Did you shop at Hills as a kid? We did. My parents took us there for back to school shopping. We went often to visit our layaway items. Normally I hated shopping as a kid, but Hills was my all time favorite. Every time we went there we got a kid’s size frozen coke and popcorn. I was such a sucker for a frozen drink even at a young age. It is no wonder that I love them today.
I blame Hills to this day for my love of margaritas. I like them frozen. I like salt on the rim, not sugar. I like them with Patron. I knew I needed to make a strawberry margarita recipe for this summer. I like strawberries so the combination is only natural.
These strawberry margaritas have a homemade strawberry sauce to give them flavor. We loved the flavor of the margarita, but probably the best part was the ghost pepper salt that my mom brought home from her trip to Sanibel Island. The salt’s spiciness gave the strawberry margarita a surprise finish. The salt was not overwhelmingly hot, but a nice heat in the back of our throats.
I wanted to share this with you just in time for the holiday weekend and all those fun cookouts out there.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients (2 servings)
Roasted Strawberry Puree
- 1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1/3-1/2 cup strawberry puree
- 4 ounces Patron Silver Tequila
- splash Gran Marnier
- 1-2cups ice
- juice 2-3 limes
- simple syrup or agave to taste
- Ghost salt
In an 8×8 baker, roast the strawberries tossed with sugar at 400 until they are soft and juicy (15-30 minutes). Fresh tend to take longer than frozen. Allow to cool. Add to the blender with lime juice and blend into a puree. Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container.
In the blender, add strawberry puree, tequila, Gran Marnier, lime juice, and ice. Blend until smooth. Add sweetener if desired.
Rub the rim of the class with the lime rinds. Dip in salt. Pour the liquid into the glasses and serve.