Who doesn't love a naturally sweetened, refreshing Strawberry and Cucumber drink? Add in some tequila and triple sec and you have an insanely tasty Strawberry Cucumber Margarita!
This recipe originally appeared on the blog to celebrate National Margarita Day as one of my very first recipes! If the thought of National Margarita Day has you needing to satisfy your celebratory tequila fix, you certainly will not regret making this recipe.
The strawberries and cucumber keep it fresh, the agave gives it just the right amount of sweetness without inducing insta-headache, and there is plenty of tequila to give you a nice glow - buyer beware - they are sneaky good, sip slow.
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READY TO LEARN HOW TO MAKE THIS DELICIOUS DRINK?
Making this Strawberry Cucumber Margarita will be the most worthwhile 5 minutes of your day today, it's such a simple margarita recipe that tastes like it was crafted as some fancy cocktail bar.
I love making this cocktail as I can take any frustration from the week out on my cucumber and strawberries as I muddle and squish the life out of them until they are nothing more than a delicious (and slightly gory-looking) pulp.
After you’re sufficiently happy with your pulp, add the booze, and get shaking! You can really go to town on the shaking if you want, put on your favorite song and get into fiesta mode!
You can be totally creative with your garnish, add a salt rim, make some cucumber scrolls, slice some strawberries, or if it’s been a tough week, just get it in a glass and enjoy!
INGREDIENTS & SUBSTITUTIONS
A ‘basic’ margarita only contains 3 ingredients, tequila, triple sec and lime, however, we need a couple more ingredients to create this delicious Strawberry Cucumber version.
The ingredients for this cocktail are pretty basic but the taste packs a punch! Sweet fresh strawberries work best, and I like to make sure my cucumber is cold and crunchy. The agave (or simple syrup) adds a touch of sweetness to the drink that makes it go down an absolute treat.
For the alcohol, my favorite triple sec is Gran Gala, it’s a bit lighter with a touch of bitterness and deliciously orangey. Of course, any triple sec will work, like Cointreau.
Let’s talk about tequila, I like to use Silver tequila, I like the way the sharpness cuts the sweetness of the strawberries and the coolness of the cucumber.
I think that in this cocktail recipe, the gold tequila adds a bit too much sweet smokiness that is unnecessary but feel free to experiment with your favorite tequila and let me know what you think!
One of my favorite tequila brand is Hornitos, but any brand will be great!
Here’s a small list of substitutions you can use if you can’t find what I have used, or maybe you have some of these already lurking in the back of your kitchen cupboard. There are really so many options based on what's available, your taste and in your price range!
Instead of agave, honey or additional simple syrup can be used.
Can’t find Strawberries, try it with Raspberries or Watermelon!
Not a tequila fan? While I may disagree with you quite strongly, we all have different tastes, and this cocktail would also work really great with gin or vodka!
While this is a super simple, 5 minute recipe, I have been asked a couple questions so would like to clarify.
When is national margarita day?
February 22! Make sure you have your gorgeous cocktail glasses ready, get it on your calendar now!
Pour some salt, sugar or whatever you are using onto a plate. Take a wedge of lime and run it around the outside of the glass, dip the glass in the salt, and voila! You rimmed your glass!
Fill the shaker with ice, add your cocktail ingredients, and then seal the lid. Turn the shaker sideways a full 90 degrees after picking it up. Shake vigorously for 12 to 15 seconds or longer if it makes you feel good!
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Not a tequila fan? That's no problem! You can get on board with this refreshing Frozen Watermelon Granita, made with vodka and perfect for long hot days.
Into the orange but whisky is more your jam? Head on over to my fellow blogger's page, and check out her cool Tangerine Whiskey Sour!
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Strawberry Cucumber Margarita
- cocktail shaker
- double strainer
- 3 medium to large strawberries (cut in half)
- 4 slices cucumber (about ¼" thick)
- 1 fl oz simple syrup
- 1 fl oz triple sec
- ¾ fl oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- 2 fl oz tequila
- In the cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber and strawberries until a 'pulp' forms.
- Add the simple syrup, triple sec, lime juice, tequila, and ice.
- Shake vigorously and strain over your double strainer into a glass with ice. You may have to shake the strainer or move the pulp around to extract all the cocktail.
- Garnish however you desire and enjoy!
- Silver tequila is my favorite for making margaritas, it's solid tequila flavor, generally less expensive depending on the brand, and easy to find. If I'm having a 'treat yo'self' moment, I'll splurge on reposado.
- If you don't have a fancy bartender's double strainer, any fine mesh strainer will do the trick.
- If you don't have a muddler, the handle of a wooden spoon or spatula works too!
- This margarita is great with a little salt or sugar on the rim.