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Strawberry Margarita Preserves

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  • 2 quarts strawberries, cleaned
  • 2 cups pared tart apples
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 7 tablespoons triple sec
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry schnapps


  1. Hull and halve berries. Measure 6 cups. Peel and core apples, chop and measure 2 cups.
  2. Combine berries, apples and lemon juice in a large stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Bring to a full boil stirring constantly. Add sugar to boiling fruit and stir until dissolved. Boil gently uncovered, stirring frequently until mixture reaches gel stage, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Prepare six 1/2-pint jars for filling.
  4. Remove mixture from heat. Stir in tequila, triple sec and schnapps. Return to heat and boil for 5 minutes.
  5. Ladle into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Remove bubbles.