think there was a density issue as well. I think they would be best drank with a straw because the syrup tends to sink to the bottom


    • Jessica — July 26th, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

      Did you mix?? If you stir really well with a spoon and shake they should stay mixed!


  22. #
    Tracy — July 27, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

    I absolutely do need you. Swoon.


  23. #
    Rachel — July 29, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

    These rock! And I agree, that they are nice and strong. I used Triple Sec on a recommendation from the clerk at the ABC store, which I think worked well and conveniently I already had a bottle of it at home.

    Li, I used strawberries that I had frozen so they wouldn’t go bad. I let them defrost a tad (just about 30-60 seconds on the defrost cycle in the microwave) so they would be easy to blend.


  24. #
    megan — August 11, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    I love that you served these in jars!


  25. #
    Tony — December 20, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

    Thank you Thank you Thank you. I just finished my first one and that will be my limit tonight:) I used about 3.5 oz of the syrup and only about 1.5 oz of lime juice. I like the sweets:) One of the best margaritas I have had is in Boulder, Co. at a restaurant called Rio Grande. This one matches right up with it. Awesome job. Ingredients are pretty pricey though, but they will be used and well worth it.


  26. #
    Jessica T — January 21, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    I just made these and OH MY GOSH!! These are delicious!! These are also sneaky and evil. :D


  27. #
    Ali Robinson — January 30, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    I just made these and they are so good! I want like 10 more!


  28. #
    Carolyn — February 25, 2012 @ 12:19 am

    Wow. I have been trying to pin down the perfect margarita recipe to do at home… and you got it. this was simply delicious and wonderful…thank you!


  29. #
    Erin — March 3, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

    There’s no doubt I’m going to want to finish this on my own, but hoping it would be okay to prepare the strawberry simple syrup a few days in advance and store in the refrigerator?


  30. #
    Annie B. — March 12, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    AHH! This looks so so good !


  31. #
    Adrienne — April 14, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

    perfect! I was googling strawberry margaritas but I don’t like frozen ones! Love your blog too!


  32. #
    Ally — April 24, 2012 @ 12:00 am

    Has anyone tried making these in a pitcher? I want to make a lot for a party…just want to see if anyone has any suggestions!


  33. #
    Jennifer West — April 29, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    These are awesome! I made a pitcher by multiplying the recipe by 6 and blended everything in the blender. Then I put it in a pitcher and served them on the rocks. I used Nellie & Joes Key West Lime Juice as a shortcut and they were a hit!


  34. #
    Dana — May 5, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    Made these today and they were awesome, thanks for the great recipe! Happy Cinco de Mayo!


  35. #
    Kristi — May 5, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

    Made these tonight and they were AMAZING!!! The perfect amount of sweet and tasty tequila! I’m so glad I splurged on Cointreau instead of using Triple Sec as I normally do, yummo!


  36. #
    Becky — May 6, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    These were awesome! I blended them because I craving a frozen margarita! Yummy! I also added a bit of extra strawbeery syrup to my glass because a) I love sweets and b) they were a bit strong for me. With this change they were unbelievable! Thanks.


  37. #
    Debbie — May 24, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    When you say strawberry Syrup…is that as in what you would use to make strawberry milk???


    • Jessica — May 24th, 2012 @ 9:10 am

      No the strawberry syrup method is listed in the recipe – it’s a simple syrup with strawberries.


  38. #
    Cara — June 15, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

    Best homemade margarita ever! Just made one <3

    Thanks for sharing~


  39. #
    Leslie — July 1, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    Just made these for my family to go with our grilled steak taco night. OMG YUMMMM. This is a keeper, I even dug out my mason jars to serve em. Thanks


  40. #
    Jenny — August 13, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    Can this be made pitcher style? If so what is the recipe


  41. #
    Tamatha — August 24, 2012 @ 12:28 am

    These are wonderful… so simple to make and so good. Thank you for sharing your tutorial. I have to also say that these are a little sneaky. You can taste the alcohol in them but they are so darn good that you have to drink at least two of them or more :)


  42. #
    Simple recipes — September 12, 2012 @ 4:46 am

    WOW, looks amazing :) Love your blog


  43. #
    Rachel — February 4, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

    Yum! I can’t wait for fresh, local strawberries to make this drink. Maybe I”ll just buy some of those fresh Florida berries and make it this weekend.


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    Jess — March 16, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    Just wanted to say that I tried these tonight to have a little bit of beach drink at the tail end of winter and they are AMAZING. I never thought of making a strawberry simple syrup and that made the big difference in infused flavors. So easy and yummy!


  46. #
    Philip Allen — May 5, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    I made 1.5 gallons of this yesterday for last night’s party. Absolutely delicious. The recipe multiplied out is:

    6 cups Grand Marnier
    4.5 cups Tequila
    6 cups lime juice
    7.5 cups Strawberry Simple Syrup

    Thanks, Jessica – this was just the thing.


    • Susanne — July 2nd, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

      Phillip Allen, you couldn’t have done such a big batch in a blender. How did you get all the ingredients mixed? In a large pot?


  47. #
    Susanne — July 2, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    I just made a sample and OMG it is perfection! Can’t thank you enough for this fabulous recipe. Going to a BBQ on July 4th and am making a big batch to bring. Just hope my math is up to par. It’s Strawberry Margarita time :)


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    Carolyn — March 15, 2014 @ 3:02 pm

    I want to make this tonight but not sure how much equal parts of sugar and water are??? Anyone help PLEASE!!!



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