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Brighten up happy hour with a homemade Strawberry Margarita on the rocks! These margaritas, made simple using three simple ingredients, are perfect for happy hour, mom’s night in, Cinco de Mayo and more! Makes 1 margarita, but can easily be scaled for a crowd.
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 frantic 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. I wanted to encourage other mamas to spend time with their people, mix a drink and breathe after a long day of being with your kids.
The happy hour is open to all, so if you don’t imbibe, you’re welcome, too.
Why I love this recipe:
It’s hard not to love a Fresh Strawberry Margarita because it highlights fresh fruit. After all, this is a classic margarita for a reason.
This is a really simple recipe, too, because you need three ingredients: Stirrings Simple Margarita Cocktail Mix, silver tequila and strawberries. That’s it.
You don’t need to add triple sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier to this recipe. You don’t even need fresh lime juice, either, because the margarita mix provides that for us.
It’s incredibly easy to make at home. It’s scalable, so you can make one or a batch for a crowd. And you don’t need to mix it in a blender with ice, which will inevitably water our cocktail down.
Below, I’ll share how you can turn this fresh Strawberry Margarita on the rocks into a mockarita, too!
Need some cocktail inspiration? Head on over to my Cocktails Recipe Index for some ideas.
What you’ll need to make this recipe:
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- Stirrings Simple Margarita Cocktail Mix (or homemade margarita mix)
- Stirrings Margarita Rimmer Cocktail Garnish
- Cocktail shaker
- Blender or a muddler to puree/mash the strawberries
- Citrus juicer, for the mocktail
In addition to these tools above, you’ll need a few ingredients to make this tequila cocktail, too:
- Margarita cocktail mixer—I love the Stirrings margarita mix because it calls for REAL ingredients. 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.
- Silver tequila—100% pure agave, please and thank you.
- Strawberries—you may use frozen (and thawed) strawberries or the ripest, juiciest fresh fruit available
How do you make strawberry margaritas from scratch?
Make the strawberry puree
Take a handful of strawberries, remove the stems, and blend in the blender.
I like to make a batch and store it in a mason jar for up to a week in the fridge.
You can also use a muddler on super ripe strawberries and turn them into a chunkier puree.
Mix the mockarita first.
If you’re serving the non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks to mamas, make the mockaritas first. You don’t want to 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 freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Add ice, and shake thoroughly, then pour into a glass, and enjoy immediately.
If you’re in the market for an agave nectar-sweetened mocktail, check out this Strawberry Mockarita (Strawberry Virgin Margarita).
Make the strawberry margarita.
Rim the glass by running a lime wedge around the rim, and dip in the margarita rimmer. You may also use margarita salt or granulated sugar, if desired.
In a cocktail shaker, combine the margarita cocktail mix, strawberry puree and tequila. Add ice, and shake thoroughly.
Pour the cocktail into your prepared glass, and enjoy immediately. You can make this strawberry margarita on the rocks by pouring it over extra ice to keep it cold!
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s a margarita poured over ice! We mix this margarita in a cocktail shaker and pour it into a glass without ice. However, you could easily pour it over ice to keep it cold in your glass.
This homemade strawberry margarita on the rocks is made from a margarita mix, silver tequila and strawberry puree.
A strawberry margarita differs from a Classic Cointreau Margarita or a Cadillac Margarita. Why? It calls for strawberries. This recipe differs from a Frozen Strawberry Margarita because we’re using fresh (or thawed) strawberries to make the puree. Also, we make this one in a cocktail shaker, not a blender.
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. Every time, we mix a different drink to enjoy as our kids play.
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 gather, let our kids play and spend time together, too? YES.
Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips for Margaritas
Make it for a crowd! Quadruple the recipe to turn this strawberry margarita on the rocks into a pitcher drink! (You can even double this if you’re serving a large crowd.)
Not into alcohol? NO worries! You can turn this Strawberry Margarita recipe 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, get them to help make the strawberry puree. They can also 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!
Other margarita recipes you might enjoy:
- Cantaloupe Mint Margarita
- Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita
- Strawberry Mockarita (Strawberry Virgin Margarita)
- Cranberry Margaritas
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