Strawberry Basil Margaritas.


I adore hosting summer parties outside on our patio.  Small groups or large groups… Love having people over.  We fire up our firepit (that I built) and enjoy cocktails while the kids toast marshmallows and make s’mores.  One of my favorite things about summer, hands down!

This weekend we had a wonderful party to celebrate my daughter’s 11th birthday.  I wanted to prepare some drinks for my beverage containers ahead of time.  I adapted this recipe from theKitchn website.

This was to fill a 3 gallon beverage dispenser.


4 (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate cans
12 c of fresh, water
15 strawberries, hulled and cut in half
18 basil leaves
1 bottle of 750 ml – Golden Tequilla

Into your beverage dispenser, empty all of the limeade cans into your dispenser followed by 12 cups of water  Then add the tequila.  Stir to blend.  Then add the strawberries and basil.  Refrigerate for 2-4 hours.  We had ice on the side, not to water the margaritas down throughout the night.  These were such a hit!  Both the men and women loved it.  I’ll be making this cocktail throughout the summer.

— Knead to Cook

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  1. Your recipe sound great and I”m going to try this weekend. I note your quantities are approximately 4x ingredients listed on the kitchn pitcher recipe, except for tequila. (2) 750 ML bottles of tequila sounds like too much but is one bottle (approx. 3 cups) enough for this large batch? I’d hate to put too much in it. (PS – I have very large beverage dispenser). Thanks!

    1. Hmmmm I made this recipe long ago sadly and my mind isn’t as fresh as it once was with this one. I remember it made a ton! I would recommend possibly keeping the quantities lower then add as you go as a failsafe. I remember it was a total hit with everyone!

  2. This sounds delicious. Is it possible to substitute club soda for the plain water to make it fizzy and still use in the beverage dispenser? Also, can I leave the tequila out and “on the side” so guests can choose to add alcohol or not?