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Strawberry Lemonade Aperol Margarita. Mixed simply with sweet strawberries, orange liquor, tequila, and the twist on this drink – Aperol and lemon. Simply blend with ice and finish with spicy/sweet ginger beer. A refreshing summer cocktail that’s perfectly icy, sweet, spicy and so delicious! The salted Tajin-lined rim keeps everyone coming back for a second round. Make my mocktail version to serve up to family and friends who don’t drink – everyone loves strawberry margaritas!

Strawberry Lemonade Aperol Margarita |

And we’re back! It’s the summer edition of our favorite HBH feature, Cocktail Saturday. I don’t plan to share a new cocktail every Saturday this summer, but a handful here and there for sure!

Then it will be back to regularly scheduled programming come fall with a new drink every Saturday!

For now, I’m very excited to tell you all about this fun margarita. It truly is summer in a cocktail. Such a great way to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend. Also, the colors are even a little patriotic too!

Strawberry Lemonade Aperol Margarita |

Here are the details

You’ll need lots of fresh strawberries, a bottle of your favorite tequila, Aperol, Cointreau, and lemon and lime juice. And then top with a spicy-sweet ginger beer to sweeten things up!

The Aperol gives the margarita a special touch with its sweetness and hints of orange and vanilla. Such a unique but delicious combination with spring/summer strawberries!!

The addition of lemon adds a kick that’s unexpected yet so delicious. I love the pairing of lemon with tequila and berries.

Since fresh strawberries are at their ripest these days, I decided I’d use lots of them in this fun drink. Using fresh berries is key, but we need to muddle them down to release the sweet juice.

Strawberry Lemonade Aperol Margarita |

Step 1 – rim your glass with Tajin

I mix Tajin spice blend with flaky sea salt, then run a lemon wedge around half of my cocktail glass and rim each glass with Tajin salt. Do not skip this. It’s so yumm!

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Step 2 muddle the berries

Muddle the strawberries together with the tequila. This helps to infuse the tequila with great flavor all while squeezing out the juices from the berries.

Step 3 – shake and strain

Add the Aperol, Cointreau, lemon juice, and lime juice. Fill with ice and shake until combined. Then strain the drink into your prepped salty Tajin-rimmed glasses. 

Step 4 – Top it off

Finish off each margarita with ginger beer, garnish as desired, and enjoy every spicy-sweet sip!

Simple, unique, delicious, and so pretty too.

Hope you guys have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Be sure to kick off summer with a fun cocktail or mocktail in hand!

Strawberry Lemonade Aperol Margarita |

Looking for other summer drink recipes? Here are some favorites:

Frozen Aperol Peach Margarita

Salted Spicy Watermelon Margarita Popsicles

Creamy Coconut Lime Mojito

Frozen Mango Mojito-Rita

Lastly, if you make this Strawberry Lemonade Aperol Margarita, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!


Strawberry Lemonade Aperol Margarita.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories Per Serving: 173 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • Tajin for the rim
  • 4-6 strawberries, sliced
  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce Aperol
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau (orange liquor)
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) lime juice
  • 1/3 cup strong ginger beer, for topping
  • 1 slice lemon for rimming glasses


  • 1. On a shallow plate, mix the Tajin with 2 tablespoons sea salt. Rim your glasses with the Tajin salt, then fill the glasses with ice.
    2. In a cocktail shaker or glass jar, muddle the strawberries with the tequila, squashing everything to release the juices. Add the Aperol, Cointreau, lemon juice, and lime juice. Fill with ice and shake until combined.
    3. Strain into your prepared glass. Top off with ginger beer. Garnish with strawberries and herbs. Drink and enjoy!


To Make a Mocktail: omit the tequila, Aperol, and orange liquor. Use 2 tablespoons of apple cider or sparkling apple cider and mix with 1 tablespoon of orange juice. 
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  1. 5 stars
    Nailed it! This is delicious. Such a perfectly balanced cocktail. Thank you for the recipe. I added the crushed strawberries to mine and it was Chefs Kiss.

    1. Hi Becca,
      Happy Sunday!! So glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe, thanks a lot for making it and your review! xT

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      Thanks so much!! I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and I appreciate you making it! Have a great weekend:)

  2. 5 stars
    This margarita is AMAZING! So balanced and so flavorful. This will be my new go to cocktail for taco night!

    1. Hi Sue,
      Thanks so much!! I love to hear that this recipe was delish and I appreciate you making it! xT

  3. 5 stars
    My husband and I made this cocktail over the holiday weekend and loved it!!
    My only suggestion- add a bit of the muddled strawberries to the drink. They a boozy punch of sweet strawberry flavor.
    This will be on repeat all summer long. Thanks for a great recipe!!

    1. Hey Janet,
      Happy Wednesday!🌤️🌸 I appreciate you making this recipe and your comment, so glad to hear that it turned out well for you! xx

  4. This is DELICIOUS! We made a slight tweak because I was batching out multiple drinks at a time, so I blended the strawberries into the tequila instead of muddling and it worked perfectly. We realized the name abbreviates to SLAM, and we have dubbed the ‘SLAM’ our official summer cocktail!

  5. What would be a good strawberry substitute? I’m extremely allergic but this drink sounds so good.

    1. Hi Tylyn,
      Watermelon would also work well for you! Please let me know if you have any other questions! Cheers! xT

    2. 5 stars
      My new summer cocktail. We were out of Aperol so my husband suggested to use Campari. I’m not a Campari fan but couldn’t really tell. Also didn’t have the Tajin to rim the glass so I used the pink salt and TJ’s chili lime seasoning. It was refreshing and delicious. Garnished with mint and an half strawberry. What a fun new drink!

      1. Hey Teresa,
        Fantastic!! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks for trying it out! Have a great week:)

    1. Hi Lucinda,
      Feel free to reduce the alcohol to your liking:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! Cheers! xx

  6. Hi Tieghan,

    I love your recipes and beautiful food photography, I really admire you. I just started shooting food photography and was wondering if you can throw some robe to a newbie! Can you tell me what lens your shot this with?

    1. Hi Victoria,
      Thanks so much for your kind message!! I use a canon 5d mark iv when shooting my recipe photos:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT

  7. Tried this yesterday and it was incredible! Adding aperol to a margarita was genius. Today I converted ounces to cups to make a big batch to take on a camping trip this week. So good, thank you!

    1. Hi Judy,
      Happy Memorial Day!!🇺🇸🎆 I am thrilled to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it! xT

  8. 4 stars
    I likes this, I thought the aperol was a bit o er powering. If I make again I will omit or cut back on it.

    1. Hi Lucy,
      Happy Memorial Day weekend!🇺🇸 I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks a bunch for making it! xx

    1. Well, it has tequila, lime, orange liqueur and a salted rim all are typical in a margarita. Though this isn’t a typical margarita I can see why it is called that.

    2. Hi Steve,
      It’s definitely not a classic margarita, but tequila, lime, and orange liquor are usually all typical for a margarita and then I just added a fun twist with the aperol and strawberry! Cheers! xx

    1. Hi Kelley,
      You bet, totally fine to skip the aperol:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! Cheers! xx