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Strawberry Margarita Icebox Pie

It’s getting hot in our neck of the woods. I’ve made an administrative decision to turn up the chill with a Strawberry Margarita Icebox Pie!

First things first. This pie has tequila in it. It’s the real deal. It won’t make you tipsy, but it’s probably not the best choice to make for a family cookout. However, if you want to invite a few adult friends over and celebrate summer, this pie’s for you.

Can It Be Made Without Tequila?

Here’s a cool tip…Strawberry Margarita Icebox Pie can be made with or without tequila, so if you choose to leave it out, you’ll still have a delicious pie that tastes like limeade with hints of strawberries. You can call it Strawberry Limeade Pie. Not too shabby!

How to Make the Crust

This pie starts with a buttery pretzel crust. It has just the right texture and saltiness to compliment the taste of a margarita. If you have a blender or food processor, this step is really fun. Throw some pretzels in, (I used gluten-free), and grind them into a coarse chop. Of course, if you’d rather use graham crackers, that’s a great substitution.

Add melted butter plus a little sugar, then press the pretzels or graham crackers into the bottom of a pie plate or dish. To harden the crust, bake it at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, then cool to room temperature.

What’s in the Filling?

The filling is a mixture of cream cheese, condensed milk and key lime juice.(ad) If you choose to add tequila, this would be a good time to do it. 🙂 I like to throw in a few strawberries for added flavor…not enough to turn the pie dark pink, but just enough to give it a hint of color.

Mix it all together and pour the creamy filling into the cooled pretzel crust. Spread it with a spatula until it is smooth. Pop that baby into the freezer for at least four hours until it’s frozen to perfection.

Why You’ll Love This Pie

Besides being delicious, this pie is fun to decorate! Once you take it out of the freezer, let it thaw for 10 minutes, then decorate with strawberries and limes as desired. I like to start on one side and layer the fruit as pictured. Let your creative juices flow!

The tanginess of the lime pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the strawberries. Adding tequila gives it an interesting ‘zing’. But, this pie also tastes amazing without it.

Serving Suggestions

Serve immediately for best results. Refreeze leftover pie (if you’re lucky enough to have any).

This is my new favorite dessert for all kinds of reasons. Be sure to leave a comment below and tell me what you think!

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decorated frozen margarita pie with strawberries and limes on one side in a green pie plate

Strawberry Margarita Icebox Pie


  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

When it’s hot outside, Strawberry Margarita Icebox Pie will turn up the chill! It’s filled with strawberries, lime, and even tequila! 


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Ingredients

CRUST

  • 2 cups crushed pretzel crumbs (I used gluten-free)
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar

FILLING

  • 16 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup key lime juice (I use Nellie & Joe’s) ad
  • 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 strawberries, diced
  • 1/4 cup Blue Agave Tequila 

GARNISH

  • 6 strawberries, sliced
  • 2 limes, thinly sliced
  • tiny mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To make the crust, pulse pretzels in blender until crumbly.  
  3. Add melted butter to pretzels and mix well.
  4. Pour pretzels in bottom of a pie plate or dish. Press firmly into the sides and bottom with your hands.
  5. Bake crust at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Take out of oven and cool completely.
  6. With a mixer, beat cream cheese until fluffy.
  7. Add lime juice and beat until there are no lumps.
  8. Add sweetened condensed milk and strawberries.  Beat on high speed for 2 minutes.
  9. Stir in tequila.
  10. Pour filling into cooled crust and freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.
  11. Take pie out of freezer, let thaw for 10 minutes, then decorate with strawberries, limes and mint leaves.

Notes

The tequila can be left out of the recipe if desired. You won’t get the margarita flavor, but it will still taste like strawberry limeade, which is a good thing. 🙂  

Gluten-free pretzels work well in this dish.

Since this pie contains tequila, it’s intended for adults age 21 and over. 

  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Mixer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pie, margarita, strawberry margarita, margarita pie, frozen pie, icebox pie

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8 Comments

  1. This pie is amazing! It says you can do with or without tequila but I suggest with, it’s perfect and not overpowering. Loving these easy recipes!!

  2. Michelle

    This is so delicious!!!

  3. Can’t wait to try this! The pretzel crust is a brilliant idea. Your presentation is always so gorgeous!

  4. I just got a sample of this deliciousness! Can’t wait to make it for my family!

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