No-Bake Strawberry Margarita Pie

published Jun 26, 2024
summer
No-Bake Strawberry Margarita Pie Recipe

This pie brings all the joy of a strawberry margarita — without the hangover.

Serves8 to 10

Prep15 minutes

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margarita pie slice
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: Spencer Richards

As the temperature heats up, there’s nothing quite like cooling down with an ice-cold margarita at the end of the day. While I love the classic, warm-weather produce always inspires me to branch out with my margarita flavors. I’ve channeled my love for this cocktail into a no-bake strawberry margarita pie. It’s the perfect dessert when you’re looking to feed a crowd with an unexpected sweet treat that captures all of summer’s favorite flavors. 

Oftentimes booze is hard to detect in desserts. Here, I add Cointreau and tequila (we’ve got the perfect list of tequila cocktails, too, if you’re a fan) to the strawberry filling to bring out the flavor of both while mimicking the taste of a margarita. For that extra bit of margarita flavor, I slip some into the whipped cream as well. Since it sets up in the freezer, this is a great option when you’re looking to make dessert ahead of time or simply want to avoid turning on your oven during the dog days of summer. 

Why You’ll Love It

  • This pie brings all the joy of a strawberry margarita without the hangover. There’s only a quarter cup of alcohol in this pie, which is split up between eight to 10 servings. 
  • The easy filling comes together in a food processor. Instead of tediously folding whipped cream into a strawberry mixture, I call for whipping heavy cream in the food processor first then adding the rest of the filling ingredients, and blending just until combined. Seriously, that’s it!
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: Spencer Richards

Key Ingredients in No-Bake Strawberry Margarita Pie

  • Strawberries: Fresh strawberries contribute to the signature pink color of this pie along with a burst of strawberry flavor. 
  • Alcohol: Both tequila and Cointreau are used here to macerate the strawberries and mimic the flavor of a margarita. 
  • Lime: Lime zest brings all the flavors of lime found in a margarita without adding any more liquid to the filling. 
  • Heavy cream: Acts as the filling of this pie, adding stability and airiness. 
  • Graham crackers: Grab a 10-inch graham cracker crust from the grocery store for ease. You can also make your own, too, if you’re up for it; I’ve added instructions down below. 
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: Spencer Richards

How to Make No-Bake Strawberry Margarita Pie

  1. Make the filling. Add heavy cream to the food processor and blend until whipped. Add the strawberries, sugar, lime zest, and booze and blend until just combined. 
  2. Fill the crust & freeze. Pour the strawberry filling into the graham cracker crust. Let the pie set in the freezer until solid, at least 4 hours.  
  3. Make the topping. Before serving, make whipped cream. Top the set pie with the whipped cream and sprinkle with flaky salt (if using) and lime zest. 

This is part of The Summer of Lazy Baking, featuring our easiest-ever recipes and grocery store hacks for making this the most delicious summer ever.

No-Bake Strawberry Margarita Pie Recipe

This pie brings all the joy of a strawberry margarita — without the hangover.

Prep time 15 minutes

Serves 8 to 10

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

For the filling and crust:

  • 1 pound

    fresh strawberries

  • 2

    medium limes

  • 2 cups

    cold heavy cream

  • 3/4 cup

    powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon

    blanco tequila

  • 1 tablespoon

    Cointreau

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1

    (10-inch) store-bought prepared graham cracker crust

For the whipped cream and serving:

  • 1 cup

    cold heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons

    powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon

    blanco tequila

  • 1 tablespoon

    Cointreau

  • 1

    medium lime

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    flaky salt (optional)

Instructions

Make the filling:

  1. Trim and halve 1 pound fresh strawberries (about 3 1/2 cups). Finely grate the zest of 2 of the medium limes.

  2. Place 2 cups cold heavy cream in the food processor. Process until thickened, about 45 seconds. Add the strawberries, lime zest, 3/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon blanco tequila, 1 tablespoon Cointreau, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Process until just combined, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Pour into a 10-inch prepared graham cracker crust and smooth the top. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.

Make the whipped cream and assemble:

  1. When ready to serve, place 1 cup cold heavy cream, 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon blanco tequila, and 1 tablespoon Cointreau in the bowl of a stand mixer (or large bowl if using an electric hand mixer or whisking by hand). Beat with the whisk attachment on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. Spread the whipped cream evenly over the pie, leaving a 1-inch border. Finely grate the zest of 1 medium lime over the whipped cream (save all the zested limes for another use). Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon flaky salt if desired. Slice and serve.

Recipe Notes

Substitutions: For an alcohol-free version, leave out the tequila and Cointreau.

Homemade graham cracker crust: Melt 7 tablespoons unsalted butter in the microwave or on the stovetop. Break 12 full sheets graham crackers in half and place in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Process until finely ground, 30 to 45 seconds (about 1 1/2 cups). Add the butter, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Pulse until the mixture looks like wet sand and holds together when pinched between your fingers, 10 to 12 (1-second) pulses.

Transfer to a standard 9- or 9 1/2-inch pie plate (not deep dish). Using a flat-bottomed measuring cup, press it evenly into the bottom and about 1 inch up the sides. Refrigerate while you make the filling.

Storage: Cover leftover pie loosely with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and freeze for up to 1 week. When ready to serve, let sit in the refrigerator for a few hours until the whipped cream is thawed.