The sun is shining and temperatures are nearing 80 degrees which means it’s time to switch out your sweaters for tank tops, turn on your ceiling fans and make yourself a margarita!
And not some gross, over-sugared, tasteless margarita using Jose Cuervo pre-made mix – I’m thinking something super fresh, on the rocks with a lightly salted rim… ohhh and let’s make it a strawberry one!
And to answer your question. Yes. You can enjoy a fresh strawberry margarita without a thick sticky strawberry puree and you can even have it on the rocks.
Now, how can you make such delicious harmony a reality in your own home (and tumbler)?
Well it takes one of my least favorite virtues. Patience.
7 days of patience to be exact.
7 days that for me, that are finally over.
First we infused the tequila and then we’ll make our margaritas. Want to know how? Click here.
I. Can. Not. Wait.
OK now back to the tequila infusing.
- 750 ml silver, blanco or plata tequila (those all may mean the same thing) and the tequila doesn’t need to be fancy. Just stick to the general liquor rule anyone out of college should follow – Don’t drink any liquor sold in a plastic container.
- 1 qt fresh strawberries (2 16 oz packages)
- Large glass jug or 2 mason jars – any glass jar will do as long as it has a fairly big mouth and a good seal. I went to the bar I used to work and got a big jug that they get the cocktail olives in. And of course washed it down real nice
Hull your berries (remove the stems and leaves) and quarter them.
Throw into your jar.
Pour in tequila!
And wait… for 7 days.
We may not actually have to wait for the entire 7 days – 168 hours – 10,080 minutes. We’ll leave the tequila out, no need to refrigerate, and watch the strawberries until the color leaves them and they turn a faint grayish color. When that starts to happen we’ll go ahead and remove the berries and make our drinks!
Update: The week has passed.
Which means the tequila is ready. But if you want to get all technical about it, it was ready last night.
I know because I drank some.
On the 7th day I could tell the berries had lost most of their color. They were still tinted pink but that was because they had been soaking in the tequila which was now a very bright pink.
So now I removed the berries from the jar using a slotted spoon. I wanted to go ahead and pour the tequila back in the original bottle I had purchased it in so I emptied the jar into a large liquid measuring cup that had spout, so I could make the smallest mess possible.
And now the tequila is back in a bottle and ready to be consumed!
Who wants a margarita?
I learned this method from the famous Randy Kolesky, liquor and wine manager for Seasons, Zinc and Savoy here in Albuquerque. Last summer Randy introduced the Seasons Cantina staff to this treat and it’s been true love ever since!
Even Sweets has been known to kick back after a long Friday night with this tasty pink drink.
Sweets and I can now enjoy fresh strawberry margaritas at home, on our new patio table, wearing tank tops!
This is gonna be a great summer.