This strawberry margarita isn't your average margarita, it basically personifies South Florida with plenty of good tequila and tropical fruits.
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It's Margarita Week, y'all.
Oh, and it's about to be Cinco de Mayo. Would you look at that coincidence (not really a coincidence, lol).
The daylights savings has started, the days are getting nice and long and it's regularly over 85 degrees daily.
Oh, and the daily 3 pm thunderstorms have returned.
Ah, hurricane season.
You deserve this margarita. Just because it's hurricane season. Or so I've been telling myself every time I grab the blender. Literally had a tornado touch down in the next town over the other day. Oi!
I am not a bad-weather type of girl; I just started liking rainy days!
I've lived in Miami throughout my teenage years, and now that I've returned, I realize how important drinks are to the culture.
In Atlanta, letting my son toddle in the yard and sipping an Arnold Palmer was the thing to do.
In Miami, if someone is outside their house, they either have a bottle of their beer of choice and/or a margarita or mojito. It doesn't matter if they're just talking with neighbors, they're enjoying the weather, they're at a toddler's birthday party, wherever. It's too hot not to have a drink. And in the summer, you're looking at heat indexes around 110 degrees...
For some reason, I don't remember the temperatures being this hot when I was a kid!
This margarita, which I call the Miami Sugar Baby, because it's pretty, it's sweet, it's tropical, and it's very, very Miami. And trust me, there are a lot of sugar babies in Miami!
I use frozen strawberries, frozen mango, and frozen peaches, which help keep the need for ice down (and not watering the drink down) along with my strawberry syrup, which is optional, but I love the extra strawberry taste it gives, but you can use agave nectar or a regular simple syrup. I've also used frozen pineapple, guava and frozen papaya in this as well, and let me tell you something!!!
Somethings you need to try. This is one of them.
I've been drinking this on the patio after dinner, and let me tell you...I get why everyone is drinking cocktails around here. It's just the culture. It sucks you in, and soon enough you are watching soccer on a tv in your patio, drinking cocktails, and playing dominoes.
Don't believe me? Just come to Miami, you'll see.
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- 1 cup silver tequila of choice
- ¼ cup Cointreau or Triple Sec (orange liquor), optional
- Juice of 4 fresh limes
- 2-4 tbsp strawberry syrup, simple syrup, or agave nectar
- ½ cup frozen peaches
- ½ cup frozen mango chunks
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 2 tsp fine sea salt
- lime wedge for rim
- To rim glasses: Pour salt onto a small plate. Run lime wedge around the rim of your glass, then press and roll the rim of your glass into the salt. Repeat with each glass.
- In a blender, combine tequila, orange liquor, lime juice, syrup or agave, frozen strawberries, mangoes, and peaches then blend until smooth.
- Taste and add more syrup or agave if needed, then blend again. Pour the mixture into your prepared glasses. Add ice cubes, if desired. Serve immediately!
Click here for my strawberry syrup recipe
Add extra frozen tropical fruit to this if desired, it's delicious!
Eden Westbrook is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Sweet Tea and Thyme. A classically trained chef, Eden has inspired home cooks into the kitchen with cultural comfort foods, easy family-friendly eats and sweets, and glorious spreads for date night and entertaining since 2015.