Happy National Margarita Day!
Now this is my kind of day! Many of you may (or may not) know that margaritas are my drink of choice. If we're going out for dinner and are planning on Mexican food, I choose the restaurant based on how good their margaritas are.
Most often though, I make my own at home. And I never use a mix. Making a fresh fruit margarita in your own kitchen is simple, tastes better than any restaurant, and you get to control how much they're going to knock your socks off!
And this one will knock your socks off. Don't let that pretty fuchsia color fool you. She's a beauty, but beware...
Inspired by The Pioneer Woman
4 cups fresh blackberries, plus more for garnish if desired
1 1/4 cup sugar divided
juice from 1 1/2 limes divided
zest for 1/2 lime
2 cups tequila
1/2 cup orange liqueur (I used Citronge)
1 cup club soda or lime soda such as sprite
1 lime cut into wedges
In a medium saucepan, combine the blackberries, 1/4 sugar and the juice from 1/2 lime. Simmer over low heat, covered, for about 25 minutes.
(if you notice....I zest the lime before squeezing.. Its kinda hard to zest a squeezed lime and I hate to waste them)
Strain, pressing as much of the berry juice through a fine mesh strainer as possible. Allow to cool in the fridge. If you don't mind the little seeds, you can skip this step, but you'll still need to let it cool.
Combine 1/2 cup of sugar and the lime zest in a wide, shallow bowl. Something wide enough for you to to dip the rim of your glass in.
The hardest part is done. Now for the main event....
In a large pitcher, combine the cooled blackberry puree, tequila, orange liqueur, remaining 1/2 sugar, club soda, and juice from 1 lime.
Using a lime wedge, wet the rim of a glass, dip into the sugar zest mixture, coating the rim all the way around.
Fill a blender half way with ice, pour enough margarita mixture to about level with the ice and buzz away for a nice blended fresh Blackberry Margarita!
Enjoy your celebration of National Margarita Day - Cheers!!!
Here are some other amazing recipes to help you celebrate. Some are beverages and others are treats with a margarita twist:
Blackberry Margarita from Cooking for My Peace of Mind
Chili Lime Margarita from Curious Cuisiniere
Chocolate Margaritas from The Texan New Yorker
Creamsicle Margaritas from Savvy Eats
Frozen Mango Margarita from Noshing with the Nolands
Lilikoi Margarita with Li Hung Mui from The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Margaritas Gone Wild from Delaware Girl Eats
Mixed Berry Margarita from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
Mom's Wicked Margarita from Desserts Required
Pomegranate Margarita from Daily Dish Recipes
Spicy Raspberry Frozen Margarita from The Weekend Gourmet
Tamarind Margaritas from girlichef
The Great Grapefruit Margarita from La Cocina de Leslie
Tim G's Margarita from Sidewalk Shoes