Tequila Strawberry Shortcake is a dessert that starts with homemade biscuits kicked up a notch with the addition of cornmeal and strawberries that are infused with tequila! Try this Strawberry Shortcake Recipe if you want a more traditional recipe.

Tequila Strawberry Shortcake

One thing that is uniquely different about this recipe is the addition of cornmeal. The cornmeal adds a slightly crunchy texture and a beautiful golden hue. It’s a really fabulous experience to have the slight texture of the biscuits and the smooth creamy whipped cream and strawberries. You need to try it just to know how awesome the combination is! If you want a traditional biscuit, try my Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits!

Tequila Strawberry Shortcake

Tequila Strawberry Shortcake Ingredients

There are three parts to this tequila strawberry shortcake recipe–homemade biscuits, infused strawberries, and whipped topping.

Biscuits: As stated, these biscuits are kicked up a notch by adding cornmeal to the mix.

Strawberries: I used fresh strawberries in this recipe. Be sure to wash and hull them. Instead of simply cutting off the tops straight across, insert a sharp knife at an angle and rotate the strawberry in a circle until the stem pulls out.

Whipped Topping: Cool whip is fine to use, but step it up a notch by making your own homemade whipped topping!

Tequila Strawberry Shortcake - Homemade Cornmeal Biscuit

Tequila Strawberries

I have to admit, I was a bit hesitant to try this! (I am not a huge tequila drinker.) But this doesn’t taste like you are taking shots at the dinner table. 😂 The tequila adds something magical to the strawberries… just enhancing and magnifying their amazing sweetness and charm. If you don’t want to use tequila simply replace it with water.

Tequila Strawberries - Tequila Strawberry Shortcake

Whipped Cream for Strawberry Shortcakes

Here is a fabulous homemade whipped cream recipe. If you are using homemade whipped cream be sure to serve immediately after assembling.  For an even more decadent treat, warm the biscuits just before assembling!  The strawberries and cold whipped topping will almost melt into the toasty biscuit creating the most fabulous taste sensation. You will have the perfect Strawberry Shortcake!

Overhead View of Tequila Strawberry Shortcake with Whipped Cream

Looking for More Strawberry Desserts?

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This is not your grandma's shortcake recipe!
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Cornmeal Biscuits with Strawberries

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
These perfect homemade biscuits are kicked up a notch with the addition of cornmeal and the strawberries are infused with tequila for a REALLY amazing strawberry shortcake recipe!



  • cups (192g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (61g) yellow cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick, 113g) cold butter, cut into chunks
  • cup (163g) whole milk, (I don't recommend skim milk for this recipe)
  • ½ teaspoon McCormick vanilla extract

Strawberry Mixture

  • 4 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tequila, can also use bourbon



  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add milk and vanilla; stir to form a soft dough. (If the dough is dry, add additional milk a tablespoon at a time.)
  • Drop dough by ⅓ cupfuls about 2 inches apart onto the lined baking sheet, forming 8 biscuits. Flatten each biscuit slightly into a 2-inch round.
  • Bake about 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.

Strawberry Mixture

  • About 30 minutes before serving, toss strawberries with granulated sugar and tequila in a large bowl. Let stand 15 minutes, tossing occasionally.
  • To serve, split biscuits. Place 1 biscuit bottom on each plate. Top each with about ½ cup strawberry mixture and whipped cream. Place the top of the biscuit over whipped cream and serve immediately.

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Reader Comments

  1. I love the idea of cornmeal biscuits for this dessert. I can just image all of the possibilities.. blueberries, blackberries, peaches…

  2. Biscuits are my fave! These look so good!!!! If I wasn’t making scones today I would make these! 🙂

  3. I love the idea of cornmeal in the biscuits – I think it would add really nice texture. It’s a nice break from pumpkin!

  4. Biscuits are amazing at all times, but I love that you made a dessert with them! Never would have thought of that. I would definitely reach over a pumpkin pie for one of these. 🙂

  5. Amanda these look gorgeous and McCormick sound like my kind of people. I’ve been putting booze into everything. This recipe is a must for summertime with some clotted cream ice cream

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