Follow Me on Pinterest

Strawberry and Basil Margarita for Mother’s Day

Strawberry and Basil Margarita

by Creative Culinary on May 10, 2013

I know better but I’ve done it again. Eager to have spring start and not content to just buy some basil at the grocery store, I decided to purchase a couple of plants last week and put them into pots and harvest their leaves instead. Then it snowed and night temperatures fell into the 20’s and the error of my ways (and my impatience!) were made evident; again. Boxes were located, old sheets were found and some rocks to hold everything in place were resourced from the garden to provide much needed protection from the elements we know all too well can be (and often are) the harbinger of our spring in the Rockies.


Now that our weather this week seems content to be rainfall in lieu of snow, my little plants can be uncovered most nights and just in time too; two plants were lost to Mother Nature’s cold and none of them are really large enough for a big harvest so I carefully removed 8 of the best leaves and was able to complete my task at hand. Luckily, strawberries are gorgeous and abundant this time of year and while I consider summer the ideal time for margaritas, I’ve learned to love making diverse combinations depending on the freshest produce of the season and for this season I simply love the combination of strawberries and basil. This vibrant and beautiful cocktail is simply a perfect one to serve for Mother’s Day (or any day for that matter!).


If you are a regular reader; please ignore my pleading but I find it’s my mission in life to make sure a good margarita is made…so please, no cheap tequila or triple sec for this baby. I prefer Reposado, a slightly aged tequila and a good orange liqueur. Pretty please? Do it for the children!! Oops, no, wait…do it for Mom!!!

Strawberry and Basil Margarita
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 2 cocktails
  • 8 Medium strawberries
  • 6 Basil leaves
  • 1 oz Lemon Simple syrup (make using ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water, 1 tsp lemon zest, 1 Tbsp lemon juice - heat until sugar has dissolved and then cool. Refrigerate leftovers)
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 3 oz Reposado tequila
  • 1 oz orange liqueur (I used Patron's Citronge)
  • .5 oz Maraschino liqueur (optional)
  • Additional strawberries, lime slices and basil leaves for garnish
  1. Use a fresh strawberry to moisten the rim of your glass. Dip the rim in a combination of half salt/half sugar.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the strawberries, basil, lime juice and lemon simple syrup. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into the rimmed glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish each glass with a strawberry, lime slice and basil leaf.
This cocktail was inspired by one served at the R Bar at the Camelback Inn JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Terra May 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Love love this recipe! Basil and strawberries are my favorite flavor combo:-) I want to try Herradura Tequila, after reading about it in one of my books. So I promise I will only enjoy a top shelf tequila, no cheap bottles in my house:-) Looks fabulous, Hugs, Terra
Terra Most Recent Post: Cocktail Hour (pt 1) – Ballet Russe


2 Creative Culinary May 20, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I get a lot of tequilas sent my way and it’s been fun to try different ones; makes my old standby 1800 seem a bit lame but it’s still good in margaritas. I always advise using decent tequila but not the ‘best’ – no sense in wasting good sipping tequila by mixing it with juice and sugar!


3 Hannah May 17, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Absolutely stunning, Barb! I hope you enjoyed one (or more!) of these lovely cocktails on Mother’s Day. Your combination of strawberries and basil is inspired! Hugs to you!


4 ashley - baker by nature May 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Strawberry and basil margaritas sound perfect for any day!!!!


5 Paula May 15, 2013 at 7:42 am

We are having to move our potted plants indoors for the past several nights too. Spring can’t seem to make up it’s mind whether or not to stay around here either. As cool as it was on Mother’s Day, I would have enjoyed one of these margaritas. I really like your serving glasses.


6 Creative Culinary May 15, 2013 at 8:37 am

These would be the perfect introduction for you to a margarita I love. The strawberry and basil take center stage and the tequila is just a nudge. I’ll make a whole pitcher or ten if you come visit. :)


7 Flamingo Fred May 15, 2013 at 2:58 am

Aloha! Lovely drinks but I must ask about the glasses. Where have you found those lovely glasses?


8 Creative Culinary May 15, 2013 at 8:28 am

Aloha Fred! Hmm, I don’t recall; I’ve had them for several years. I ‘think’ Crate and Barrel but too long ago for them to still be there I’m afraid.


9 Laura @ Family Spice May 14, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Okay, what isn’t super cute in that picture? Love the glasses and your swirly metal toothpicks! And those strawberry and basil margaritas look outstanding! I’ll take a few to go!
Laura @ Family Spice Most Recent Post: Brunch Smackdown at Mister A’s


10 Creative Culinary May 15, 2013 at 8:26 am

Thanks Laura…I’ve got most of my stuff in storage so working with limited props. SO thankful I remembered to bring these glasses; they’re my faves for margaritas!


11 Fran @ G'day Souffle' May 13, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Yep- that cocktail will do me just fine and the tequila should knock me out for just about the right amount of time!


12 Kate | Food Babbles May 13, 2013 at 5:11 pm

This margarita is simply lovely! Since you know of my love of herbs in fruit and well, this very same combination recently ;) I know this must be wonderful. I love the addition of orange liqueur and maraschino liqueur. I need to give this a try!
Kate | Food Babbles Most Recent Post: Basic White Bread & King Arthur Flour Blog & Bake™


13 Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare May 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm

This flavor combination is really interesting, and I love basil, so I’ll need to give it a try. A good tequilla makes all the difference, doesn’t it? :)
Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare Most Recent Post: Homemade Lara Bars


14 Creative Culinary May 14, 2013 at 7:49 am

That it does Crystal; and I’m not suggesting top of the line either…just something better than low end!


15 sippitysup May 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

Even here is So Cal basil can be fickle to the chill. Most herbs I keep year round, but basil has to be pulled out each December and planted again in March. By May day it is well on it way to summer bounty. GREG


16 Creative Culinary May 13, 2013 at 9:24 am

You are lucky…once a freeze hits we lose almost everything but thyme and sage. I think I know why sage is so prevalent in Thanksgiving dishes…it was the only fresh herb still alive!


17 Yvonne @ bitter baker May 13, 2013 at 8:44 am

I honestly have to try this strawberry-basil combination! This looks absolutely delicious!!


18 Creative Culinary May 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

it is Yvonne; hope you enjoy it too.


19 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 10, 2013 at 5:50 pm

LOL @ do it for mom. I love this margarita and those photos make me want to crawl into your room on hands and knees begging for one of these.
Maureen | Orgasmic Chef Most Recent Post: Raspberry Tea


20 Creative Culinary May 12, 2013 at 9:54 am

Thanks for the chuckle…crawl on over! :)


21 john@kitchenriffs May 10, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Nice recipe! I particularly like the idea of the Maraschino liqueur. I’ve had strawberries and basil together, but not often; they pair quite well. Good stuff – thanks!
john@kitchenriffs Most Recent Post: Black-Walnut Sandies


22 Creative Culinary May 10, 2013 at 4:47 pm

It was nice…much like the basil, a great addition to the overall flavor but not really a unique and separate flavor. We loved this John…very fresh; very much a great spring flavor.


23 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen May 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm

B, I. DIE. Just LOOOOVE Margaritas…and, strawberries and basil as a combination rock my world. Yes, only Grand Marnier for this gal, no Triple Sec! (We top-shelf gals know our Margaritas, don’t we?) Totally crushing on this Margarita of yours, B! Come on, sunny summer! Outstanding food photography, too…love the curly cocktail pick! Pinning to group board at Pinterest! xo P.S. OH! Happy Mother’s Day, too! Love ya! *mwah!*
Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen Most Recent Post: Magic Cake Coffeecake {Gluten Free}


24 Creative Culinary May 12, 2013 at 9:55 am

I’ll have some made today and we’ll be outside on the patio…come on over! You have a great day too Stacy; ‘mwah’ back at ya!


25 Jayne May 10, 2013 at 11:15 am

Another beautiful cocktail Barb! I really don’t know how you come up with so many great ones! Margaritas are my favorite, really want one now! Love those wicker glass stems.


26 Creative Culinary May 12, 2013 at 11:57 am

I have more ideas than time to make them all Jayne…means a new blog in the making maybe? Maybe!


27 Nancy@acommunaltable May 10, 2013 at 11:09 am

Hmmm.. may just have to leave this up on my laptop for a “certain” people to see… “hint, hint”… beautiful Margarita Barb – love the idea of using lemon simple syrup for it too!!


28 Creative Culinary May 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Funny you should mention that…I was going to use plain simple syrup but I had made the lemon for another cocktail and decided it couldn’t hurt; I didn’t want to have to make a chill another plain batch. How I often ‘recipe develop’ – whatever is on hand! :)


29 kay May 10, 2013 at 10:50 am

have you thought about rooting a stem – for back-up. I snipped three – put them in a small glass on a window sill and voila 7 days!! almost ready to plant.


30 Creative Culinary May 10, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I had that happen accidentally last year Kay and managed to keep some fresh basil all winter long. Who knew? Well…I guess you did!


31 Nusrat Azim May 10, 2013 at 10:40 am

Such heart warming, eye-chilling drink ! Beautiful photos :)
Nusrat Azim Most Recent Post: Fried Pomfret


32 Holly May 10, 2013 at 10:01 am

Another beautiful drink! I can relate to your outdoor plant problems. I have been moving my small container plants inside and outside all week and keep hoping that I don’t forget one night leaving them outside. So far so good. It looks like we might be headed to spring weather now and I am looking forward to the sunshine. Have a Happy Mother’s Day, Barb!
Holly Most Recent Post: Lemon-Berry Bundt for #BundtaMonth May


33 Creative Culinary May 12, 2013 at 11:59 am

If there is one thing I miss about the Midwest and South it’s putting things in the ground the middle of April…I get antsy and then give myself way more work because I just can’t wait! Seems we might actually be in spring now huh? Fingers firmly crossed.


Previous post:

Next post: