Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Margarita Strawberries

It's not that I spend a lot of time thinking about cocktails, but I was thinking strongly about a strawberry margarita the other day having just returned from a successful bit of fresh produce shopping that yielded some amazingly good tasting strawberries. I thought just how wonderful a strawberry margarita would taste, and then began to think about what a great combination of ingredients strawberries, limes, and orange liqueur make. Then I thought how delicious this would be in edible form and set to work making the edible strawberry margarita.

Mr. O-P and I sampled them after dinner and both agreed that this is the perfect combination of ingredients. The tequila is not overt (and these are certainly not for kids!) and the amount can be increased if you are looking for a bit more of an alcohol punch, but then you would also have to increase the powdered sugar accordingly to still allow for piping of the cream cheese.

Sprinkling them with a bit of margarita salt adds to the authenticity, but if salt scares you on a sweet dessert, use a bit of sanding sugar instead.

Margarita Strawberries

10 large strawberries
6 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
Zest of 1 lime (approximately 1 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon Triple Sec (or other orange liqueur)
1 Tablespoon Tequila
Margarita salt for garnishing
Lime slices for garnishing*

Wash and hull the strawberries. Allow to drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Stand strawberries up with the hulled end on the bottom. Mine stood up nice and straight, but if yours happen to lean, cut a tiny bit off of the bottom to allow them to sit flat. Make an
x cutting in the top of the strawberry, slicing almost to the bottom. Carefully spread this apart to allow for filling.

In a medium mixing bowl place cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, lime zest, Triple Sec, and Tequila, and whip with an electric mixer until well blended. Place mixture into a piping bag fitted with a wide star tip (I use the disposable piping bags that I get from Michael’s). Pipe carefully until they are filled to your liking.  Top with lime piece and sprinkle with margarita salt.

If you have any cream cheese left over, it tastes amazingly good the next morning on Banana Bread. Amazingly good!

*I have found that the best way to cut little wedges of lime and to get them to cooperate in decorative settings is to freeze 1/4-inch slices of lime for about 25 minutes, then remove them from the freezer and slice into small wedge shapes. They cut like a dream, even into the tiniest little wedges, and stand up nicely on top of dessert.

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Carole said...

Pattie, your photos are so fabulous. Great idea - I'm not a tequila girl but I think this would work with my fave limoncello! Pinning to my recipes to try board. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

Rattlebridge Farm said...

How gorgeous and original!

In Good Flavor said...

This is brilliant, Pattie!! I'm loving all the flavors! Pinning!

Unknown said...

Hi there! Visiting from the Creative Ways link party. This is so cute and creative! The strawberries look so yummy and I love the little lime wedge!

Kristin O said...

MMMmmm. Margarita strawberries sound amazing!! And what a great tip to cut the limes. They always fall apart on me. haha. If you get the chance, I'd love it if you linked these up for Thursty Thursday today!

Mary said...

Beautiful and delicious Pattie! I love the tip on the lime wedge and the bit of salt! Pinning :)

Unknown said...

I am a lover of margaritas- this is a brilliant idea! I'll bet these are the perfect adult dessert for a summer picnic. Definitely pinning! Thanks for sharing.

I stopped by from Tuesdays at Our Home.

Unknown said...

Hi Pattie, These fresh strawberry margaritas not only look pretty, but fantastically creative! Visiting from Foodie Friday!
Thanks for sharing! Christine@CherishingaSweetLife

bj said...

These are just about the most luscious things I've ever seen and if I wasn't a sissy scardy cat, I would give them a try. Knowing me, tho, it would be such a disaster..maybe I'll stay with the drink and add the beautiful berries to it. :)

Morsels of Life | CJ Huang said...

These strawberries just look so bright and yummy! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo. Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe with us - you're featured this week on Five Friday Finds! I'm looking forward to what you share this week. :)

Melis said...

These look amazing! Pinned and now following your Cinco de Mayo Pinterest board. Thanks for sharing on Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party!

Kim Romano said...

These were so delicious

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I’m so glad that you liked them, Kim. Thanks for letting me know.