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.
This Blackberry Lime Margaritas is quick and easy to make, and perfect for blueberry season!
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!
What a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and your birthday, of course. And you look so cute in that huge sombrero!
Belated Happy Birthday and Cinco de Mayo to you – certainly know how to celebrate with a blast :D
Choc Chip Uru
Love the pic of you in the hat. You look fabulous!!!!!
And so does the recipe :)
Ha! Thanks — we even got to keep the sombrero and tote it around to our downtown art crawl. Definitely a conversation starter. :)
Mexi is perfect for any holiday – Feliz Cumpleano a ti!
Thanks, madre! :)
Happy Belated Birthday! Oh my… love this recipe. I’m a huge fan of blackberries so I know I’ll most likely love this! Your photos are beautiful and I love the fushia contrast against the blue background.
Happy birthday chica! There’s no better way to celebrate a new year in your life than with a margarita in hand…nor is there any OTHER way to celebrate cinco de mayo! I love the sweet tart tangy in these margaritas…the perfect balance of party-in-your-mouth flavors.
Thanks, Joanna! I agree — definitely one of my favorite ways to celebrate a birthday and one of my fav holidays!!
this is practically health food and so pretty! yum. happy birthday!
Ha…I guess there are lots of antioxidants in there, so I’ll happily call them “healthy”. :) Thanks, Azita!
Happy Belated Birthday!! I love fruity margaritas! And I’ve tried one with blackberry! These look wonderful!
Oh my – these look so very good! Can’t wait to try this recipe. Love the pictures too!
Happy Belated Birthday! I love the picture…and this margarita! Fruit versions are usually my favorite, but I’ve never tried a blackberry!
I have a sneaking suspicion I already commenting on these. Maybe not? Maybe because I saw them on Instagram and I feel like i commented there? ANYWAY, these sound delicious! I’m so in love with your photo too. That dark background contrasting the salt! Gorgeous!
Looks like a great drink to serve at casual outdoor parties.
Happy birthday! These look amazing! I’m pregnant right now, but am pinning this with the plan of making them the day my baby comes out in Sept. =) A margarita was actually the first drink I had after my first child too. So thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to try it out!