Strawberry Basil Margarita

March 27, 2015

Strawberry Basil Margarita from Creative-Culinary.com

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. Still, I wasn’t going to let a bit of snow keep me from celebrating the advent of spring and what better cocktail than this Strawberry Basil Margarita to help with that celebration?

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Now that our weather this week seems content to be much warmer, my little plants can be uncovered during the day and just protected at night and though I lost two plants to Mother Nature, 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 starting to come into the market that are red and juicy 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 if you’re like me and need a dose of spring!

Know what else I’ve done again? This cocktail? I first made it a couple of years ago and, ahem, forgot I published it on the blog. Yes I did. But all is well. The photos were, um, horrible? And I’ve modified the recipe this time around and I like it better. I guess once you’ve done this for so long there is a lesson there right? Check your own site Barbara and see if you are copying you. :)

Strawberry Basil Margarita from Creative-Culinary.com

I’m a bit late with this post today. Sometimes life gets in the way and it’s good. A friend showed up yesterday afternoon when I was making the cocktails for this post and son of a gun…she and I just drank them without worry of a photograph. I think I had also planned to muddle the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain them but that idea sort of went out the window as my friend Pam and I were chatting. I could have rectified that today but I recall how she got a spoon to finish off the berries at the bottom so why ruin that experience? Muddled in the glass it is and yes, by all means grab a spoon!

Of course yesterday’s event meant I had to make them again; poor, poor me. Let’s just call it dedicated recipe development; I can attest they were good last night and just as good again today…Cheers!

Strawberry and Basil Margarita
 
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Serves: 2 cocktails
Ingredients
  • 8 Medium strawberries
  • 6 Basil leaves
  • 1 oz simple syrup (make using ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water - heat until sugar has dissolved and then cool. Refrigerate leftovers)
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 oz Reposado tequila
  • 1 oz orange liqueur (I used Patron's Citronge)
  • Additional strawberries, lime slices and basil leaves for garnish
Preparation
  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 the glasses, muddle the strawberries, basil,simple syrup, lime juice and lemon juice in glasses.
  3. Fill glasses with ice.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into the rimmed glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish each glass with a strawberry, lime slice and basil leaf.

 

 



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1 Lana | Never Enough Thyme March 27, 2015 at 4:53 pm

I really enjoy basil with fruit so I’m absolutely positive that I’d love this cocktail! Perfect way to usher in strawberry season. And a beautiful photograph to boot.
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2 Creative Culinary March 28, 2015 at 6:22 pm

You would most certainly love this then…it’s such a nice component, subtle but wonderful too.

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3 John@Kitchen Riffs March 27, 2015 at 4:18 pm

I remember this! Or at least I think I do. Always great to see the return of a good cocktail, and this is a good one. Always fun to tinker with a recipe. Dedicated testing is so important! ;-) Good stuff — thanks.
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4 Creative Culinary March 27, 2015 at 4:28 pm

I honestly had not remembered that I had done it BUT in my defense, it was the year that wasn’t when my life was so crazed with life issues I’m not sure how I even blogged. Guess it’s catching up with me now. But I did change the recipe and, this is huge…not straining is a good thing. Oh my are tequila and orange liqueur soaked strawberries good!

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5 Wendy Read March 27, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Gorgeous Barb! your cocktail looks fabulous, pinning in my cocktails folder for later. It is so interesting to see the strawberries coming in across the country :) Our strawberries came into season here in December, high season was about 5 weeks ago, but the rest of the country seems to be just now seeing great Strawberries as it is Springtime. I am assuming yours are California berries as our markets have switched over as well. I have seen enough Strawberries until next year! Finishing up 11 flats today of the last of the Florida berries :)

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6 Creative Culinary March 27, 2015 at 3:07 pm

I’m assuming California too Wendy; the ones I just got were beautiful; first ones I’ve seen in month worth buying! Funny how you’re over them and I’m SO excited! Of course we are still getting snow. :)

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7 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
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8 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!

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9 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!

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

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

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11 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.

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12 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. :)

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13 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?

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14 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.

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15 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!
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16 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!

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17 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!

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18 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!
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19 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? :)
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20 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!

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21 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

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22 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!

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

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

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

it is Yvonne; hope you enjoy it too.

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25 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.
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26 Creative Culinary May 12, 2013 at 9:54 am

Thanks for the chuckle…crawl on over! :)

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27 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!
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28 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.

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29 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!*
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30 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!

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31 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.

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32 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!

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33 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!!

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34 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! :)

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35 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.

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36 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!

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

Such heart warming, eye-chilling drink ! Beautiful photos :)
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38 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!
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39 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.

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