Blackberry margarita is made with homemade blackberry purée, tequila and orange liqueur for a refreshing and flavorful cocktail.
Warm summer days tend to inspire me to make homemade cocktails. Margaritas are my favorite and using fresh berries allows for a naturally flavored drink! This blackberry margarita is light and refreshing with a subtle sweetness from the berries. Add Tajin powder to the rim for a kick of spice!
Why this recipe works: It uses homemade blackberry purée for natural flavor and color. Orange liquor adds a touch of bitter sweetness while lime juice and tequila bring the classic margarita flavors.
How to make a blackberry margarita
- Make the blackberry purée: Cook blackberries, sugar and lime juice in a saucepan over medium heat until simmering, then reduce the heat, cover and let the berries simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Set aside to cool.
- Prepare glasses: Rub a lime wedge around the edge of two cocktail glasses. Add Tajin powder and salt or sugar to a shallow dish and turn the edge of the glass in the mixture until the rim is covered. Set aside.
- Make the margaritas: Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and pour over ice in prepared glasses. Garnish with fresh blackberries and lime wedges.
Use fresh blackberries when they are in season. It makes all the difference in flavor! Fresh lime juice is also preferred for the best margarita flavor. When making the puree, be patient as the berries simmer. The juices will become more concentrated providing more blackberry flavor in each cocktail.
Shake the blackberry cocktail for a good 15 to 20 seconds so the juices become chilled and well blended. It makes all the difference! For the rim, it’s dealer’s choice. I prefer Tajin powder and sugar for a spicy sweet combo, but if you don’t like spicy, then opt for only salt or sugar.
Frequently Asked Questions
Homemade blackberry purée and fresh lime juice is preferred because it gives the cocktail more flavor. If you are short on time and don’t have the ingredients, then store-bought can be used in a pinch.
Yes, the blackberry purée can be made ahead of time. After straining, store the purée in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Yes, the recipe can be doubled or tripled to serve more guests.
Yes, any type of berry may be used in place of blackberries for this recipe.
Summertime is the perfect opportunity to try making your own cocktails. If you enjoyed this recipe, then you will definitely like my strawberry basil mojitos! You can use fresh basil from your garden and strawberries when they are in season for the best flavor. Another popular cocktail is this mint blueberry smash, which has vodka and fresh lime juice.
Pick up a couple pints of blackberries next time you’re at the farmer’s market or grocery store. Most likely you are going to want to double this blackberry margarita recipe if you’re entertaining a few friends! If you try the recipe, leave a review in the comments and tell us how it turned out!
- 1 pint (2 cups or 150 g) fresh blackberries
- 3 tablespoons (37 g) granulated sugar
- Juice of ½ lime
- 2 ounces (60 ml) blackberry puree
- 2 ounces (60 ml) tequila
- ¾ ounce (22 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice
- ½ ounce (15 ml) orange liqueur
- ¼ ounce (8 ml) agave nectar, more or less to taste
- Lime wedges, for garnish
- Tajin powder, coarse salt, or sugar, for rimming the glass
- Fresh blackberries, for garnish
- In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, stir together the blackberries, sugar, and lime juice. Bring to a low simmer, then reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 20-25 minutes. Strain the mixture into a small bowl through a fine mesh strainer, pressing down with a rubber spatula to extract as much puree as possible. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Pour the Tajin, salt, or sugar (or a combo of them!) on a small plate in an even layer. Rub a lime wedge around the outside rim of a rocks glass, then rotate the edge of the glass in the plate contents until the rim is covered.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 ½ to 2 ounces blackberry puree, tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, and agave nectar (to taste). Fill the shaker with ice and shake for 15-20 seconds, until well chilled.
- Add ice cubes to the prepared serving glass. Garnish with a few fresh blackberries on a skewer.