Pitcher perfect…nudge, nudge…get it? Pitcher…picture…uh hmm. This really simple recipe for a Pitcher Perfect Strawberry Margarita is just in time for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations (or for any ol’ time); it will serve a crowd, or keep in the refrigerator for some sippin’ on the porch with your sweetie. AND it’s five ingredients.
I’ve told you all about the Nashville Girls before, but never how we met. Peggy, Robin and I were all in the same provisional class of Junior League in Nashville. Peg and I were alphabetically assigned to sit next to each other (we didn’t know Robin yet – it was a large group of women), but Peg and I would have just the best time giggling and making fun of the whole rigmarole. I’ll have to tell you the story of the time we were responsible for refreshments…it’s a doozy. It was during our “class” that I coined the term “Little League” for the organization…just because…well, they needed to not take themselves quite so seriously; plus, the meetings tended to drone on and on.
Anyway, when we finished with our provisional year, we had to select a placement. That is where you volunteer to help in some organization in the community. Peggy, Robin and I all chose C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocate), which is similar to a guardian ad litem program, where volunteers are court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children in order to provide children with a safe and healthy environment in permanent homes.
The training was pretty extensive, rightfully so; Peggy and I decided that in order to get through the long series of classes we would reward ourselves after each training session by having refreshments at a local Mexican restaurant called Rio Bravo. After a few weeks, Robin decided that Peg and I were “The Fun Girls” and wanted to come along. That was the start of our friendship…Connie came along later, being a neighbor of Peg.
So…at Rio Bravo we’d have a beer, or a margarita…or pitchers of margaritas. Ever since then, I can’t think of pitchers full of margaritas without thinkin’ of my Nashville Girls and how much fun we had.
Margaritas are a fun cocktail…and Cinco de Mayo is a great time to bust out a pitcher full. Get ready for Sunday and pick up the ingredients.
p.s.: As always, when consuming alcoholic beverages, please drink responsibly.
- 8 cups (64 ounces) Limeade
- 1 pound fresh strawberries, puréed (reserve some for garnish, if desired)
- 2 cups tequila (I used Patron Silver, but any kind will do)
- ¼ cup triple sec (or any orange flavored liqueur)
- Juice of one lime
- Margarita or Kosher salt for rimming the glasses (optional)
- Place all the ingredients in a large pitcher, stir to combine.
- Chill well.
- Serve cold, or over ice, or frozen by blending with ice.