Blackberry Margarita Recipe
Blackberries were on sale, buy one get one free. So of course I bought four of them! Using a few in salads was a no brainer.
Using them in cocktails was also a no brainer. I tried them in Blackberry Mint Julep - oh my gosh, so good!
Then I tried a Blackberry Bramble Cocktail, that I had been wanting to try forever! I could never make it because I couldn't find blackberry liqueur in my town, but then I made my own Homemade Blackberry Liqueur and now I can have this refreshing cocktail any time I want!
The next night was Saturday and Saturday's are for margaritas (amiright?) Another great use for the blackberries, but I wanted to spice it up a bit. Kick it up a notch. Bam. Sorry channeling my inner Emeril.
Boom - Spicy Blackberry Margarita. Make this now. Really. Just do it.
- Tequila - use your favorite brand. Buy an extra bottle to try Watermelon Infused Tequila - makes the best summer margaritas!
- Cointreau - or your favorite orange liqueur. This article - Margarita Do's and Don'ts - talks about the different orange liqueurs and what they bring to the table. I usually use my Homemade Orange Liqueur, but sadly, I am out of it. Need to make some more!
- Simple Syrup - equal parts water and sugar, heated over medium heat, just until the sugar dissolves. Will keep in the fridge for about a month.
- Blackberries - I try to buy organic since most berries are on the dirty dozen list. Whenever organic is on sale, I buy lots and freeze them! You'll want to have plenty so that not only can you make this jalapeño margarita, but you can also make a fruity delicious Blackberry Whiskey Sour!
- Jalapeño Pepper - I try to buy organic. Use extras to make Pineapple Jalapeño Infused Tequila, one of the most popular infusions on my blog!
- Lime - for fresh squeezed juice and as a garnish. If I am using or saving the zest I try to buy organic.
You'll need 2 ounces of tequila and 1 ounce of your orange liqueur.
Squeeze one ounce of fresh lime juice. I like to cut a slice or two out of the center of the lime to use for garnish and then squeeze the rest.
Measure a ¼ ounce of simple syrup.
Pour the simple syrup into a cocktail shaker. Add the blueberries and a slice or two of jalapeño pepper. I used one slice for this jalapeño margarita.
Run the spent edges of your lime (from squeezing the juice earlier) around the rim of your glass and dip in salt. I like to use Himalayan Pink Salt.
Pour the tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice into the cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds to chill and properly dilute the cocktail.
Add ice to salt rimmed glass and strain the cocktail into the glass. You can double strain by placing a fine mesh strainer between the cocktail shaker and the glass to remove bits of blackberry if you'd like.
Garnish with blackberries and a lime wheel.
We have margaritas almost every Saturday and I can honestly say that this one is definitely at the top of the list. It's fruity with just the right amount of heat.
I only used one slice of jalapeño for mine, if you are adventuresome feel free to try more.
Don't let that bottle of tequila go to waste (as if!) be sure and check out my other Tequila Recipes.
These are perfect for Cinco de Mayo, anytime you want a fruity spicy cocktail, or if you're like us ... Saturday.
Spicy Jalapeño Blackberry Maragarita
- 2 ounces Tequila
- 1 ounce Cointreau
- 1 ounce lime juice fresh squeezed, save wheels for garnish
- ¼ ounce simple syrup
- 4 blackberries plus more for garnish
- 1 jalapeño pepper only need a slice or two
- salt for rimming (optional)
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle the blackberries and the jalapeño slice with the simple syrup.
- Add the tequila, Cointreau and lime juice to the shaker. Fill about ¾ full of ice.
- Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds to chill and dilute.
- Run the lime around the edge of a cocktail glass and dip in salt (optional.) Fill with ice.
- Strain cocktail into glass and garnish with blackberries and lime wheel.
Jane Saunders says
So I liked 1 slice of jalapeño, my husband 2. It was so easy to meet both our needs - I just made mine in the shaker ahead of the more potent one. Such a great recipe - thanks Pam.
I would never have thought jalapeno would be good in a margarita but I'm definitely intrigued now!
Now this is a great margarita to make over the weekend. I can already see myself pouring it in one of the new glasses I've got!
Neli Howard says
Wow! What a cocktail !! The colour of this is amazing and your photos are gorgeous. Cheers to the weekend!
Sara Welch says
Love a good cocktail with a kick! Can't wait to enjoy these tomorrow for Taco Tuesday! Delish!
Renee | The Good Hearted Woman says
What a delicious, refreshing combination of flavors! I love the balance of the sweet, tart, spice, and salt.