Strawberry Basil Margarita

by Kate on April 22, 2013

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I’m all for a great night out. I love any occasion to shed my normal uniform of jeans and t-shirts stained with food, paint, glue and whatever other stickiness may adhere to me from a day with my girls. So when I get a girls night out I love dressing up and perhaps donning a sexy pair of heels. What I don’t love? I don’t love music so loud that I have to scream to have a conversation or waiting in a sea of people 4 or 5 deep to try to get a drink. So why not just skip it?

Times like these call for a girls night in! It doesn’t mean I can’t still get all dolled up . Cinco de Mayo is coming so I know my girlfriends and I will want to celebrate. When it comes to entertaining there are a few things that are always a must. Good friends, good music (at a volume where you can actually have an adult conversation that doesn’t involve saying “Huh? What?!?” every few minutes) and of course, great cocktails like this Sauza Blue Strawberry Basil Margarita!

When it comes to party planning, I turn to Pinterest. Whether you’re planning a kids party or a get together for adults, there are SO many great party planning ideas out there! For our Cinco de Mayo girls night in we’ll be lighting some paper lanterns strung outside on the deck. I’m working on a cute, festive tablescape with candles and flowers where we’ll have a light dinner and good conversation. My girl friends and I usually like to keep it fun, perhaps with an edge of competition. Games are a great way to get everyone talking some smack and having a good time.

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But for the ultimate Cinco de Mayo girls night in, it’s all about the food and drink for me. Good snack-y foods are a must for shoveling into your mouth between smack-talking. A favorite is Maple Bacon Caramel Corn with Pecans but at our next together I’m going to see how they like Potato Chip Pretzel Caramel Corn, just to change it up a bit. For a little Latin flair, we also like to munch on something handheld like Chicken Chorizo Empanadas.

But all good food, needs good drink and our favorite beverage for ladies night are definitely margaritas!! Margaritas just scream party. They’re frosty, festive and the flavor possibilities are endless. Personally, I am a strawberry margarita girl. They’re just so refreshing and summery. The really warm months may not be here just yet but they’re right around the corner.

I really find that adding herbs with fruit adds a level of sophistication and a whole new interesting, flavor-enhancing experience. My favorite herb to pair with fruit  is definitely basil. No matter how I use it, it elevates the drink, dessert or meal. Each fruit I pair it with just transforms into something oh so very special. Lemons? Blackberries? Watermelon? Oh yes!! And of course, strawberries.

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Strawberries love basil! They’re natural partners. So I decided to dress up my traditional strawberry margarita for ladies night in. This frosty Sauza Blue Strawberry Basil Margarita is filled with bright, juicy red strawberries, fresh basil and smooth Sauza Blue. These margaritas go down just way too easy! Consider yourself warned that you’re in for a refreshingly good time.

And when it comes to mixing up margaritas, what’s the best way? Make it with the lifeguard! He’s equally talented in the saving of lives and the ways of love. And best of all? He’s ready to pour you a Sauza-rita, and listen as you pour out your feelings. This perfect man is perfectly prepared to help make your ladies night unforgettably fun – with Sauza Blue, of course. Check us out at


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sauza® via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sauza®.

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Strawberry Basil Margarita

5 minutes

Yield: 2 margaritas

Strawberry Basil Margarita

Frosty, fresh basil-kissed strawberry Sauza Blue margarita.


    For Basil Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 10 fresh basil leaves
  • For Margaritas
  • 4 ounces Sauza Blue Tequila
  • 1 cup fresh strawberry slices
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 tray of ice cubes
  • For Garnish (optional)
  • coarse sugar for rim
  • 2 sprigs fresh basil


    Make Basil Simple Syrup:
  1. Combine 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of water, and 1/2 cup of washed basil leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. Let the syrup cool completely, then pour through a fine sieve into a jar or resealable container.
  2. Make Cocktail:
  3. Place tequila, strawberries, lime juice and basil simple syrup into a blender and blend until ice is crushed and ingredients are well combined.
  4. Pour into two sugar-rimmed margarita glasses and garnish with a fresh basil sprig, if desired.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Carrie @ poet in the pantry April 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Any time is a good time for a margarita! Strawberries and basil are great partners. Yum!


Kate April 22, 2013 at 11:32 pm

Heck yes! I couldn’t agree more (to both statements!)


Audra | The Baker Chick April 22, 2013 at 6:53 pm

YUM. My favorite thing about Cinco de Mayo are the margaritas. Strawberry and basil are such a great combination- I’m gonna have to try this!!


Kate April 22, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Thanks Audra! Cinco de Mayo just isn’t the same without a frosty margarita in hand.


Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry April 22, 2013 at 8:56 pm

This is the perfect recipe for Cinco de Mayo or for a summer evening! It looks so refreshing and delicious! I am going to print this and keep it in my library for upcoming festive summer weekend get-togethers.


Kate April 22, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Fantastic! I hope you enjoy it Kristin. Strawberries and basil are one of my all-time favorite flavor combinations. So fresh!


Terra April 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm

I would have a problem with this drink, I would want it all to myself! Love the flavors, what a delicious recipe! Hugs, Terra


Kate April 22, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Thanks Terra! I’m so happy you like it.


Barbara | Creative Culinary April 22, 2013 at 11:47 pm

I have a very similar cocktail scheduled…great minds and all. LOVE these flavors together.


Kate April 29, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Thanks! Can’t wait to see yours Barb!! You’re always so very creative with your cocktails.


Meghan @ The Tasty Fork April 23, 2013 at 9:13 am

I’ve never met a margarita I didn’t like… I’m sure this one will be one of my new summer favorites! I love fruit and basil. I’m pinning and making…probably tonight. I love Sauza, too!


Kate April 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Me either!! Margaritas are my fave.


Jennie @themessybakerblog April 23, 2013 at 9:59 am

I love that cartoon. And, a girls’ night in is way better than any night in a bar full of people. This margarita sounds amazing!


Kate April 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I couldn’t agree more! I’m over the whole loud, crowded bar scene 🙂


Megan @ The Pink Flour April 26, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Your flavor combinations are always my favorite, Kate! And it’s paired with alcohol this time…so you can’t go wrong 🙂


Kate April 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Aww! Thank you Megan! What a sweet thing to say 🙂 Oh and these margaritas are AWESOME! They’ll definitely be the cocktail of the summer around here.


Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life April 26, 2013 at 9:55 pm

All I can say is, “I want one right now!” These are amazing! I love basil and margaritas, so this is right up my alley. And those Chicken Chorizo Emanadas sound delish. Gotta have food while smack-talking and drinking with the girls!


Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life June 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Basil is amazing, isn’t it? I have just started to experience it in drinks. Loving so far and am looking forward to this margarita.


Kate June 7, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I adore basil in sweets, especially summer drinks! It just adds a whole new level of freshness and heightens the flavor of the fruit.


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