Frozen Strawberry Basil Margaritas

By Alexandra Caspero on May 3, 2015

A fresh twist on a classic! Frozen Strawberry Basil Margaritas with basil-salt rim. Naturally sweetened!

I’ve been a margarita girl for as long as I can remember. Ever since my college days at JMU where I would fondly celebrate Thursday nights with baskets of free chips and salsa and $2 margs at my local Mexican watering hole, margaritas have been my go-to drink. (The fact that it was stumbling distance from my apartment was only icing on the cake.)

Even now, it doesn’t take much to convince BL to head down the block to grab two of my favorite pairings: refreshing margaritas and hot, salty tortilla chips.

Pouring the basil margarita into a basil-salt rimmed glass

Of all the things I will miss about California, fresh Mexican food just about tops the list. To prepare for the big move, I’m taking every opportunity I can to savor tacos, pepita salads, and everything black bean and spicy.

Frozen Strawberry Basil Margaritas

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with these frozen strawberry basil margaritas. A little bit sweet, a little bit aromatic with just the right amount of tartness.

To make these frozen strawberry basil margaritas really pop, I’m stripping down the ingredients to just the basics: strawberries, lime, tequila, Cointreau, and a touch of agave for added sweetness.  The addition of basil is a summer touch that elevates this frozen fruit cocktail to a whole new level.

Top down image showing the strawberry margaritas with the basil-salt rim and fresh strawberries to garnishIf you’re feeling extra fancy, rim the glasses with homemade basil salt.

To make, finely chop fresh basil leaves and crush with sea salt in a mortar and pestle until crumbled. Then, rim the glass with fresh lime juice and dip in the homemade salt. It’s an extra step of basil flavor that infuses the whole experience.

While fresh strawberries are in season, feel free to sub in frozen strawberries. I’m a big believer in using frozen fruit whenever I don’t need the texture of fresh: smoothies, muffins and these margaritas. The added bonus? You won’t need as much ice, which dilutes the overall flavor.
Dipping the glass into the basil-salt adds a whole new level to this frozen summer drinkThis frozen strawberry margarita recipe is perfect for hot summer days

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A fresh twist on a classic! Frozen Strawberry Basil Margaritas with Basil-Salt rim. Naturally sweetened!

Frozen Strawberry Basil Margaritas

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 margaritas 1x
  • Category: beverage, cocktail, cinco de mayo
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: mexican


A fresh twist on a classic! Strawberry Basil Margarita with Basil-Salt rim. Naturally sweetened!

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 margaritas 1x
  • Category: beverage, cocktail, cinco de mayo
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: mexican
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 margaritas 1x
  • Category: beverage, cocktail, cinco de mayo
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: mexican


  • 2 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen, see note)
  • 3 oz. silver tequila
  • 1 oz. Contreau
  • 4 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/8 cup agave sweetener
  • 12 cups ice
  • Basil-salt rim:
  • 2 large basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 lime wedge, for rimming


  1. Place all ingredients for the margarita into a high powered blender. Puree until smooth.
  2. Finely chop the basil leaves and place in a the base of a mortar and pestle along with the salt and sugar. Finely crush the basil leaves into the sugar and salt. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, use a small food processor (make sure the leaves are very dry) or crush with the back of a large knife.
  3. Place the basil salt onto a small plate. Rub the squeezed lime around the rim of each glass then roll the rim of each glass in the salt.
  4. Divide the margarita mix among 4 glasses and serve immediately.


Both fresh and frozen strawberries work here. If you are using frozen, start with only 1/4 cup of ice and go from there. The strength of your blender will determine how much you need. If you over blend and it’s too thick, thin with a little water or more fresh lime juice.

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Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Plant-Based Chef and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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    1. Elizabeth Jarrard RD
      May 13, 2015 AT 8:07 am

      this sounds divine!

    2. Confessions of A Mother Runner
      May 13, 2015 AT 5:53 am

      I don’t usually like margaritas but these look fabulous and refreshing

    3. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious
      May 5, 2015 AT 7:54 am

      Love the combo of strawberry and basil! These look amazing. Could go for one right now!(Hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?!)

      1. DK
        May 6, 2015 AT 1:49 pm

        That’s always my thinking! 😉

    4. Sinful Nutrition
      May 4, 2015 AT 2:00 pm

      This may be the answer to finally get me to like margaritas! Looks delish!

    5. Rebecca P.
      May 4, 2015 AT 1:41 pm

      Wonderful dishes! I want to make them all!

    6. Holley Grainger
      May 4, 2015 AT 8:10 am

      Swoon! Gorgeous photos and that recipe looks so amazing! Can’t wait to try it this summer!

      1. DK
        May 6, 2015 AT 2:25 pm

        Thanks Holley!