Blackberry lime margaritas have a vibrant color and delicious flavor. Adding lime zest to the simple syrup ensures that the blackberry doesn’t overpower the drink’s flavor.
It’s Progressive Eats time again, and this month, our theme is citrus, and our host is Laura of Mother Would Know. Margaritas are one of my favorite cocktails, and one of the primary ingredients is a citrus fruit — lime! This vibrant, bright cocktail is perfect now that spring seems to have finally settled in.
The cocktail contains all of the traditional parts of a margarita: tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. But it also gets its sweetness and bright color from the blackberry-lime simple syrup. Adding lime to the simple syrup, in addition to the juice in the cocktail, ensures that the citrusy flavor doesn’t get lost in the cocktail.
Simple syrup is very easy to make. The basic ratio is one part sugar to one part water, cook until the sugar dissolves. The most common application of simple syrup is in cocktails and mocktails, but professional bakers also use simple syrup to impart additional flavor to their cakes and keep them moist.
The simple syrup portion of the recipe will yield more than is needed for two margaritas. You can store the extra in the refrigerator and use it in other cocktails, or combine it with club soda or lemonade for flavored non-alcoholic drinks.
Fair warning, this margarita is on the sweet side, so if you don’t like sweet, reduce the amount of simple syrup you add to the cocktail shaker. But be warned that the blackberry flavor will also be reduced.
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- 2 cups fresh blackberries
- 1 lime
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 4 oz tequila
- 3 oz triple sec
- Additional blackberries for garnish
- Lime slices, for garnish
- Place the blackberries in a large saucepan. Zest the lime, and sprinkle the zest over the blackberries. Reserve the lime for later in the recipe.
- Add the sugar and water to the saucepan, and toss to coat. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Strain the mixture into a bowl, discard the solids, and let the syrup cool.
- Fill two cocktail glasses and a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add the tequila and triple sec to a cocktail shaker. Add the juice of the reserved lime. Add 4 ounces of the cooled blackberry syrup. Shake for 30 seconds, then strain into the two prepared glasses.
- Garnish with additional blackberries and/or lime slices and serve.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: cocktail
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 659 Sodium: 11mg Carbohydrates: 117g Sugar: 114g
A Citrus Feast
Cocktails & Other Beverages
- Blackberry Lime Margaritas from The Redhead Baker (recipe above)
- Orange Frosty from the Orange Appeal Cookbook, Creative Culinary
- Asparagus Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette (Gluten-Free) from The Heritage Cook
- Crab and Mango Salad with Spicy Lime Dressing in Endive from A Chef’s Kitchen
- Fish with Lemon Caper Sauce from Mother Would Know
- Stir-Fried Crispy Orange Beef from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Roasted Asparagus Salad with Preserved Lemon from OMG Yummy
- Cauliflower Scampi in a Garlic Lemon Sauce from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Glazed Lemon Pound Cake from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Fruited Orange Summer Dessert Salad with Orange Marmalade Whipped Cream from Life’s a Feast
Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. Each recipe in our menu this month features citrus in some form: slices of fruit, juice, rind etc. Our host this month is Laura from Mother Would Know.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.