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Easy Frozen Strawberry Margarita

Easy Frozen Strawberry Margarita with sugared rim {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin}

Easy Frozen Strawberry Margarita with sugared rim {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin}

When it comes to cocktails we all want something easy when we are entertaining or trying to relax at the end of the day. Easy isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when we think of frozen drinks. So let’s make Frozen Strawberry Margaritas easy. We’ll use four basic ingredients available any time of year with lime wedge and optional salt or sugar rim.

Frozen Strawberry Margarita Tips and Tricks

A common problem with Margaritas is way too much sugar. This Frozen Strawberry Margarita recipe calls for 4 to 6 ounces of thawed frozen lime concentrate. Be sure to stir the thawed lime concentrate before you measure it out. When you start blending, use 4 ounces and then taste to see if the mixture is right for you. Remember you can always add more, but it is much more difficult to dial it back. If the sweetness factor goes too far, individual drinks can also be modified with an extra squeeze or two of fresh lime.

I like to use frozen fruits in blended drinks to cut down on the need for ice. Ice causes water melt which in turn waters down the drink. Frozen fruits add extra flavor boost to the drink without watering it down. You can always flash freeze fresh fruit for later use rather than purchasing processed frozen fruit.

Sometimes it is best to place frozen berries in the blender first and then pour spirits over the frozen items. This starts a little melting process on the frozen berries to help give the blender a jump start so to speak.

Margaritas are traditionally rimmed with salt. This Frozen Strawberry Margarita gives the option of salt or sugar. My cocktail testers were undecided which way they liked this best; salt or sugar rimmed. You decide!

february 22 is National Margarita day! Share a margarita with someone and enjoy!

Frozen Strawberry Margarita Recipe

Easy Frozen Strawberry Margarita with sugared rim {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin}

Easy Frozen Strawberry Margarita with sugared rim {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin}

Frozen Strawberry Margarita - recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

serves 4

8 ounces Silver Tequila

2 ounces Premium Orange Liqueur

4 to 6 ounces Frozen Lime Concentrate – thawed

16 ounce bag Frozen Sliced Strawberries – unsweetened

Lime Wedges

Salt or Sugar

Sparkling Lime Water – as needed

Wet the lip of a goblet or margarita glass with a lime wedge. Dip the rim in sugar or salt according to your preference. Set the glass aside.

Place the remaining ingredients in a blender (no ice). Blend until completely smooth. The mixture will be slightly thick. Pour into individual glasses or into a pitcher. If mixture is too thick for your taste, top with a little sparkling lime water and stir in according to preference. Garnish each drink with a lime wedge.

I would recommend Cointreau, Grand Marnier, 3O Premium Orange Liqueur or Gran Gala for the Premium Orange Liqueur depending on what you prefer in a premium liqueur. They are all a little different with varying degrees of sweetness. Good quality Triple Sec could also be used in this drink.

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Latini

Latini Tequila Cocktail

Latini Tequila Cocktail

Although Margaritas are the most popular tequila drink out there, tequila deserves variety in the cocktail world. Mixologists and bartenders have created delicious cocktails with tequila. Ditch the sour mix and premade slushy machine Margaritas. Go for some good ole fiery charm in your drink.

What makes this cocktail so special is the syrup. The syrup is a little citrusy with fiery pop! It takes a little extra effort to make start to finish, but it is well worth the time. There should be approximately 3-1/2 cups of Latini syrup. Each cocktail only uses 1-1/2 ounce of syrup. That’s a lot of sipping pleasure for your syrup making time.

The Latini contains wonderful spicy kick that lingers long. The cocktail hints at charmingly sweet, yet its peppery spice complements the sweet for perfect balance. This is a definite keeper to add to your list of must try cocktails

Latini Cocktail Recipe

Latini tequila cocktail

Latini

1-1/2 ounce Reposado Tequila

1-1/2 ounce Latini Syrup*

1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

Orange Twist

Place liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Twist fresh orange peel over the cocktail to capture its essential oils in the drink. Drop in the cocktail.

*Latini Syrup

2 cups Water

3 ounces Fresh Lime Juice

1-1/2 cup Granulated Sugar

4 Guajillo or New Mexico Dried Chilis

3 Orange Wheels – sliced 1/4 inch thick

1 ounce Vodka – optional

Place all ingredients (except vodka) in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Strain the liquid through cheesecloth or double strain using a fine mesh strainer into a heatproof container with lid. Allow to cool. Add 1 ounce vodka as preservative if desired. Refrigerate syrup while not in use.

El Diamante Del Cielo Tequila Review Notes (2009)

This recipe is from a lost review post from 2009. Cielo Reposado Tequila representatives provided me with a review sample. Cielo Brand Manager, Alec Hopmayer, recommended the Latini cocktail. All opinions are my own.

El Diamante Del Cielo Reposado Tequila displays a bit of vanilla in the first sip. It is not until the second or third sip that the magnitude of the succulent vanilla hits squarely across the palate with divine lusciousness. Cielo Reposado Tequila leans more toward smooth savory smoke than peppery spice. It is mild, yet deeply satisfying. The finish is long, creating an easy sipping experience. Perfect for winter evenings by the fire or summer evenings lingering on the deck.

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Ruby Twist Tequila Cocktail

Ruby Twist 032 This little gem of a cocktail uses reposado tequila, pomegranate liqueur and premium orange liqueur. Ruby Twist weighs in at about 48.63 proof. - recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin of The Intoxicologist {http://intoxicologist.net}

This little gem of a cocktail uses reposado tequila, pomegranate liqueur and premium orange liqueur. – recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin of The Intoxicologist

The Ruby Twist tequila cocktail was inspired by a cocktail offered years ago at a local brewing company. It was really nice to see something other than a margarita on the menu. Upstream Brewing Company in the Omaha Old Market served their drink with lemonade and lime cordial on the rocks. A little creative play and additional ingredients brought their tequila long drink into premium cocktail range.

Orange radiates with remarkable flavor. There are heavy, yet smooth notes of vanilla. The flavors round out nicely giving this cocktail beautiful full texture and decadent mouth feel.

Ruby Twist Tequila Cocktail Recipe

Ruby Twist 034 This little gem of a cocktail uses reposado tequila, pomegranate liqueur and premium orange liqueur. Ruby Twist weighs in at about 48.63 proof. - recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin of The Intoxicologist {http://intoxicologist.net}

Ruby Twist weighs in at about 48.63 proof. – recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin of The Intoxicologist

Ruby Twist – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

1-1/2 ounce Reposado Tequila

1-1/2 ounce Pomegranate Liqueur

3/4 ounce Premium Orange Liqueur

Thick Fresh Lemon Twist Garnish

Combine liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Twist a fresh lemon rind over the cocktail so the essential oils spray into the drink. Drop lemon twist into the cocktail.

This little gem of a cocktail weighs in at about 48.63 proof {adding in approximately 1 ounce water dilution during the shake and chill process.} Please sip responsibly.

I used Cielo Tequila, PAMA Liqueur and Cointreau during the creation process.

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Tequila Cocktails with Interesting Ingredients

Tequila cocktails usually center on lime juice, some sort of orange liqueur and a name like “Margarita.” But not all tequila cocktails are built equally. A quick peek around the kitchen and creative inspiration will have you shaking up something special in no time.

Tequila Cocktails with Avocado

Cabo Wabo Tequila 5 with shot and limes shown - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Avocado isn’t just for guacamole anymore. The Guacarita just might pair rather nicely with a side of chips and dips though! The Guacarita combines tequila, avocado, agave nectar, fresh lime juice and cilantro. Get recipes for the Guacarita, a Churro Margarita and the Waborita in the Cabo Wabo Tequila Rocks post.

Larks and Japes has a very interesting tequila cocktail called the Mango Avocado Piedra Azul Punch. It has avocado, mango and wasabi in it to name a few ingredients. Definitely worth checking out!

Tequila Cocktails with Egg White

Tequila Cazadorez Teaser Cocktail 013 - Tease your taste buds with this little temptation of a cocktail. Teaser cocktail contains a wee bit of acidic tartness, hints of vanilla, a burst of orange and mellowed sweetness. - photo and recipe adaption by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Tease your taste buds with this little temptation of a cocktail. Teaser contains a wee bit of acidic tartness, hints of vanilla, a burst of orange and mellowed sweetness. Teaser includes egg white for texture and balance. If fresh egg white in cocktails makes you uneasy, try fresh egg substitute such as Egg Beaters or powdered egg white. Teaser recipe is included in the Tequila Cazadores Cocktail Tease review post.

2 more tequila cocktails with egg white include the Viva Maria with tequila, lime juice, maraschino liqueur and grenadine. There is also a Citrus Cactus drink with 2 ounces Tequila, 1/2 ounce each Lemon and Lime juice, 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup, 1 teaspoon Absinthe, 1 teaspoon Grenadine, 1 teaspoon Egg White. Dry shake all ingredients in cocktail shaker. Strain into Double Old Fashioned glass packed full of crushed ice.

Tequila Cocktails with Hibiscus Flowers

Gran Centenario Rosangel Tequila contains the subtly sweet flavor of hand-picked Hibiscus flowers. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Gran Centenario Rosangel Tequila brings unique flavor to the glass with its hibiscus flower flavor infusion. Add Italian Vermouth, Amaro, Blackberry Liqueur and a dash of bitters to the mixing tin and expect one heck of a flavorful sip! This Mexican Manhattan is one you’re sure to enjoy. Find the Jalisco Mexican Manhattan and Rosangel Ruby Fizz recipes in the Sipping Through Rosangel Tinted Glasses post.

More tequila cocktails with hibiscus flowers include Angel Eyes and Mama Cita. Food and Wine.com has a Hibiscus Tequila cocktail made from homemade hibiscus tea and tequila of your choice.

Tequila Cocktails with Elderflower Liqueur

St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur is an artisanal French liqueur created only once per year in late spring. It is said to be 100% all natural with no preservatives. It is created from elderflower blossoms in limited quantities. Officially St-Germain tastes like tropical fruit, citrus and orchard fruits. The flavor is soft and lilting on the tongue making it perfect for light sipping or adding that finishing touch to delicate cocktails.- photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur adds delicate sweetness to cocktails. Mix in tequila with a little heat and you’ve just kicked the flavor up a notch. Dia Del Amor mixes St-Germain, Reposado Tequila, Fresh Lime and few dashes of hot sauce together for a spicy twist on the usual “Margarita.” Get the Dia Del Amor recipe and 3 more St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur recipes in the Sexiest Valentine Cocktail Spirit post.

The Pastinaca contains tequila and Mezcal with Elderflower liqueur and grapefruit juice.

Tequila Cocktails with Espresso

Cafe Paloma tequila cocktails with espresso - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Getting buzzed takes on new meaning when caffeine is added to the ordinary Paloma cocktail. Palomas are refreshing summertime sippers. Tequila, grapefruit juice, lime and salted rim take the taste buds on a roller coaster ride of sweet, tart and salty. Add a dose of double espresso vodka and the mix just got a little pop of eye opening caffeine to brighten Happy Hour. Find the Café Paloma in Creating a Buzz.

More tequila cocktails with espresso include the Jalisco Express with coffee liqueur and espresso. The Café Pacifico is a nice winter warm up with tequila, coffee liqueur and hot coffee or espresso.

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Partida Tequila Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita

Partida Tequila Reposado 002 close up of bottle neck and bird logo. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Partida Tequila Reposado 002 close up of bottle neck and bird logo. – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Partida Tequila is quality Tequila made from 100% blue agave. It is all natural with no additives and no additional color. The Partida Tequila Reposado is aged in Jack Daniel’s American Oak barrels.

Partida Tequila Reposado 012 close up of bottle label. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Great care is taken during the creative process so the finest quality taste goes into each Partida Tequila bottle. Partida Tequila gives the agave plants 7 to 10 years to mature before harvesting. The riper the agave plant, the more flavorful it becomes.

Partida Tequila Reposado 052 Bottle stopper with Partida Tequila Reposado tasting shot. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Partida uses state of the art stainless steel ovens to bake their agave rather than the traditional old fashioned stone ovens. According to Partida, stone ovens develop sooty residue during the roasting process. Soot build up over time contributes to bitterness in Tequila. This is in part why Partida chooses stainless steel ovens. It is also why Partida Tequila cleans their ovens after each batch.

Partida Tequila Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita Recipe

Partida Tequila Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita 094 contains some of the same flavor elements of a classic Paloma long drink; Tequila, Lime and Grapefruit. This Margarita variation is a blended frozen drink with additional premium orange liqueur. Top it with a float of Cassis for wonderful lush flavor. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Partida Tequila Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita 094 contains some of the same flavor elements of a classic Paloma long drink; Tequila, Lime and Grapefruit. This Margarita variation is a blended frozen drink with additional premium orange liqueur. Top it with a float of Cassis for wonderful lush flavor. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Paloma long drink is such a refreshing warm weather drink with its easy tequila, lime and grapefruit flavors. It makes perfect sense to take the Paloma out for a spin and turn this tried and true favorite into a wonderful frozen blender drink. This Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita can easily make two smaller margaritas or one larger drink.

Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

2 ounces Partida Tequila Reposado

1 ounce O3 Premium Orange Liqueur

3 ounces Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

Salt Rim and Lime Wheel Garnish

10 to 12 ounces Ice

Place all ingredients in blender. Blend on high until all ice is completely integrated into drink. No ice chunks! Rim chilled glass with fresh lime slice. Dip into coarse salt. Pour blended mixture into salt rimmed glass. Garnish with lime slice.

Extra option: Add a 1/4 ounce Cassis float to the top of the drink for a wonderful burst of flavor.

Partida Tequila and Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita Stock Photography Availability

Partida Tequila Reposado 020 close up of wood bottle stopper. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Partida Tequila Reposado 020 close up of wood bottle stopper. – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

There are thirteen Partida Tequila bottle photography shots available in the stock photography gallery including the photos chosen for this post.

Partida Tequila Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita 116 contains some of the same flavor elements of a classic Paloma long drink; Tequila, Lime and Grapefruit. This Margarita variation is a blended frozen drink with additional premium orange liqueur. Top it with a float of Cassis for wonderful lush flavor. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

There are twenty-two images of the Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita with varying angles of the cocktail and lime wheel garnish. There are two O3 Premium Orange Liqueur holiday themed images in the Wine & Spirits Holiday Stock Photography Gallery. All images are available for immediate download for commercial and personal use, priced affordably in a variety of resolution sizes.

Partida Tequila Reposado 036 Bottle stopper with Partida Tequila Reposado tasting shot. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Review sample courtesy representatives of Partida Tequila. Join Partida in conversation on facebook.com/TequilaPartida and twitter.com/TequilaPartida.

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