blackberry lime margaritas
Happy Cinco De Mayo, amigos!
My birthday happened to fall a few days ago, on the not-quite-as-famous Dos de Mayo. But with my fond affection for Mexican food, I usually end up celebrating both occasions at some point with a margarita in my hand and an attractive sombrero on my head. (Thus, the picture below from my 29th bday dinner last night — the kickoff to the final year of my roaring twenties!)
Still, as fun as margaritas are when we’re out, I also love making them homemade when my friends are all hanging out at mi casa. This year, these blackberry lime margaritas are my new favorite. Made with crushed fresh blackberries, this simple, fresh combination is absolutely irresistible. And way better than any mix you could ever buy. I love mine frozen (especially in the summer!), but serve them on the rocks or however you love best.
Cheers to a great summer to come!
- 1 cup fresh blackberry juice (**see instructions below**)
- 1 cup 100% agave blanco tequila
- 2/3 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup Grand Mariner or Cointreau
- 3 Tbsp. simple syrup (optional)
- ice cubes and lime slices
To make fresh blackberry juice, heat approximately 12 oz. fresh blackberries and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan over medium high-heat. Once heated, use a spoon or fork to mash the blueberries together. Then use a fine-mesh strainer or a cheesecloth to strain out the juice. Reserve 1 cup of juice for the margaritas.
Combine all ingredients for the margaritas in a blender until thoroughly mixed. If serving frozen, mix in an additional 2 cups of ice until well blended. If serving on the rocks, pour the mixture over ice.
Garnish with lime slices.
This recipe would also work with cherries, blueberries, or strawberries in place of blackberries!