Let's celebrate the magic of roasted fruit starting with these Roasted Strawberry Jalapeño Margaritas! Vanilla roasted strawberries get mixed with jalapeño-infused tequila, sugar, agave, and lime juice for a refreshing, spicy, & slightly sweet frozen margarita cocktail with only 8 ingredients needed.
If you've tried my Mango Jalapeño Margaritas then you KNOW I am a fan of spicy cocktails. Between the mango margaritas and my Frozen Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas, I think it's pretty clear I also have an obsession with frozen margaritas.
Let's be honest, they kind of taste like an adult-approved slushy, so who wouldn't like that?!
What makes this strawberry jalapeño margarita recipe so unique is roasting the strawberries first. It truly adds so much more depth of flavor to this roasted strawberry margarita!
Tips to make roasted strawberries
The only step in this recipe that includes a bit of prep & time is roasting the strawberries. Essentially this process involves roasting strawberries at 350F degrees for 18-20 minutes.
However, here are a few tips and tricks you'll want to follow for the best results:
- Always use parchment paper. I tried roasting strawberries directly on my pan and they stuck to the pan and caramelized too fast. Using parchment paper allowed me to cook the strawberries longer without the sugar browning. Therefore, it led to much more flavor and the bonus of less clean up!
- Rub the sugar & vanilla into the strawberries before baking. It's really important to rub the sugar and vanilla into the strawberries and not just dump it on top. Otherwise, you may end up with hard clumps of sugar and not the juicy soft sweetened strawberries we are looking for.
- Don't roast strawberries too long. It's easy to think you may need a few more minutes, but it is best to remove the strawberries from the oven before any sugar begins to get brown and caramelize. Otherwise, it will be hard once cooled and won't be a syrup we can add to the cocktail. See the pictures below for a little before and after reference!
How to infuse tequila with jalapeños
Unlike my Mango Jalapeño Margaritas where we blend the jalapeño right into the cocktail, this time I decided to actually infuse the tequila with jalapeño instead. I originally got this idea from this post, but changed the ratio to meet the amount of tequila we need in this recipe.
To do this, add 3-4 slices of jalapeño to a glass with the tequila you're using for the recipe and let it steep for 10-30 minutes while the strawberries are roasting. You honestly do not want to infuse the tequila much longer or the cocktail will get too spicy.
If you are making this strawberry jalapeño margarita for the first time, I recommend sticking to 10-15 minutes of infusing time. Believe me, it still adds a kick!
After you remove the slices of jalapeño from the cocktail, don't throw them out! You can use them as a fun cocktail garnish or even add them to a fun dinner recipe like my Cauliflower Chickpea Tacos or Vegan Lentil Tacos.
How to make a lime sugar rim
The last tip I'm going to share for this cocktail is how to make an optional lime sugar cocktail rim! Basically, add ¼ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon lime zest to a plate and mix together.
Then, take each glass and run a lime wedge around the outside of the rim to get it wet.
Next, dip the glass into the plate of lime sugar, swirl around, and remove. I like to let the sugar set for about 1 minute before adding in any liquids, but it really is that easy! P.S- if you're a big fan of salt rims, you can also do this with coarse salt.
Assembling the jalapeño margaritas
Now that the strawberries are roasted and the tequila is infused, it's time to blend everything together!
Simply add the roasted strawberries, jalapeño-infused tequila, lime juice, ice, and optional agave to the blender and blend until smooth.
I like to start with 1 tablespoon agave (since the strawberries are pretty sweet) and add up to ¼ cup if needed. I left this open-ended in the recipe as it totally will depend on how sweet you like your cocktails!
Then, pour the cocktail into cocktail glasses and serve!
I truly hope you love these Roasted Strawberry Jalapeño Margaritas! This easy recipe makes 3-4 frozen margaritas. It is an AWESOME Summer pitcher cocktail and is easy to double or triple if you are serving a crowd. Enjoy!
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Strawberry Jalapeño Margaritas
- 4 cups halved strawberries measure once cut
- ¼ cup sugar for roasting strawberries
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste optional but SO good
- 6 oz blanco/silver tequila
- 3-4 slices jalapeño
- 3 oz lime juice juice of 3 limes
- 3-4 cups ice add more or less if desired
- 1-4 tablespoon agave optional, add as desired for a sweeter cocktail or omit for a less sweet cocktail
- Preheat the oven to 350F and chop the strawberries in half. Cover a baking tray with parchment paper and add the chopped strawberries, ¼ cup sugar, and the vanilla bean paste onto the tray. Toss together until the strawberries are coated in the sugar and vanilla. Then, add the tray to the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes until the strawberries are letting out juice, but are not caramelized. Once roasted, remove and let cool on the tray for 10 minutes before blending.
- While the strawberries are roasting, add the jalapeño to a small glass with the tequila. Let the jalapeño steep in the tequila for 10-30 minutes to infuse it. Then, remove the jalapeño slices and set aside to use as an optional garnish.
- Add the roasted strawberries, jalapeño-infused tequila, lime juice, optional agave and ice to a blender. You can add up to ¼ cup agave for a sweeter cocktail, but I tend to stick to 1-2 tablespoon agave for a less sweet cocktail. Blend together until smooth and then pour into 3-4 cocktail glasses. Garnish with additional fresh strawberries, jalapeño slices, and serve!
- To make a lime sugar rim add ¼ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon lime zest to a small plate and mix together. Run a lime wedge over the rim of the glass until wet and then dip it into the sugar lime mixture. Swirl the cup in the plate, then remove and let the sugar rim set for about 1 minute before pouring in any liquids. You can also do this with coarse salt in place of sugar.
- Margaritas are best enjoyed right away as they will naturally separate when left to sit. If the mixture has separated, add back to the blender for and blend for 15 seconds until smooth again.
- Tequila can be infused with jalapeño slices from 10-30 minutes. The longer you let it steep, the spicier it will get. I tend to let mine steep for 15 minutes and it still makes a very spicy cocktail.