This fresh strawberry ginger margarita recipe is a real treat! Made in the blender with fresh strawberries, lime juice, and an easy ginger simple syrup, it’s a fruity margarita you’ll want to sip all summer long.
Cin cin to summer! I had plans to post this fresh strawberry ginger margarita recipe on Friday as that felt like a good day for a fun and fruity cocktail. Today’s not Friday. Friday we lost internet due to bad storms, and the weekend did what the weekend tends to do and flew by in a snap.
So you’re getting strawberry ginger margs on a Sunday. Oh well.
If I’m perusing a cocktail menu out at a bar or restaurant, there’s a good chance that I’m going to choose the drink with tequila. Margaritas, palomas, pretty much whatever. I love that ‘bite’ you get from a drink with tequila.
I also love the bite from ginger, so to combine the two in one drink is just my style. But don’t worry, it’s not super bite-y! An easy, homemade ginger simple syrup takes the place of often-used agave nectar in a margarita recipe for a touch of sweetness, all the while pulling double duty by adding fresh ginger flavor, too.
How to make ginger syrup
Just like with plain old simple syrup, you’ll start by adding equal parts granulated sugar and water to a small-ish/medium saucepan. The only thing that’s different is that we’re adding fresh ginger slices.
Lots of them! I cut a large ginger root into thin slices and added them into the saucepan. Since ginger root pieces come in all shapes and sizes I weighed the amount I used and it came out to four ounces. If you don’t have a kitchen scale, it should come out to around one cup.
So! Water, sugar, and ginger slices in a saucepan. Bring it up to a boil and let it hang for a few minutes. Then take it off the heat, cover it up, and let everything steep for a half hour or so. Strain it and refrigerate until you’re ready to use.
How to make fresh strawberry margaritas
The hardest part, errr, the most time-intensive part of making a strawberry ginger margarita is the ginger syrup. Once that’s out of the way, it’s just throw-everything-in-a-blender and get to sipping.
If you have particular margarita preferences please zhush to your tastes! This strawberry margarita recipe as written uses silver tequila, freshly-squeezed lime juice, ginger syrup, and fresh strawberries.
When it comes to regular margaritas, I love to use a little Gran Marnier in place of Cointreau or triple sec, but with all the flavors going on here it wasn’t necessary. Same goes for the agave nectar. The ginger syrup takes its place wonderfully. 🙂
More fun cocktail recipes!
- Champagne palomas are a fun and extra fizzy version of a popular tequila-based cocktail. They’re perfect for using up leftover champagne — if that’s something you tend to have leftover of. 😉
- Keeping the theme of switching up tequila drinks, shandy beergaritas are a great summertime sipper. Easily vary the flavors by using different shandy beers. I love grapefruit!
- Ginger lovers! Pomegranate juice adds something special to these pomegranate Moscow mules. It’s great year round, but the red liquid + green lime make an extra festive drink for the holiday season.
- Fruit-y cocktail fans (like moi) might be alllll over this mango peach white sangria at a summer party. Nectars are one of my fav cocktail ingredients because they come in so many flavors and are CHEAP.
Fresh strawberry ginger margarita recipe notes:
- To rim the glass with salt, run a lime wedge along the edge to help the salt adhere before dipping the rim in a small plate of salt.
- This recipe as written makes two cocktails. It can easily be scaled up for more servings.
- As written, the ginger syrup recipe yields enough for three batches of margaritas – or six glasses. It can also be scaled up when making it to accommodate more.
- Psst – leftover ginger syrup also makes a great ingredient in lemon ginger iced green tea with honey.
Fresh Strawberry Ginger Margarita
- 8 oz water (1 cup)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 oz thinly sliced ginger root (about 1 cup)
Strawberry Ginger Margaritas:
- 8 oz fresh strawberries, hulled
- 4 oz silver tequila (1/2 cup)
- 4 oz ginger syrup (1/2 cup)
- 2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice (1/4 cup)
- 4 ice cubes
For the ginger syrup:
- Add water, sugar, and ginger slices to a small saucepan set over medium-high heat. Give it a stir.
- Bring to a low boil and allow it to boil for 3-4 minutes, then remove the saucepan from the heat and cover. Let sit for 25-30 minutes. Pour the ginger syrup through a sieve and refrigerate in a closed container until ready to use.
For the margaritas:
- Add hulled strawberries, tequila, ginger syrup, lime juice, and ice cubes to a blender. Using the crush or liquefy feature if you have one, blend in pulses until smooth and combined.
- Let the blended margarita mixture sit for a few minutes so the foamy layer rises to the top. Spoon off the foamy layer then pour into glasses (over ice if you like). If you like a stronger ginger bite, stir in extra ginger syrup as you see fit.