Frozen Blackberry Margarita

We have been having fun this summer branching out from our usual cocktails. I am not usually partial to a frozen margarita, but this slushy one was tasty and had such amazing color! Perfect for a summer night.

This recipe was adapted from the New York Times. We made them a little sweeter by using agave nectar instead of simple syrup, and slightly less potent. Fabulous.

Yield: Makes 1 large or 2 small drinks

  • 6 large blackberries, plus 1 (or more) to garnish each drink
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • 2 T lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 2 T agave nectar or simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups ice
  • mixture of coarse salt and coarse sugar for glass rims
  • lime wheels, optional
  1. Blend all of the ingredients (except garnish: salt, sugar, lime wheels) until smooth and frosty. (I used a Vitamix.)
  2. Run a lime wedge along rims of margarita glasses and dip into salt-sugar mixture.
  3. Pour the blended drink, garnish with blackberries and lime wheels, if desired.

The Perfect Margarita

Perfect Margarita

When I was pregnant with my son, I was craving a margarita– of course I didn’t want one in January after he was born!! 🙂 A margarita is the perfect warm weather cocktail– especially with guacamole. Although I am usually pleased with any margarita, this is our favorite recipe– a blend of many. We have simplified it recently to use agave nectar in place of simple syrup– so much easier when making just one or two cocktails.

  • 1 1/2 oz tequila
  • 3/4 oz cointreau or triple sec
  • 1 1/2 T lime juice
  • 1/2 T simple syrup or agave nectar
  • coarse salt
  • ice
  1. Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Serve on the rocks in lime juice and salt rimmed glasses.
  3. Enjoy!

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