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Blackberry Lime Margaritas

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

I've made and shared my fair share of margaritas, but this is by far one of my favorites. I'll be making these blackberry lime margaritas again and again all summer long!

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.

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. 

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. 

Blackberry Lime Margaritas

Yield: 2 cocktails
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

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. 

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Strain the mixture into a bowl, discard the solids, and let the syrup cool. 
  4. Fill two cocktail glasses and a cocktail shaker with ice. 
  5. 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. 
  6. Garnish with additional blackberries and/or lime slices and serve. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: cocktail
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 659Sodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 117gSugar: 114g

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A Citrus Feast

Cocktails & Other Beverages

  • Blackberry Lime Margaritas from The Redhead Baker (recipe above)
  • Orange Frosty from the Orange Appeal Cookbook, Creative Culinary

Appetizers

Main Courses

Side Dishes

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