Crammed into the busting-at-the-seams bottom drawer of my freezer is a collection of leftover bowls filled with… leftovers. There’s chili and chicken stock. And something that’s either more chili or possibly a meaty marinara sauce (I’ll find out for sure tomorrow – please let it be chili!).
And then there’s the bowl of strawberry puree. Thankfully the contents are frozen because that bowl was sideways. (I strongly adore organized spaces and strongly dislike the process of organizing them.)
The strawberry puree was leftover from making strawberry cupcakes for The Little’s birthday party last month. And while I would have loved to have used the fresh strawberries that we picked last week…
Last week, we took my visiting spring breaker niece and nephews to a local farm to pick strawberries. I had big plans for those strawberries (read: margaritas). And so did the kids (read: total, complete annihilation).
Over 6lb of strawberries and there were less than a dozen left 24 hours later – and 3 of those shouldn’t count because they were put back into the basket with bite marks on them. (Gross.) Apparently, there are no such things as leftovers when growing kids are involved. They were bottomless pits with loads of aggression and the cutest East Texas accents which became less cute every time I had to put them in timeout for trying to drown each other in the pool.
Kids these days, right?
I had my eye on Tide & Thyme’s Strawberry Margarita recipe and gave it a little bit of a makeover to use the leftover puree, fresh orange juice, and the leftover homemade margarita mix that I always keep in the fridge for “emergencies.”
Or to celebrate the send-off of those visiting bottomless pits.
The resulting margarita is beautiful, refreshing, and fruity with plenty of strawberry goodness. Go ahead and save yourself the trouble – make a double batch. If you’re anything like me, you won’t have to worry about leftovers this time.
A margarita worthy of spring and summer, made with fresh strawberries, orange juice, and a homemade margarita mix.
- 3 oz tequila
- 3 oz fresh orange juice (from about 2 navel oranges)
- 4 oz strawberry puree*
- 4 oz homemade margarita mix
- 2 glasses of ice
- Salt or sugar for rimming glasses (optional)
- The strawberry puree was leftover from tossing 1 tsp of sugar with 1.5 pints chopped strawberries and then pureed after letting it sit at room temp for a while. You can adjust accordingly.
- Rim two glasses with salt or sugar, if desired.
- Fill with ice.
- Stir the tequila, OJ, strawberry puree, and margarita mix together and pour over the ice.
- Serve, drink, repeat.
Yields: 2 servings
Estimated time: 10 minutes