The Ultimate Frozen Strawberry Margarita

11 Sep

It all started with a dollar sale at Twin Liquors a couple weeks ago. I mistakenly heard dollar sale and thought they were selling bottles of wine for a dollar. My mom would be so proud. What they really meant was that their bottles were a dollar above cost. Still enjoying a good deal, I loaded up on a handle of crown, three bottles of red wine (two bottles for $5 each and a $27 bottle to see if we could tell which one was cheaper) and a bottle of nice tequila. That tequila had a destination, and that destination was a homemade batch of ‘ritas. Since Caitlin is a Strawberry ‘rita fiend, I figured we’d make a batch of her favorite. I looked up a few recipes and found rave reviews for one on AllRecipes.com  dubbed “The Ultimate Frozen Strawberry Margarita.” Was it ever.

Here are all the ingredients you need (aside from a blender full of ice and the frozen can of limeade, which were both in the freezer)*

*DEAR GOD the ingredients!!! Strawberry syrup! Frozen berries!! Powdered sugar!!! It was like I was living in a dream.

Ingredients

  • 6 fluid ounces tequila
  • 2 fluid ounces triple sec
  • 8 ounces frozen sliced strawberries in syrup (If your frozen strawberries don’t have syrup, we highly recommend the strawberry syrup pictured above)
  • 4 fluid ounces frozen limeade concentrate

I was worried about the age-old question of “Will it blend?” after the blender had trouble crushing the ice. All it needed was a little juice and liquor to loosen it up.

Directions

  • Fill a blender with ice and crush. Pour in the tequila and triple sec. Add the strawberries and limeade. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. We didn’t find it sweet enough, so we added in a few squirts of the strawberry syrup and stirred. Serve in margarita glasses with the rims dipped in powdered sugar*.

*I may literally be a walking human bag of diabetes.

We’re big fans of a salted rim, but why go salty when you can go sweet*? Powdered sugar was a little tricky to get on the rim. I just poured some in a dish and rubbed the glass in it. Once we got some to stay on, it stuck well and added a sweet element. Speaking of sweet elements, I know the sweeter it is the better, so I made a swirl of strawberry syrup on top. Since I made these bad boys, I’ll let Caitlin review them first before I add in my thoughts.

*A question I ask every day of my life.

Presentation: 8/10 – Look at that strawberry swirl! The adorable accent of the strawberry on the rim! The well-sugar-coated glass! I thought our ‘ritas were absolutely lovely, particularly Zack’s, since we discovered he can control syrup a little better than I can. For “amateurs,” I feel like this was pretty awesome.

Presentation: 9/10 – I’m slightly offended by the B- 8/10 score Caitlin gave. I know my way around a B-. This was no B-. The strawberry garnish. The powdered sugar rims. I think these bad boys were just a tiny umbrella short of perfection.

Taste: 8.5/10 – These ‘ritas were DELICIOUS. Filling, tasty, and I finally realized why I rarely taste “strawberry” flavor in a ‘rita. The tequila tends to overpower, but our tequila was delicious so everything complimented everything else really well. I thought our ‘ritas came close to standing up to Vivo’s.

Taste: 9/10 – They were sweet enough for Caitlin’s sugar mouth and strong enough to make us a little loopy once we got to the bottom of our second round. I want to bathe in these.

Value: 10/10 – You can’t beat buying your own ingredients. Zack and I each had 2 ‘ritas, and we still have enough stuff to make 1-2 BATCHES (1 batch = 4 full ‘ritas) more.

Value: 10/10 – Oh, we have way more than 1-2 batches. We have enough strawberries for one more batch and enough frozen limeade for 3 batches. We barely made a dent in the tequila and triple sec. We could make 12-15 more batches before we run out of the liquor. We’re fully stocked on confection sugar and strawberry syrup. We spent a total of $45.

Overall: 8.5/10 – I loved our strawberry ‘ritas. I’d have to honestly sit with them side-by-side against our “normal” ‘ritas we made to determine which I loved more, but I’m guessing this one, seeing as it’s got like 8x the sugar content. This ‘rita was mmm, mmm good and will be a staple.

Overall: 9.5/10 – I loved these so much more than our normal ‘ritas. I’d be shocked if Caitlin doesn’t agree in a side-by-side. I want to make these all of the time forever.

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