Strawberry Margarita Icebox Pie

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Strawberry Margarita Icebox Pie is everything you want a margarita to be, and then some. It's made with strawberries, lime and tequila for a frosty, frozen treat that's perfect for summer cookouts and barbecues!

strawberry margarita pie with limes and strawberries on top.
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Why You'll Love This Recipe

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 take to a children's event.

However, if you want to invite a few adult friends over and celebrate summer, this pie's for you! It's perfect by the pool, on vacation, or at a backyard BBQ.

This strawberry margarita pie is cold, tart and sweet. Plus, it's absolutely delicious. You'll love the salty pretzel crust and strawberry pie filling.

Turn up the chill with a Strawberry Margarita Icebox Pie and let the party begin!

strawberry pie with limes on a towel with cocktail photos.

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 frozen strawberry pie that tastes like limeade with hints of strawberries.

Without the tequila, just call it a Strawberry Limeade Pie. Everyone will love it!

The tanginess of the lime pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the strawberries. Adding tequila gives it an interesting 'zing'. But, this frozen strawberry margarita pie tastes amazing with or without the alcohol.

limes and strawberries decorating the top of a pie.

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, the next step is really fun. Throw in some pretzels, (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.

pretzel crust in a green pie plate.

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 is the time to do it.

Throw a few strawberries into the filling for added flavor. Not enough to turn the filling 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 the pie into the freezer for at least four hours until it's frozen to perfection.

filling for margarita pie in a green pie plate.

Decorating Ideas

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 with sliced strawberries and limes on one side and layer the fruit as pictured. Let your creative juices flow!

strawberries and limes sliced on a strawberry pie.

Freezing and Storage

Serve immediately without freezing, or wrap pie tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 months. Make sure you wrap it without the decorations on top!

This pie is meant to be decorated after it's frozen. You can refreeze leftover pie (if you're lucky enough to have any).

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

Recipe FAQS

Does the tequila freeze in the pie?

Yes, the tequila will freeze when mixed with the other ingredients. Using just ¼ cup prevents it from staying in liquid form.

Can I substitute other fruits?

Sure! Feel free to make any substitution you like. You can try using raspberries, blueberries or blackberries which should work very well.

Can I use frozen fruit?

Yes, you can use frozen fruit in this recipe but it won't look the same if you decorate the top. You could use frozen fruit and leave the top undecorated, or simply top the pie with whipped cream or cool whip.

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strawberry margarita pie with limes and strawberries on top.

Strawberry Margarita Icebox Pie

When it's hot outside, Strawberry Margarita Icebox Pie will turn up the chill! It's filled with strawberries, lime, and even tequila! 
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 466kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Ingredients

CRUST

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

FILLING

  • 16 oz. cream cheese
  • cup key lime juice I use Nellie & Joe's ad
  • 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 strawberries diced
  • ¼ cup Blue Agave Tequila

GARNISH

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

Instructions

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

Nutrition

Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 500mg | Potassium: 339mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 209mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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17 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    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. Can't wait to try this! The pretzel crust is a brilliant idea. Your presentation is always so gorgeous!

  3. If making these as an individual dessert instead of a whole pie how long would you suggest cooking the pretzel crust for in say a muffin tin pan?

    1. Hi Cheyenne. I haven't tested individual servings, but my best guess is 5 minutes cooking time for a muffin tin pan. Hope that works for you!

  4. 5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious! Cool and refreshing and the perfect amount of tequila! Love it!! ❤️❤️

  5. 5 stars
    I can't believe how much this pie tastes like a margarita! It's amazing. My friends love it when I bring this for dessert.

    1. Yes, 3 strawberries for the filling and 6 strawberries for the garnish. So, a total of 9 fresh strawberries.

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