Even though it's my birthday today, I'm going to give YOU a gift. Behold: the Strawberry-Basil Margarita. This cocktail is so delicious I can hardly stand it. Don't plan on driving anywhere after making these because you will drink the whole pitcher, guaranteed. At least, we did!
We had a hankering for margs the other day and didn't want to by one of those super sweet mixes. I also didn't want a plain ol' margarita- I wanted something interesting to drink! After looking through recipes, it was clear this could easily get expensive. As much as I would love to freshly squeeze 20 limes and buy a nice bottle of Cointreau, it just wasn't in the budget. I had heard of the strawberry-basil combination before but hadn't yet tried it- this was my opportunity to experiment. So I came up with this budget-friendly and simple margarita that is sure to be your go to drink this summer. If you don't have a pot of basil on your porch already, this is reason enough to get planting!
The ingredients are simple: frozen limeade concentrate, frozen strawberries, silver tequila, triple sec, basil leaves and ice. After a whirl in the blender it resembles something like heaven. The basil works its magic, taming the sweetness and lending its subtle flavor that will leave your guests wondering what the secret ingredient it. That is, if you share!
And then there's the icing on the cake. The basil sugar. Your food processor will take these everyday ingredients...
Strawberry-Basil Margaritas with Basil Sugar
Makes 4-6 serverings (depending on who pours!)
- 12 oz frozen limeade concentrate
- 2 cup frozen strawberries
- 3/4 cup silver tequila
- 1/4 cup triple sec
- 7 large basil leaves, or equivalent
- 2 cup crushed ice
- For sugar:
- 4 large basil leaves, or equivalent
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 lime
- Blend ingredients until smooth. Adjust tequila to your liking and taste to ensure adequate basil flavor, add more if needed.
- In food processor (or blender before the beverages) combine sugar and basil until basil is finely chopped.
- Run a lime segment around the rim of each glass and dip into basil sugar to coat rim. Fill with margaritas and drink up!
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