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Strawberry Basil Margarita Recipe

This Strawberry Basil Margarita is vibrant and refreshing cocktail, combining the classic margarita with the fresh flavors of summer.  

A close up photo of a strawberry basil margarita garnished with a lime wheel on a purple kitchen towel

Easy Strawberry Basil Margarita Recipe 

Imagine a garden oasis, where plump strawberries bask in the sun’s warm embrace, their ruby-red hues glistening with temptation. Alongside, aromatic basil leaves sway gently in the breeze, releasing an intoxicating perfume that whispers of elegance and refinement. In this enchanted setting, we unlock the secret to crafting a cocktail that defies convention and redefines indulgence. 

Why You’ll Love This Strawberry Margarita with Basil 

  • Dynamic Flavor Combination: The combination of ripe strawberries and fragrant basil creates a symphony of flavors that tantalizes your taste buds. The sweetness of the strawberries harmonizes beautifully with the herbal notes of the basil, resulting in a truly delightful experience. 
  • Refreshing and Invigorating: The Strawberry Basil Margarita is the epitome of a refreshing drink. The natural sweetness of the strawberries pairs perfectly with the tangy lime juice, creating a balanced and invigorating cocktail that is perfect for warm summer days or any occasion that calls for a cool and revitalizing beverage. 
  • Unique Twist on a Classic: By infusing the traditional margarita with the essence of strawberries and basil, we’ve created a unique twist on a beloved cocktail. This variation adds complexity and depth to the drink, elevating it to new heights of flavor and enjoyment. 
ingredients and utensils to make strawberry basil margarita cocktail

What You’ll Need 

  • Silver Tequila: A smooth and high-quality tequila that serves as the backbone of this extraordinary cocktail. 
  • Orange Liqueur: An enchanting addition that brings a touch of citrusy sweetness to the mix, enhancing the overall flavor profile. 
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice provides a zesty and tangy element, elevating the refreshing character of the margarita. 
  • Simple Syrup: A subtle infusion of sweetness that ensures a harmonious balance between the vibrant flavors of the strawberries and basil. 
  • Strawberries: Ripe and juicy, these succulent gems add a burst of natural sweetness and visual allure to the cocktail. 
  • Basil Leaves: Fragrant and herbaceous, basil leaves impart a unique aromatic complexity, intertwining gracefully with the other ingredients. 
  • Coarse Salt and Water: Used to rim the glass, creating a delightful contrast of flavors and textures. 
  • Lime Wheel: A vibrant garnish that adds a touch of visual elegance to the cocktail. 
  • Glass: Select a glass filled three-fourths with ice, allowing ample room for the luscious libation to shine. 
  • Cocktail Shaker and Strainer: Essential tools for expertly mixing and straining the cocktail, ensuring a smooth and refined texture. 
  • Cocktail Jigger: A precise measuring tool that helps maintain the perfect balance of flavors. 
  • Muddler or Cocktail Spoon with Flat End: Used to gently muddle the strawberries and basil, coaxing out their delightful essence. 

What’s the Best Tequila for This Recipe? 

For the best results, choose a high-quality silver tequila to complement the flavors of the strawberries and basil. Look for a tequila with a smooth and clean taste profile to enhance the overall drinking experience. 

a photo of a cocktail shaker and a small bowl of strawberries

How to Make a Strawberry Basil Margarita 

  • Salt your rim. Moisten the rim with water, then gently press it into a shallow dish filled with coarse salt, ensuring an even coating. 
  • Start building flavor. In a cocktail shaker, add lime juice and simple syrup. 
  • Muddle it up. Add the quartered strawberries and torn basil leaves to the cocktail shaker. Using a muddler or the flat end of a cocktail spoon, gently muddle (crush) the ingredients together for about a minute. This process extracts the flavors and aromas from the strawberries and basil, infusing them into the cocktail. 
  • Add the alcohol. Pour in the silver tequila and orange liqueur. 
  • Cool it down. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, ensuring it is about three-fourths full. Secure the top of the shaker tightly. 
  • Shake it up! Shake the mixture vigorously until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined and chilled. 
  • Strain and Serve. To achieve a smooth and refined texture, double strain the mixture into your margarita glass. We recommend straining it into a separate glass, pouring it back into the shaker, and then straining it into the margarita glass. 
  • Make it look pretty. Garnish your Strawberry Basil Margarita with a lime wheel and a fresh basil leaf for an added touch of elegance and aroma. 
  • Enjoy! Sip, savor, and relish in the harmonious medley of flavors that dance across your palate with each delightful sip. 
a martini glass with a strawberry and basil margarita cocktail garnished with lime on a white and turquoise kitchen towel

How to Make a Strawberry Basil Margarita Pitcher 

If you’re planning to share the enchantment of the Strawberry Basil Margarita with a group of friends or simply want to ensure a steady supply of this delightful libation, make it a pitcher!

Just multiply the ingredients depending on how many servings you wish to have. Use your pitcher instead of a cocktail shaker and lightly muddle the ingredients, stirring well before serving for even distribution. 

Can I Make This as a Mocktail? 

Absolutely! If you prefer a non-alcoholic version of the Strawberry Basil Margarita, simply omit the silver tequila and orange liqueur. Add more lime juice and simple syrup to maintain the desired balance of sweet and tangy flavors.  

a strawberry and basil margarita cocktail next to a white and turquoise kitchen towel and a bowl of strawberries

Tips for Success 

  • Experiment with Different Varieties: Feel free to explore different strawberry varieties, such as sweet and juicy California strawberries or smaller, intensely flavored wild strawberries. Each variety will bring its unique characteristics to the cocktail. 
  • Adjust Sweetness Level: Taste the mixture before straining and serving. If you prefer a sweeter margarita, add a touch more simple syrup. For a more tart and tangy profile, decrease the amount of simple syrup. 
  • Fresh Ingredients are Key: Using fresh strawberries and basil will enhance the flavors and aromas of your Strawberry Basil Margarita. Look for ripe and juicy strawberries and opt for fresh basil leaves for the best results. 
  • Get Creative with Presentation: Consider garnishing your cocktail with additional strawberry slices or a basil sprig for an eye-catching presentation. The visual appeal adds to the overall experience. 

Cheers to the perfect balance of sweet strawberries, aromatic basil, and the classic margarita, beautifully intertwined to create a masterpiece of a cocktail!

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Strawberry Basil Margarita Recipe

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This Strawberry Basil Margarita is vibrant and refreshing cocktail, combining the classic margarita with the fresh flavors of summer.  

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 margarita 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 ½ ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 3 strawberries cut into quarters
  • 4 basil leaves, 1 saved for garnish
  • Coarse salt and water in a shallow dish
  • Lime wheel for garnish
  • Glass filled ¾ with ice
  • Cocktail shaker and strainer
  • Cocktail jigger
  • Muddler or cocktail spoon with flat end
  • Salt the rim of the glass and add ice

Instructions

  1. Add the lime juice to the cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the simple syrup to the cocktail shaker.
  3. Add strawberries and basil leaves torn into large pieces to the cocktail shaker.
  4. Using the muddler or flat end of the cocktail spoon, muddle (crush) the ingredients together for 1 minute.
  5. Add the silver tequila to the cocktail shaker.
  6. Add the orange liqueur to the cocktail shaker.
  7. Add ice to the cocktail shaker and put the top on. Shake until combined.
  8. Double strain the mixture into your margarita glass. I suggest straining it into a separate glass, pouring it back into the shaker, and then straining it into the margarita glass.
  9. Add a lime wedge and a basil leaf if desired and enjoy!
  • Author: Easy Party Cocktails
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Additional Time: 0 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 hours
  • Category: Tequila
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 752
  • Sugar: 47
  • Sodium: 1196
  • Fat: 1
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 57
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 2
  • Cholesterol: 0

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