They’re sweet, they’re boozy, and have a perfect touch of salt. We are talking about a margarita-inspired snack, and let me assure you, they do not disappoint. These margarita strawberries are simply irresistible.
The recipe is very simple and a great crowd pleaser. It can be used as an appetizer or dessert and is perfect served for happy hour. You could, if you’re feeling a little extra, even serve them as a garnish on an actual margarita.
The total time on this recipe is no less than an hour but the hands-on time is very limited. Do the prep work before you start dinner and let them hang out in the fridge, then when it’s time to serve, you’ll just roll them in sugar and they are good to go.
Tips For Making Margarita Strawberries
My advice before embarking is to think about how you like your margaritas and let it guide you. Make adjustments as you would your own drink.
Maybe you prefer a sugar-rimmed glass and don’t like the salt, if this is the case then kick out the salt in the sugar mix. If you like it extra strong, pour some additional tequila. Not as strong? You know the drill.
I have created this recipe inspired by the way I prefer my margarita. The rim has a lovely layer of salt and lime zest. It’s not too sweet and plenty strong. It’s crisp and citrusy.
These strawberries are their own special dish but your margarita preferences can make it that much better!
Step-By-Step Instructions For Margarita Strawberries
To begin, gather your strawberries and other ingredients.
In a shallow (but not too shallow) dish, mix your liquids together. I have found an 8×8 is a great size for this quantity of berries. You want them to be mostly covered in liquid without being submerged.
Zest a lime and set the zest aside. Add the margarita mix, tequila, and the juice of the lime. Give it a good stir.
Rinse your strawberries and dry them with paper towels. This may seem like a random extra step but produce often comes with unwanted dust or sprays on it and cleaning them, as you would if you were eating them as is, is an important step. You’ll want to pat them dry to avoid extra water in the mix.
If you want to ensure your strawberries are extra clean, learn how to properly wash them here.
Place each strawberry in the dish full of liquid. Fill the dish while being careful not to overcrowd it too much so each strawberry has an equal chance to soak up the margarita mix. The exact number will vary as the sizes of strawberries do.
Place the dish of strawberries in the refrigerator. Let them sit for at least one hour. If you have more time let them sit longer, up to four hours.
The longer they soak the more flavor they will have. You won’t want them to stay in liquid overnight or the strawberries will get too soggy and start to disintegrate.
While the strawberries chill make the sugar mixture. Combine the sugar, a half teaspoon of salt and the zest of the lime.
After their time chilling and soaking up the sweet margarita flavors the strawberries are ready to roll in sugar.
One at a time, take out a strawberry and let the excess liquid drip off. Roll it generously in the sugar mixture, coating the outside completely, and place it on a serving dish.
You can serve them on a plate or in individual glasses garnished with a lime.
They are great chilled and will last out of the fridge for a couple of hours. Over time they will get a little mushy and start to lose their liquid. They will be best served quickly.
More Drunken Fruit Ideas
After you have tried these you may, like me, be hooked on the boozy little berries. There are so many other variations to try!
Let the strawberries soak in champagne or rose. Try blackberries in bourbon. Booze-infused berries are delicious on their own but also can be frozen and used in drinks like ice cubes or to garnish.
Can you imagine throwing these babies in a blender and then a popsicle mold? Oh boy, summertime deliciousness.
All this to say, make these. And then make a variation of these and then another. Serve them to your friends or your mom or just yourself. Cheers!
How To Make Margarita Strawberries
Gather your ingredients.
In an 8×8 dish mix the margarita mix, tequila and juice of the lime. Stir.
Add the strawberries to the dish full of liquid. Place in the refrigerator for at least one hour (up to four).
While the strawberries chill, make the sugar mixture. In a small bowl combine the sugar, salt, and lime zest.
When ready to serve, remove the berries from the refrigerator and roll each one in the sugar mixture. Place on a serving dish and enjoy!
- Juice and zest of one lime
- 18-20 strawberries
- ⅓ cup tequila
- ½ cup margarita mix
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- In an 8x8 dish mix the margarita mix, tequila, and juice of the lime. Stir.
- Add the strawberries to the dish full of liquid. Place in the refrigerator for at least one hour (up to four).
- While the strawberries chill, make the sugar mixture. In a small bowl combine the sugar, salt, and lime zest.
- When ready to serve, remove the berries from the refrigerator and roll each one in the sugar mixture. Place on a serving dish and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1 berry
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 57Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 67mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g
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