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Fresh Strawberry Margaritas

Happy weekend, all! And what a beautiful weekend it is. This past week brought us lots of really gorgeous weather — it was one of those weeks when being indoors at a desk was truly painful. I sit right by a window, so I was able to peer out from time to time, but I’ll tell ya — it’s just not the same! I thought I’d share something a bit more light-hearted with you today, to inject some positivity vibes around here. I’ve been trying to fill my time with things like baking brownies and drinking margaritas lately. And copious amounts of cycling to balance it all out, of course.

So today there are margaritas, and if you’re as lucky as me, sprawling hours of this sunny Saturday spent laying out by a pool. I decided that I needed some space and time away from the city, so I’m spending the weekend pool-side with some of my favorite people in the world: my grandparents. I know many people my age aren’t fortunate enough to have grandparents still walking this earth, especially not such awesome, thoughtful, loving and supportive grandparents like mine. I actually made these strawberry margaritas last time I was home, and my Grandma indulged in one with me! If that doesn’t prove her awesome-ness right there, then I don’t know what does.

Fresh Strawberry Margaritas

As a small aside, I am so very grateful for their unwavering love and support, especially during this period of my life. Gratitude, I have learned, is an essential practice, so I’m trying to practice that as much as I can. Anytime I please, I can wander through their backyard, picking ripe red raspberries from the summer bushes, snacking on a pole bean here and there, admiring my Grandpa’s stunning red hybrid gladiolas that he’s been tending to for my whole life. In a couple of months, there will be fall raspberries and apples, too, and in between, loads of tomatoes, squash, peppers, greens, and more. My Grandpa’s green thumb is incredible.

Anyway, I could go on and on about them all day, but the point is, my grandparents are such a blessing and I love them to pieces. I also happen to love this drink to pieces, so let me tell you about it.

Fresh Strawberry Margaritas

On the Fourth of July, my mom and I had strawberry daiquiris out at a restaurant for dinner. Their simplicity and sheer deliciousness encouraged us to make our own rendition the next day, except this time we made margaritas. While we’re sadly past strawberry season here in the Northeast, this is still a wonderfully refreshing and delicious summer drink to enjoy in the last weeks of this glorious season. Can we just pause for one moment, too, to realize that it’s almost AUGUST?! Mind blown. I don’t know where the time goes, but I really wish that it would slow down.

At any rate, it isn’t August quite yet, and knowing New England weather we’ve still got a solid few months before the chill settles in to stay. So why not whip up a batch of these and head on outside to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful weather? This recipe is super simple and easily adjustable — the measurements below are for one drink, but it’s easily multiplied. I found I could have had a touch more tequila in mine, but I drank it exactly as prescribed, and it was truly incredible. There is nothing like fresh, local berries.

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Fresh Strawberry Margaritas


  • 3 ounces fresh strawberry puree**
  • 1.5 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1.5 ounces orange liquor
  • 1 ounce silver tequila


  1. In a cocktail shaker, or tall pint glass, mix all ingredients together. Fill a separate glass with ice and pour margarita over ice. Garnish with a slice of lime.

**For the strawberry puree: I took 1 quart of fresh berries and added about a tablespoon of sugar. You can add more or less to taste.

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