This strawberry basil margarita is an herbal, summery cocktail! Unlike the frozen, slushy versions, we shake fresh ingredients with ice.
With strawberry season fast approaching, we thought we’d share a spin on the classic margarita, featuring two of summer’s finest ingredients.
Shopping List For Strawberry Basil Margarita:
- fresh, ripe strawberries
- Cointreau or Triple Sec
- lime juice
- simple syrup
- fresh basil leaves
- sea salt
What Is A Margarita?
A classic margarita cocktail generally consists of tequila, fresh lime juice, and an orange flavoured liqueur like Cointreau or Triple Sec. Many flavour variations of margaritas exist like pineapple, watermelon, and even pomegranate. Our strawberry basil margarita involves the same base ingredients as the classic with fresh strawberries and bruised basil for extra flavour.
How To Make Simple Syrup
- Place equal amounts of water and white sugar in a pot. One cup of water (250ml) and one cup of sugar (200g) will make enough simple syrup for up to 16 cocktails, at ½ ounce of syrup per glass.
- Bring the water and sugar to a boil over high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture is clear.
- Remove the pot from the heat and set aside to cool.
- Once the syrup is cool, funnel it into a glass bottle or jar with a tight fitting cap or lid. Store simple syrup in the fridge for up to one month.
What Is Bruised Basil?
We bruise fresh basil leaves for this strawberry basil margarita recipe by clapping them together with our hands. Bruising basil releases oil from the leaves which increases it’s strength of flavour and fragrance in a cocktail.
Other ways to bruise basil are to gently grind the leaves inside a cocktail shaker with a muddler (a bar tool which looks like s small baseball bat, specifically made for this purpose), or to gently crush the leaves with a mortar and pestle.
What Does Double Strain Mean?
We like to double strain cocktails shaken with whole fruit and leaves. To double strain your strawberry basil margarita, simply hold a small fine mesh strainer over your chosen glassware. Pour the liquid through a cocktail shaker strainer, and through the fine mesh strainer to “double strain”. Removing any large pieces of strawberry and basil, leaves you with a fragrant, infused drink to sip.
Delicious Snacks To Serve With Cool Summer Drinks:
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- Handful of fresh, ripe strawberries (about 4 medium), quartered
- 1 oz tequila
- ½ oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
- ½ oz fresh lime juice
- ¼ oz simple syrup (see notes)
- 5 large fresh basil leaves, clapped between your hands
- Tiny pinch fine sea salt
- Place the strawberries, tequila, cointreau, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Clap the basil leaves between your hands a couple of times. Add the leaves to the shaker.
- Shake vigorously for about 20-30 seconds, or until the shaker is very cold and strawberries and basil have bruised and torn. The mixture should be light pink in colour from the strawberries.
- Double strain into an ice-filled old fashioned glass and garnish with a basil leaf.
This is a boozier cocktail. If you prefer something a little sweeter, add a touch more simple syrup to the mix (⅓ to ½ oz total).
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 134mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 1g
This is an approximation of the nutrition offered in this recipe, and is created using a nutrition calculator.