If you’re looking for a twist on a traditional margarita, this blackberry margarita recipe is definitely worth a try! The combination of fresh blackberries, homemade blackberry simple syrup, and lime make for a wonderful margarita concoction.
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Fresh, made-from-scratch margaritas are what dreams are made of. Sure, you can make a margarita with some pre-made over-sugared mix, but it doesn’t even hold a flame to the goodness of fresh squeeze lime, simple syrup, tequila and fruit.
This recipe takes a spin on my favorite traditional cocktail–here’s what it takes to make this snappy refreshing drink!
What do you need to make a blackberry margarita?
There are a few key elements to make the most refreshing blackberry margarita. Here’s all that you need!
I recommend using 100 percent agave tequila in your blackberry margarita. Why? Because if you’re not using tequila that is only agave, your tequila is being distilled with other ingredients like cane sugar and corn syrup, and you’re more prone to a hangover--no thanks. Another benefit of agave tequila? If sipped after dinner (yes sipped, not seven cocktails), it can help aid in digestion. I like the sound of that!
Our favorite tequila is Espolon Tequila Blanco. It’s 100 % blue agave, and mixes so well in our margaritas.
I like this recipe because the blackberries add a different flavor that normally isn’t found in a margarita, but it works so well. Blackberries are a great fruit for many reasons. Fresh blackberries are packed with vitamin C and vitamin K, and are also a great source of fiber.
For this recipe, I add a handful of blackberries to the glass, and then muddle them to push the flavor out of the berry and into the drink.
Blackberry Simple Syrup
One key to adding flavor to this blackberry margarita recipe is making blackberry simple syrup. If you don’t want to make your own blackberry simple syrup, for these margarita cocktails, that’s quite all right! You can buy simple syrup at any grocery store, and you may even be able to find blackberry syrup.
However, I definitely recommend making simple syrup at home. It costs pennies to make and takes five minutes.
I have an entire post on how to make simple syrup found here, and for this recipe, you just add blackberries to your water and sugar mix, then strain the berries out before cooking and storing.
Cocktail shaker and muddler
I always use a cocktail shaker when making these blackberry margaritas. An essential of any home bar is a cocktail shaker and muddler. If you are like us, and you love mixing up different concoctions, then you’ll definitely want to have the home bar essentials on hand.
We found a home bar set that not only has a cocktail shaker, but also has a muddler, stir spoon, strainer, jigger, and a couple perfect pourers. It’s worth the investment to have all these tools on hand!
For this recipe, you’ll add ice to your shaker, then add tequila, triple sec, simple syrup, lime juice and then shake!
Another home bar (and blackberry margarita) essential? Cocktail glasses! There are so many cocktail glass options out there—the sky is the limit. If you’re on a budget, these glasses are a great option for you, and if you want to be a little fancier, I recommend these Waterford crystal cocktail glasses.
When you’ve shaken your cocktail mixture, pour it from the cocktail shaker to a cocktail glass that has been rimmed with salt and has ice and muddled blueberries in the bottom.
I hope you try out this blackberry cocktail recipe and tell me what you think!
Looking for more cocktail recipes? Try these posts:
Berry Kombucha Mule that's Perfect for Summer Nights
Easy & Refreshing Summer Sangria
A Simple & Fresh Margarita Recipe
Blackberry Margarita on the Rocks Recipe
- 1 Cocktail Shaker
- 1 Muddler
- 1 Cocktail Glass
- Coarse salt for rim of glass
- 2 oz tequila
- 1 ½ oz triple sec
- ½ oz blackberry simple syrup
- 3 oz lime juice
- lime slice & blackberries for garnish
- Salt rim of cocktail glass. Place blackberries in bottom of glass and muddle.
- In shaker, add ice, tequila, triple sec, blackberry simple syrup, and lime juice.Shake
- Add ice to cocktail glass, pour tequila mixture over ice. Garnish with lime slice and blackberry.
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