Strawberry Basil Margarita

Chef Megan Mitchell’s twist on a classic margarita combines garden strawberries with fresh basil, lime juice, and agave. It’s perfect for summer sipping.

A strawberry margarita topped with basil.

Muddled strawberries add a subtle sweetness and pop of color to this twist on a classic margarita. Fresh basil, lime juice, and agave round it all out for a refreshing, slightly sweet summer drink. Pair it with a salad of crispy Olive Oil Zucchini and Sweet Corn Relish and you've got your summer garden in perfect savory form.

Yield: 1 drink


  • 4 ripe strawberries, quartered
  • 4-5 basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce agave
  • Ice
  • Basil sprig, for garnish
  • Lime rounds, for garnish
A strawberry margarita topped with basil.


  • Add the basil and quartered strawberries to a cocktail shaker.
  • Muddle for 30 seconds until broken down and the strawberries have released their juices.
  • Add the tequila, lime juice, agave and 1/4 cup ice.
  • Cover and shake for 20 seconds.
  • Fill a short glass with ice and pour in the cocktail.
  • Garnish with a basil sprig and lime slices.

Recipe and photos by Megan Mitchell.

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