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Frozen Cucumber Strawberry Margaritas

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Vegan, Quick & EasyReady in 5 min
This twist on the classic margarita substitutes frozen strawberries in place of ice, making a slushier version that’s even better with cucumbers.
A frozen strawberry margaritas with cucumber stands on a counter with a second drink beside it and a pitcher behind it.

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I’ll pretty much drink a margarita any way you’ll make me one, but my favorite is blended up with ice in a frosty glass with a nice rim of salt. Is there really a better drink to help beat the hot summer sun? Nope.

To make these margaritas even more refreshing, they have the added cooling boost of fresh cucumbers. And strawberries add the perfect amount of fruity flavor to these drinks. It might sound like a strange combo, but try it. I promise you’ll love it!

Strawberry margarita pours into a salt-rimmed jar garnished with a cucumber slice and lime wedge.What is a strawberry margarita made of?

Like most margaritas, you’ll need triple sec, tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup. And don’t forget the salt for the rim of the glass!

In addition to the standard margarita ingredients, you’ll need peeled cucumber and frozen strawberries for these drinks. If you only have fresh strawberries on hand, you can wash them, hull them, and spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Stick the sheet in the freezer, and voila—frozen strawberries. The berries must be frozen—that’s what gives a frozen strawberry margarita its frosty consistency!

If you don’t want to make a simple syrup, you can also experiment with using honey or agave nectar as the sweetener instead. Or if your strawberries are particularly sweet and ripe, you may need no sweetener at all!

What alcohol is in a margarita?

There are two alcohols used for a classic margarita: tequila and an orange liqueur. We used triple sec as our orange flavor, but Cointreau is also a popular choice.

What’s the secret to a good frozen margarita?

If you’ve ever tried to make blended margaritas at home and struggled with them tasting watered down, this recipe is a keeper. Instead of using cups of ice, you get the frozen/slushy/blended texture in these margaritas from frozen strawberries.  It’s a great way to add the frozen texture to margaritas without watering the drink down. This also works with other fruits—peaches, watermelon, and cantaloupe—all delicious in margaritas!

Frozen strawberries piled high in a a bowl with one berry on the counter in front.

How many margaritas are in a pitcher?

This recipe below makes a small pitcher of cucumber strawberry margaritas —enough for four “normal” people serving or two servings for people like me who love tequila (seriously, I pinkfluffyheart tequila). Since these margs are frozen, I recommend only making them right before serving.

If you have any extra leftover, stash it in the freezer, and then just stir it every now and again to keep it slushy—the tequila will prevent it from freezing completely solid, but it won’t quite have the same smooth texture as right out of the blender. I actually tend to store leftovers in the blender in the freezer, and then just whirl it for a bit right before getting my second glass. Don’t try this if the mixture has happened to freeze solid—you’ll burn out your blender motor, and that’d be sad. My Ninja Ultima is strong, but I’m not sure there is a blender out there strong enough to blast through a solid block of margarita!

A canning jar used as a drinking glass is rimmed with salt and filled with frozen strawberry cucumber margarita.

How do I make a virgin strawberry margarita?

If you want to make these virgin strawberry margaritas, no problem! Just leave out the tequila and triple sec, and enjoy your cucumber, strawberry, and lime slushie! I highly recommend sticking with the salt rim, though. Yum. Enjoy!

Products Used in This Recipe

  • Ninja Ultima Blender — My blender of choice. I love that this is as high-powered as the most expensive professional blenders, but for half the price. I use it almost daily!
  • Wide Mouth Pint Mason Jars — I can in these jars. I drink out of these jars. I put salads in these jars. I store leftovers in these jars. Seriously, you can’t beat ’em.
  • Real Salt Sea Salt — The BEST salt for rimming margaritas. You might not think there is a lot of difference between one salt or another, but when you’re eating it “raw” like on the rim of a margarita glass, you want the best. And this is it!

 

 
Close view of a frozen cucumber strawberry margarita in a pint jar drinking glass with a salt rim and lime wedge and cucumber slice garnish.

Frozen Cucumber Strawberry Margarita Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

Cool off with some fruity, frozen cocktails! These Frozen Cucumber Strawberry Margaritas are super refreshing and crazy tasty. Leave out the tequila and triple sec for a virgin slushie!

Ingredients

For the Simple Syrup:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2-3 ice cubes

For the Margaritas:

  • 2 cups frozen, hulled whole strawberries
  • 1/2 large cucumber, peeled and seeds removed, cut into large chunks
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes worth)
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) triple sec
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) tequila
  • Sea salt, lime wedges, strawberries, and cucumber slices, for garnish

Instructions

  1. To make the simple syrup: in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and water. Stir and heat until the sugar is just dissolved, about two minutes. Remove from heat, drop ice cubes in, and set aside to cool.
  2. To make the margaritas: in a high-powered blender, combine the strawberries, cucumber, lime juice, triple sec, and tequila. Blend on high until very smooth. Add in the cooled simple syrup, and blend until just combined.
  3. Pour some sea salt onto a small saucer. Then run a lime wedge around the rim of a glass. Dip the glass's rim into the sea salt, making sure every section is well-coated in salt.
  4. Fill the glass with the margarita, and then garnish with lime wedges, cucumber slices, and fresh berries.

Notes

Depending on how sweet your strawberries are (and how sweet you like your cocktails), you might get away with using less simple syrup or even none at all. Adjust to your tastes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 19gProtein: 1g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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7 Responses
  1. Lovely! I use a lot of frozen raspberries in my smoothies and deserts. Your cocktail looks delicous!
    I am quite happy to discover your blog thanks to an article about hig-protein breakfast in Fitness Magazine. I like it (and I join you on the capsule wardrobes. I couldn’t live without mine.)

  2. It looks extraordinary with that color. Thank You for sharing and great idea. I stopped consuming any alcoholic drinks and salt many years ago, but I believe it tastes very good. First thing in the morning I’ll make strawberries with lime, You’ve just made my appetite up :). Anyway it’s similar, and a lot of vitamin B. Thanks again.

  3. Audrey

    Cassie, do you think that this could be made without the cucumber? My family doesn’t really enjoy cucumber that much (I do!) and I want to make this for them.

  4. Congratulations to Craig on graduating!! I love how you make sure that family time together is your focus. Not enough people do that! And I can just picture you and Craig sitting down while Juni chases chickens! As I’m sure you can guess, it’s a cute image. 😉

    These sound delicious. I know I say it often, but I’m serious – I’m just moving in with you.

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