Strawberry Ice-Cream Pie


An easy-to-make adult dessert, the crust for this frozen «strawberry rita» is made with crushed pretzels, butter, and sugar. And the filling? It’s a mix of strawberry ice cream, fresh strawberries, limeade concentrate, orange liqueur, and tequila.


This pie will soften quickly due to the alcohol content, which lowers the freezing temperature of the ice cream.


  • 4 cups pretzel twists
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 (1/2-gallon) container premium strawberry ice cream
  • 1 (16-ounce) container fresh strawberries (1 quart), stemmed
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (6-ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate, partially thawed
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • Garnishes: lime rind curls, fresh whole strawberries, pretzels

How to Make It

Step 1

Process first 3 ingredients in a food processor until pretzels are finely crushed. Firmly press mixture onto bottom of a lightly greased 10-inch springform pan.

Step 2

Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

Step 3

Let strawberry ice cream stand at room temperature 20 minutes or until slightly softened.

Step 4

Process strawberries and powdered sugar in food processor until pureed, stopping to scrape down sides.

Step 5

Place ice cream in a large bowl; cut into large (3-inch) pieces. Fold strawberry mixture, limeade concentrate, tequila, and orange liqueur into ice cream until well blended. Spoon mixture into prepared crust in springform pan. Freeze 3 hours or until firm. Let stand 10 minutes at room temperature before serving. Garnish, if desired.

Step 6

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Blue Bell Ice Cream and Triple Sec orange liqueur.

Step 7

Strawberry-Lime Ice-Cream Pie: Omit tequila and orange liqueur, and add 1 (6-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, partially thawed. Proceed with recipe as directed. Let stand 15 minutes at room temperature before serving. Garnish, if desired.

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