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What better way to end a week of #MexicanRecipes than with a margarita?

We don’t make margaritas often but when we do, we prefer them homemade. And I’m not going to lie, this margarita is probably the best we’ve made in a long time. It has the perfect balance of sweetness from the blackberries and tartness from the lime juice. I used a traditional salt rim, but you can certainly use sugar if you prefer. All in all, my hubby, our guests, and I all agreed – this margarita was simply perfection.

Blackberry Margaritas

Rewritten but not really adapted from Cooking Light, June 2011

Serves 6-8


  • 1 c. water
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 c. 100% agave blanco tequila
  • 3/4 c. Grand Marnier
  • 2/3 c. fresh lime juice
  • 12 oz. fresh blackberries
  • 1 lime (for coating the rim and for garnish)
  • 2 Tbs. kosher salt (for coating the rim)

Make the Simple Syrup: In a microwave-safe bowl, heat water and sugar for 2 1/2 minutes. Stir, ensuring all of the sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.

Prep the Glasses: While syrup cools, prep 6-8 cocktail glasses. Spread salt evenly on a plate. Cut lime into 7-9 wedges or rounds – the number of glasses + 1. Use one wedge to rub the rims of glasses. Set remaining lime wedges/rounds aside. Dip glass rims into salt. Fill glasses halfway with ice and set aside.

Make the Cocktail: Add syrup, tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, and blackberries to a blender. Process until smooth. Strain through a cheesecloth-lined sieve over a pitcher. Discard solids.

Pour margaritas into prepared glasses and garnish with a lime wedge.

Serve immediately.

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