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Brighten up happy hour with a homemade Strawberry Margarita! These margaritas, made simple using three simple ingredients. Perfect for happy hour, mom’s night in, Cinco de Mayo and more! Makes 1 margarita.
Have you ever heard of a Mama Happy Hour?
It’s when mamas—and non-mamas, too—gather around the happiest hour of the day (which is also the most insane hour of the day when you’re a stay-at-home parent) to share a drink, reconnect and let their kids run wild. (Within reason.)
Last week, I hosted the first ever Mama Happy Hour e-mail challenge to encourage other mamas to spend time with their people, mix up a drink and breathe after a long day of being home with your kiddos.
Oh, and the happy hour is open to all, so if you don’t drink (or don’t want to drink), you’re welcome, too.
Below, I’ll share how you can turn this summery margarita into a mockarita!
What you’ll need to make Strawberry Margaritas (and a Strawberry Mockarita on the Rocks)
- Stirrings Simple Margarita Cocktail Mix
- Stirrings Margarita Rimmer Cocktail Garnish
- Cocktail shaker
- Blender or a muddler to puree/mash the strawberries
- Citrus juicer, for the mocktail
How to make a Homemade Strawberry Margarita (or a strawberry mockarita)
Make the strawberry puree
Take a handful of strawberries, remove the stems, and blend in the blender.
I make a bunch in one sitting and store it in a mason jar for up to a week in the fridge.
Mix the mockaritas first.
If you’re serving the non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks to mamas, make the mockaritas first so you don’t accidentally get alcohol into the non-alcoholic drinks. Especially if you’re using the same tools to make ’em.
In a cocktail shaker, combine the margarita cocktail mix, strawberry puree and lemon juice. (Freshly squeezed, if possible.)
Add ice, and shake thoroughly.
Pour into a glass, and enjoy immediately.
Make the margaritas.
Run a lime wedge around the rim of a cocktail glass, and dip in the margarita rimmer.
In a cocktail shaker, combine the margarita cocktail mix, strawberry puree and tequila.
Add ice, and shake thoroughly.
Pour into the prepared glass, and enjoy immediately.
FAQs about Hosting a Mama Happy Hour (and these margaritas!)
Where did the idea for a Mama Happy Hour come from?
Back in January, I got a text from a friend saying something along the lines of, “It’s been a day. Please come visit us. I’ll provide tacos so our kids can eat, and we can all just hang out for a bit. Also, please bring something to mix as a drink for us, and show me how to do it.”
And thus, the first Mama Happy Hour was born.
We’ve been getting together weekly ever since, mixing up a different drink every time with what we’ve got on hand, and letting our kids play together.
Is it perfect? No.
Are our homes clean when it happens? Nope.
Do our kids still have meltdowns? Absolutely.
But do we feel refreshed after long days when we get together, let our kids play and spend some time together, too? YES.
Why should I seek out the Stirrings Simple Margarita Cocktail Mix?
Y’all know I’m into anything colorful that calls for REAL ingredients. While there’s a time and place for artificial colors, it is NOT in a drink for me. Just look at any of cocktail recipes on my site.
This is one of the reasons why I’m so excited that Stirrings is sponsoring this post and last week’s challenge.
Stirrings is the original “craft” cocktail mixer on the market, using real juice, cane sugar and no artificial preservatives. And since real juice is used in their mixers, they’re perfect for cocktails and mocktails.
You can find Stirrings products at major grocery stores nationwide, as well as liquor stores, on their website and other online retailers.
Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips for Summer Margaritas
Make it for a crowd! Quadruple the recipe to turn this margarita into a pitcher drink! (You can even double this if you’re serving a large crowd.)
Not into alcohol? NO worries! You can turn these Strawberry Margs into a Virgin Margarita very easily. (Bonus points: This is also extra delicious!)
Make ahead tip: Mix the margaritas during naptime so that they’re done, and you can relax with you friends. (If your kids don’t nap, like my older one, get them to help you make the strawberry puree and to pour all the ingredients into a pitcher!)
Need a little sweetness? Add a little Stirrings Simple Syrup to your margarita or mockarita after mixing it.
Garnish ’em up: Decorate your glasses with the Stirrings Margarita Rimmer, extra strawberries or lime slices!
Brighten up happy hour with a homemade Strawberry Margarita! These margaritas, made simple using Stirrings Margarita Mix and fresh strawberry puree, are a warm weather classic for a crowd. Mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker before pouring into salt-rimmed glasses. Serve immediately. These cocktails are a fun twist on the classic and incredibly easy to mix for one or more. Perfect for happy hour, mom's night in, Cinco de Mayo and more!
- 3 oz. margarita cocktail mixer
- 1.5 oz. silver tequila
- 2 oz. strawberry puree
- Run a lime wedge around the rim of a cocktail glass, and dip it in the margarita rimmer.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the margarita cocktail mix, strawberry puree and tequila.
- Add ice, and shake thoroughly.
- Pour into the prepared glass, and enjoy immediately.
To make a Virgin Strawberry Margarita, follow the same steps, but use the following ingredients instead:
- 2 oz. margarita cocktail mixer
- 1 ½ oz. strawberry puree
- 1 oz. lemon juice
If this drink is too tart for you, add ½ oz. of simple syrup after tasting the final drink.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 163mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g