A classic Margarita is never out of season, but when summer arrives with a bounty of fresh fruit at the market, you should take the opportunity to pep up your favorite tequila cocktail with explosively juicy strawberries. Bright, tart and ripened to sweet perfection, strawberries are a perfect companion to vegetal blanco tequila. The fruit complements grassy tequila, elevating its inherent springtime flavors. The cocktail may be frozen, blended and served up in a big ol’ Margarita glass, but you should opt for fresh fruit over frozen if you can. The drink also benefits from a measure of fresh squeezed lime juice, which brightens the frosty beverage and adds much needed, vibrant acidity that keeps the heavy slushie from weighing on your palate. Meanwhile, a drizzle of agave nectar helps bring all the flavors together and also helps freshen the drink’s flavor even further. Finish it off with a savory garnish of a sea salt rim, because you simply cannot have a Margarita without salt. If you really want to give it a savory boost to cut the sweetness a touch, sub out the standard salt for a rim of jalepeño salt or Sriracha salt. Either choice will tingle your lips, keeping you coming back for sip after sip to cool the fiery buzz. This recipe makes enough Strawberry Margarita for two, so share it with a friend or save any extra cocktail in the fridge in preparation for when you need a refill.
- If using, rim the glasses with lime and salt.
- Add all ingredients except the garnish to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Divide between two glasses.
- Garnish with a whole strawberry by slicing a small slit into the tip of the strawberry and placing it on the rim of the glass.
- Combine the water and agave nectar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and stir until nectar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Immediately take the saucepan off the heat.
- Let cool, then pour into a container and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
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