Strawberry Mint Margarita or Moj-rita
This is so good, it’s the tequila version of a strawberry mojito.
Muddled strawberry and mint paired with tequila is a refreshing twist on the classic mojito.
This started as a mistake. I had planned to make strawberry mojitos.
I had all my ingredients – lime, mint, simple syrup, club soda… but no rum. I could have sworn I had a new bottle of rum in the freezer, but no rum.
So my options were vodka, which makes a pretty good mojito or tequila.
I had never used tequila to make a mojito but I had a new bottle of tequila I really wanted to try in the freezer – so the Strawberry Mint Moj-rita was born.
It was an instant hit and now moj-ritas are super popular at my tiki bar.
Tips to Make Perfect Margaritas
#1 Use Good Tequila
For the best results use a high-quality tequila, made with 100 percent agave. High quality doesn’t need to be expensive. There are a lot of tequilas on the market today, check reviews, and ask for recommendations from the liquor store staff.
#2 Use Fresh Lime Juice
For me, there’s nothing better than a perfectly mixed margarita. And fresh lime juice is part of my must-have ingredients. Grab a bag of lime and a low priced juicer – I bought one on Amazon for under $20.
I save single-serve glass juice bottles and use those to store my fresh squeezed lime juice. It will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator. If I don’t use it all during the week, I’ll stick it in the freezer and freeze until I need it again.
#3 Use Very Ripe Fresh Fruit
You can almost always find ripe strawberries at the supermarket, but feel free to substitute your favorite fresh fruit based on seasonal availability.
You can use frozen fruit in a pinch just remember to defrost it before using in this muddled margarita.
#4 Use High-Quality Triple Sec
Triple Sec is an orange liqueur. And as the popularity of drinks that use Triple Sec grew, so did the number of cheap, way too sweet options. My bar is stocked with Grand Marnier, Cointreau, and something blue to make my signature mermaid + tiki drinks! In the blue department, I like Drillaud Blue Curacao (inexpensive), Giffard Blue Curacao, or Senior “The Genuine” Blue Curacao. I can work with Bols Blue Curacao if it’s all I can find. Skip the really inexpensive like Dekuyper, unless you really want sweet.
You want to look for a Triple Sec that is 78 – 80 poof. Lower alcohol usually means sweeter and lower quality.
Triple Sec is used sparingly in cocktails, but if it’s too sweet or artificial tasting it can easily ruin your cocktail. Buy a good quality triple sec. To save money you can always buy a smaller bottle because it will last a long time.
#5 Keep Tequila in the Freezer
If you have room in the freezer try keeping a bottle of tequila, vodka, and rum in the freezer. It makes such a difference when mixing cocktails.
#6 Refrigerate Cointreau or Triple Sec.
It will make this stay fresh longer.
So let’s make Strawberry Mint Margaritas or as I call them moj-ritas!
This will make two cocktails, to make a pitcher just change the number of servings and the recipe will recalculate.
Muddled Strawberry Mint Margarita (Moj-rita)
- 3 oz Blanco Tequila
- 6 leaves of Mint
- 2 oz fresh lime juice
- 8 strawberries - hulled and sliced
- 4 t simple syrup - you may need more or less to taste
- 8 oz club soda
- Ice - I like mine crushed
- In a pint or highball glass muddle mint and strawberries with lime juice.
- Fill glass with ice
- Add tequila and simple syrup.
- Transfer to a cocktail shaker with crushed iced and shake until mixed and well chilled
- Divide evenly in two glasses filled with ice and top with club soda.
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