Things are heating up here, and with an isolation pool day why not a delicious Strawberry Margarita? Time to welcome late spring and early summer with a perfect poolside companion. Margarita’s are ideal for a pool, salty rim, tequila based, and very cold. A strawberry margarita is even more ideal, turning a tart sipper into a refreshing summer drink.
The difference between a regular margarita is just muddling three strawberries with the simple syrup before the shake. It is that simple, but it changes the flavor immensely. I really like a top shelf margarita, so I use Cointreau, but triple sec or curacao also are fine substitutes. As for tequila, reposado is what you want here, the 100% agave makes a real difference.
For your Poolside Cocktail Menu:
Reposado Tequila. Cointreau. Strawberries. Lime.
Cocktails come in families. Really, if you think about it is totally logical, make a great cocktail and the experiment from there. Some of these families are very old, the Sidecar comes from what we modern folks would call the “Margarita” family, which is actually the “Crusta” family if you were around in 1850’s. A family of cocktails can be based on a few things, certain ingredients, ratio of ingredients, the way they are made, and usually a combination of all three. This family is 2 ounces of a base, orange liqueur, citrus, and syrup, often with a sugar or salt rim.
When designing cocktails, typically I start with a family based on what I want at the end. If I want a booze forward drink, Martini family, a balanced drink, Daisy family, More tart, Crusta, you get the idea i’m sure.
For fun, when you have time, this family is a fun one, try each cocktail in succession and it is easy to see the evolution from our fore bearers to today.
All excellent, all in this same family.
Strawberry Margarita's are ideal for a pool, salty rim, tequila based, and very cold. A strawberry margarita is even more ideal, turning a tart sipper into a refreshing summer drink.
- Lime Wedge
- Kosher Salt for Rimming
- 2 ounces Reposado Tequila
- 3/4 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec
- 3/4 ounce Lime Juice
- 1/4 ounce Simple Syrup
Run lime wedge around rim of the glass.
Place a small pile of kosher salt on a plate.
Gently invert the glass and dip 1/2 of the glass in salt by turning it though the pile. Salt will adhere to the lime juice.
Carefully place a single large ice cube in the glass.
Muddle strawberries and simple syrup in cocktail shaker.
Add remaining ingredients.
Shake with ice.
Strain into glass.
Garnish with lime wedge on the edge of the salt.