Recipes for a Virgin Strawberry Margarita

Strawberry Margarita

Virgin strawberry margaritas are among the most commonly requested non-alcoholic cocktails. What makes this drink so adaptable to virgin-izing is that it relies on bold, natural flavoring instead of alcohol to make it taste good.

Making Virgin Strawberry Margaritas

Having the right tools and ingredients on hand makes mixing virgin strawberry margaritas fun and easy.

  • A cocktail shaker with a strainer is necessary if you are making margaritas that will be served over ice.
  • A blender or smoothie maker will be needed if you choose to make frozen or slush-type margaritas.
  • Sliced and sweetened frozen strawberries mix better with the other ingredients and, for frozen drinks, make them thicker. They also eliminate the need for added sugar. If you prefer to use fresh strawberries, freeze them for at least thirty minutes before making the drinks and add sugar to taste.
  • Using coarse cocktail salt or sugar to coat the rims of the glasses adds to the beauty of the presentation and accents the taste of the fruits and juices in the drink. An equal mixture of the salt and sugar adds an interesting taste dimension.
  • Fresh strawberries make dramatic garnishes for virgin strawberry margaritas. Leave the green caps on top, slice them half through lengthwise from the bottom and carefully perch one on the rim of each glass.

Virgin Strawberry Margarita Recipe Variations

Depending on how icy you like your drinks, choose one of these classic non-alcoholic drink recipes. Each version makes four cocktails.

Classic Virgin Strawberry Margarita Cocktail

Make this recipe in two or three batches to avoid overloading the cocktail shaker and ensure thorough mixing of the ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces bottled sweet and sour drink mix
  • 12 ounces carbonated lemonade or lemon-lime beverage
  • Two 10-ounce packages frozen, sliced and sweetened strawberries or 2 cups fresh strawberries, frozen for thirty minutes
  • 1/4 cup sugar (only if you use fresh strawberries)
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • 4 fresh strawberries for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Mix and shake all ingredients except the ice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Distribute the ice evenly among four glasses and add drink mixture.
  3. Garnish each glass with a fresh strawberry.

Frozen Virgin Strawberry Margarita

This icy version of the drink looks beautiful when served in a sugar or salt-rimmed margarita glass or other tall, stemmed cocktail glass with a fresh strawberry added for garnish.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ice cubes (about 12 cubes)
  • Two 10-ounce packages frozen, sliced and sweetened strawberries or 2 cups fresh strawberries, frozen for thirty minutes
  • 1/4 cup sugar (only if you use fresh strawberries)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup coarse cocktail sugar or salt or a combination of the two
  • 4 fresh strawberries for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Place the first five ingredients into a blender container and mix to the desired consistency.
  2. Moisten the rims of the glasses with water or juice and invert them into a shallow dish of salt or sugar to coat the edges.
  3. Pour the drink mixture into the glasses, and take care not to disturb the coating on the rims.
  4. Garnish each drink with a fresh strawberry right before serving.

Drink Deflowering

If you or your guests decide they want a regular margarita with alcohol, just add an ounce or so of tequila and a tad of triple sec or other comparable liqueur to each serving you modify. In scenarios with children or people who must restrict their alcohol intake, be sure to keep the virgin and non-virgin supplies of the drink in different areas to avoid mix ups since both versions are identical in appearance.

Recipes for a Virgin Strawberry Margarita