I don’t need an excuse to make a margarita but I can’t deny Cinco de Mayo is a good reason. It’s party central in the US (even if not so much in Mexico!). These Fresh Blackberry Margarita Cocktails are worthy of the celebration…or any time for that matter!
I was really determined to share this recipe for a fresh Blackberry Margarita Cocktail today. Every summer it’s the same battle between the Derby and Cinco de Mayo.
You can imagine if I didn’t get a post for a Kentucky Derby Pie with Walnuts and Bourbon completed and published until last night that I might be behind the 8-ball just a bit on a cocktail for today.
Trying to manage sharing food and/or drink for two celebrations in one weekend? Priceless!
Still, another better late than never I hope because I really wanted to make this one happen, especially since I’ll be taking a big pitcher of these Blackberry Margaritas to a party tomorrow and it’s nice to have a post on my blog for those who are interested in recreating them at home.
There are some days I think I’ve made about every version of margarita possible and then I realize, well, that’s just silly. Because if I have shared it, chances are half of them need to have new photos taken anyhow so they will always be on a continuous cycle and that’s good with me.
I love, love, love them. Take a peek at a couple more of my favorites…you could really spend all year sampling them!
That wasn’t always the case; I actually recall the first time I had a margarita and I literally wanted to spit it out. I had to graciously sip the drink while grimacing with every taste.
It was awful so I blamed the establishment and tried, tried again. I finally decided they just were not for me and gave up the effort…until one magical day when I had a magazine with an article about margaritas and learned enough in just a few paragraphs to change everything.
Simple points that I have never forgotten and never change.
- Good tequila. Not pricey necessarily but just a good, decent brand. The cheap stuff is what they use for house margaritas at restaurants and that awful burn is what was part of what I found distasteful. Try a reposado or blanco; that’s a good start.
- Fresh fruit. And not just for the one chosen for flavoring; but fresh limes and lemons too. No sweet and sour mixers or bottled citrus juices. Nope.
- Use real fresh squeezed juices and it will make a world of difference. I use a handheld juicer for lemon and limes and wouldn’t be without one; they extract way more juice than I can do just by squeezing by hand.
- Real orange liqueur, not the cheap triple sec that is simply sugar, water, and artificial flavoring. Again, pricey is not important but it should have essence of real oranges. I use whatever one has the best price when I shop so I’m only discriminating to a point!
Those rules apply across the board to any margarita and I think if you make them a part of your game plan that you and guests will never look back. Forget about going out…plan a party at home with your homemade drinks…bet you’ll have way more fun!
PIN ‘Fresh Blackberry Margarita Cocktails’
For the Blackberry Syrup
- 6 oz blackberries
- 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup water
For the Blackberry Margarita
- 8 oz tequila
- 4 oz orange liqueur
- 4 oz lime juice
- 4 oz blackberry syrup
- Blackberries and lime wedges, for garnish
To Make the Blackberry Syrup
- Heat the sugar, blackberries, and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Simmer on low for 10 minutes, do not let boil. Remove from heat and smash blackberries with a fork or potato masher.
- Pour mixture through a mesh strainer into a bowl or cup; pressing the solids to extract as much syrup as possible.
- Refrigerate until cool.
To Make the Blackberry Margarita
- Combine the blackberry syrup, tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice in a pitcher or carafe filled with 2 cups of ice. Stir to chill thoroughly.
- Moisten rim of glasses with lime wedge, dip into a combination of sugar and salt (equal proportions).
- Pour mixture into glasses filled with ice and garnish with blackberries and lime slice.