Fresh Blackberry Margarita Cocktail

I don’t need an excuse to make a margarita but I can’t deny Cinco de Mayo is a good reason. These Fresh Blackberry Margarita Cocktails are worthy of the celebration…or any time for that matter!

Fresh Blackberry Margarita Cocktails on a Tray

I was 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 which takes on a huge celebration in Denver.

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!

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Still, another better late than never 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 recipe posted on the 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!

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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 simply 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
Fresh Blackberry Margarita Cocktail on Ice in a Margarita Glass

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.

Something I do differently too that appeals to everyone; I mix a kosher salt with a cake decorating sugar for the rim; so many times I hear ‘hold the salt’ so it seems no one cared for so much of it. Mixing it half and half with sugar is so much better!

Forget about going out…plan a party at home with your homemade drinks…bet you’ll have way more fun! I know you’ll have far more variety…blackberry, strawberry, orange, kiwi…the margarita options are endless!

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Closeup of Fresh Blackberry Margarita Cocktail Garnished with Sanding Sugar, Blackberries, and Lime Slice

Fresh Blackberries Margaritas

Fresh is the best and this Fresh Blackberry Margarita Cocktail proves it! Try this and a couple of other favorites for Cinco de Mayo and all summer long!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Cocktails, Friday Cocktails, Fruits
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 4 Cocktails
Calories 340 kcal


For the Blackberry Syrup

  • 6 ounces blackberries
  • ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup water

For the Blackberry Margarita

  • 8 ounces tequila
  • 4 ounces orange liqueur
  • 4 ounces lime juice
  • 4 ounces 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.


Nutrition Facts
Fresh Blackberries Margaritas
Serving Size
1 Cocktail
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword blackberry, cocktails, fresh, margarita, rosemary, cherry, tequila
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  1. I’m sipping a (traditional) Margarita right now! Yours always look so good — they are always so creative. Kinda nice that we have the Derby and Cinco de Mayo on the same day this year — perfect daily double. 🙂

    1. I can’t believe how much I used to hate margaritas…now I want to make one of every flavor imaginable…well, within reason I guess. I suppose I should serve a Kentucky Derby steak with a side of guacamole for dinner hmm? 🙂

        1. You can modify the recipe for as many cocktails as you want. Figure out how many to serve and multiply accordingly. The only time it’s not quite so easy is if there is a sparkling water in a recipe and even then I would make everything ahead of time except the water and then just add that to each individual cocktail as it served to make sure you keep it effervescent.

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