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Strawberry Key Lime Margaritas

Happy Monday! I’m sharing my new favorite drink with you!

Strawberry Key Lime Margaritas | spachethespatula.com #recipeYou may have seen this drink, in some version or another, posted on my Instagram a couple times in the past few weeks. I first made these margaritas for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, and they were so tasty and easy that I knew I’d be making them again.

I offered to make them for some family and friends this weekend, here and Florida, and I decided to give them a little Floridian flair using key limes instead of regular limes. If you can get past squeezing a bajillion little limes (or are smart enough to just buy key lime juice already pressed), it’s a really fun a tasty version!

Strawberry Key Lime Margaritas | spachethespatula.com #recipe Strawberry Key Lime Margaritas | spachethespatula.com #recipeStrawberry Key Lime Margaritas | spachethespatula.com #recipeI love these because they totally take advantage of all of the amazingly fresh strawberries that are filling the grocery stores, right now. I actually bought my strawberries in the back of a pickup truck out front of a restaurant where my mom and sister and I stopped for lunch. We got 2 pounds for $6! Not to mention the literal flat of the most amazing cherry tomatoes we got for just $10! Hooray for random produce finds!

The green salt/sugar mixture that I used to rim my glasses is something that I picked up at a grocery store back in Seattle. It’s salty-sweet and flavored with lime, so I think it work’s perfectly. Of course, you could easily make your own by mixing some margarita salt with a bit of sugar and lime zest, but I did manage to find the one I bought, on Amazon.

I’ve made these with silver tequila and with gold tequila, with triple sec and with Crown Royale…both ways were delicious, and you can just go with whatever you have on-hand.

Strawberry Key Lime Margaritas | spachethespatula.com #recipe Strawberry Key Lime Margaritas | spachethespatula.com #recipe

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Strawberry Key Lime Margaritas

Yield: 2-3 margaritas

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 1/2 cup tequila (silver or gold)
  • 2 tbsp Triple Sec, Cointreau, or Crown Royale
  • 1/3 cup freshly-squeezed key lime juice (or regular lime, or even lemon, or a mixture!)
  • 2 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups ice
  • salt-sugar mixture, for glass rims (see full post for more info about it)
  • strawberry halves, to garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until strawberries are pureed and ice is crushed (I've made these in my Vitamix, and also a NutriBullet with great results).
  2. Rub one of the squeezed key limes all around the rim of the glasses, then roll in the salt/sugar. Pour the margaritas into the prepared glasses, and garnish with a strawberry half.

recipe adapted from here

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8 Responses to “Strawberry Key Lime Margaritas”

  1. CakePants — May 25, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Mmm…these look deliciously refreshing!! The picture of all the little lime halves reminded me of my previous key lime baking endeavor, which left my fingers feeling sore and slightly bruised from juicing so many key limes – ouch! These margaritas look totally worth it, though 🙂

    • Rachael replied: — May 25th, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

      Hahah! Oh my gosh, yes! Next time I will definitely buy pre-squeezed key lime juice, and maybe just a couple real ones for garnish 😛

      • Barb replied: — June 1st, 2014 @ 5:38 pm

        Get a small electric citrus juicer; worth every dime. Simply cut in half and press down on the center 'juicer' part and your juice is extracted and collected in a container. I buy all my limes and lemons from Costco and HAVE to have that helper to do several pounds of each.

        I always make a combination of salt and sugar for rimming. I like the cake decorating sugar from Michaels; I combine it with sea salt and the result if both salty and sweet but also because of the larger crystals a nice mouthfeel as well.

        • Rachael replied: — June 1st, 2014 @ 6:40 pm

          Great ideas, Barb! I have an amazing juicer here in Seattle, but my parents tend to be opposed to buying kitchen gadgets so I unfortunately have to make do with whatever they have while I’m there, haha!

  2. oceanviewkitchen — May 30, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    These looks absolutely amazing! So refreshing!

    • Rachael replied: — May 30th, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

      Thank you! They really are! I kinda think they’re a perfect beach sipper 😉

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