Nothing completes my evening like a good margarita, and this roasted strawberry margarita is no exception. In a perfect world, I'd spend every evening sitting on a patio sipping on margaritas with my favorite people surrounding me. No responsibilities. Just good company, margaritas and me. Sigh. One can dream, right?
While I love a classic margarita, I'm also a huge fan of the flavored varieties, especially when roasted strawberries are involved. If you made my roasted strawberry aperol spritz, you already know that I have a thing for using those delicious cooked berries in cocktails. Although I love using fresh strawberry puree, roasting gives the strawberries a richer, sweeter flavor from the caramelization. That extra pop of sweetness makes me happy. And I like being happy, so let's go with it.
If you think roasting strawberries sounds like too much trouble for a cocktail, I have good news: Roasted strawberry puree freezes well. In fact, you could roast these strawberries ahead of time -- say, on a lazy Sunday -- freeze them in small containers and then pull them out whenever you need them. Boom. Roasted strawberries on demand.
Once you roast and puree your strawberries, the rest is simple. Get out your trusty cocktail shaker and throw in the roasted strawberry puree, freshly squeezed lime juice, tequila, your favorite triple sec and ice. For those with a sweet tooth, you can also add a little simple syrup, but you might not find it necessary with the strawberries. Pop on the top and give it a good shake. Strain into glasses and you're ready to start sipping. I'll drink to that.
If you're looking for the perfect meal to go with this roasted strawberry margarita, grilled chicken tacos are just what you need. Chicken and strawberries work well together as a savory-sweet combination, and the caramelization from the grill nicely mimics the roasted strawberries. If dessert is on your mind, this roasted strawberry margarita is perfect with a lemon tart.
Fellow margarita lovers, be sure to enjoy this roasted strawberry margarita on your next taco night. Or any night for that matter. Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter, and please leave a comment if you try this lovely drink. I’d love to hear from you.
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Roasted strawberries come together with freshly squeezed lime juice, tequila and triple sec to make one fresh, delicious strawberry margarita.
For Roasted Strawberries
1 pint fresh strawberries, halved with tops removed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
1-2 tablespoons sugar
For Roasted Strawberry Margarita
2-3 tablespoons roasted strawberry puree
2 ounces tequila, preferably reposado
1 ounce triple sec or Grand Marnier
1 lime, juiced
1 ounce simple syrup, optional, homemade or store-bought
1 tablespoon sea salt, for garnish, optional
1 lime slice, for garnish, optional
1 strawberry, for garnish, optional
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. On a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, toss strawberries with vanilla and extract. Roast for about 25-30 minutes. Once cool, puree in a blender or food processor. You might need to add a small splash of water to help smooth out the puree.
- Pour tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice. Put the top on the shaker and shake for about 15 seconds. Taste. If you’d like to sweeten your drink, add the simple syrup. You can also pour directly into your glass if you’re making multiple drinks at once.
- Spread sea salt on a plate. Run the lime slice around the rim of a glass and dip the glass in the salt. Add more ice to the glass and strain the shaken margarita into the glass. Garnish with a lime slice and strawberry. Enjoy!
If making your own simple syrup, simmer the 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir frequently to dissolve the sugar. As soon as the sugar dissolves, remove from heat.
- Category: Cocktails
Keywords: margarita, strawberry margarita, strawberry cocktail, tequila cocktail, roasted strawberries