Quick, homemade jam is the secret ingredient in this balsamic strawberry margarita recipe. Cheers!
This strawberry margarita uses my low-sugar balsamic strawberry preserves instead of simple syrup. The jam adds sweetness with natural sugars from the fruit and vinegar. The whole jam recipe has only a tablespoon of added sugar, so you can tell yourself that this strawberry margarita is healthier than the kind you’d order poolside.
If making jam is kind of scary to you, don’t worry! Making refrigerator jam is as easy as making simple syrup. You just have to keep stirring until you get the right consistency. It’s a good intro to jam-making on top of being a great strawberry margarita add-in.
I have had so much fun making strawberry jams lately, and I kind of think I’m embarking on a jam-making kick. Using jam as the base for a cocktail was kind of a revelation, and you can bet that there will be more jam-based cocktails coming soon. I have some fruit and herb combinations in my head that I’d like to eat on toast and mix into cocktails.
(I know. Fruit and herb cocktails? Me? A shock.)
This recipe works best with a cocktail shaker, but I included instructions for rigging a shaker out of a pint glass and the lid from a small tupperware container. Either way works fine, though a cocktail shaker is probably the less messy option.
Once you shake, you’ll need to strain. A fine mesh strainer is going to be a pain, I’ll be honest with you, and you will probably lose a lot of the cocktail this way. I used the strainer from my cocktail kit, which worked well.
If you don’t have a strainer, I’d recommend using a tupperware lid as a make-shift strainer. Slide it off the top of your pint glass to create a narrow opening. You might have more pieces of strawberry preserves in your finished strawberry margarita, but is that so bad?
Balsamic Strawberry Margarita
This yields a small-yet-mighty cocktail. You can serve it up in a cordial glass, like I did, or pour it over ice in a small juice glass. If you go for an up drink, beware. There’s a lot of booze in that little cup! Sip slowly. Maybe with some chips and a side of my 10 Minute Guacamole to go with.
Yield: 1 small strawberry margarita
- 2 tablespoons Balsamic Strawberry Preserves
- 1 1/2 ounces tequila
- 1/2 ounce orange liqueur of your choice (I used Cointreau, because that’s what I had.)
- juice of 1/2 a fresh lime
- In a cocktail shaker combine the preserves, tequila, liqueur, and lime juice. Drop 1/4 of the juiced lime in there too, why not? Mix until the preserves dissolve.
- Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, cover, and shake. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can do this in a pint glass. Cover with the lid from a small tupperware, and make sure you shake over the sink. Either way, shake, shake, shake. Shake it for a full minute, so that the ice begins to melt.
- Strain into a small glass (use a cocktail strainer or see above for how to strain with the pint glass and lid). I used a cordial glass, which worked perfectly. Garnish with more lime and a strawberry.