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This Blackberry Margarita recipe is the perfect way to add a vibrant twist to the classic margarita, making it ideal for any occasion, from Cinco de Mayo to National Margarita Day.

A blackberry margarita with fresh blackberries for garnish and a lime wedge. Tequila bottle, blackberry syrup and a cocktail shaker in the background.

Move over, classic margarita, there’s a new fruit in town, and it’s bursting with flavor! This blackberry margarita recipe is the perfect way to add a refreshing twist to your favorite cocktail.

It’s simple to make and is guaranteed to become your new go-to drink when you’re looking for a fruity and refreshing margarita during the summer.

Along with strawberry margaritas, my favorite berry to mix with tequila is the blackberry. Blackberries are tart, so they mix very well with lime juice. The two flavors really compliment each other.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Bright Flavor: Juicy blackberries blended with fresh lime juice and sweet orange liqueur create a truly unique and delicious flavor profile.
  • Easy to Make: This recipe is made with just a handful of ingredients, making it perfect for a quick weeknight drink or weekend gathering.
  • Perfect for Entertaining: Whip up a pitcher of this beauty for your next gathering and impress your guests with your bartending skills (it’s easier than you think!).

Kitchen Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Jigger
  • 2 Small Saucers
  • Cocktail Glasses or Margarita Glasses

Ingredients

Blackberry Margarita Ingredients

TEQUILA: I use a Jose Cuervo Gold tequila, as I love the agave sweet notes. You can also use a blanco tequila for a clean flavor or a reposado tequila for a touch of oaky complexity. Remember, good tequila makes a good margarita!

BLACKBERRY LIQUEUR: This adds a burst of blackberry flavor without the need for muddling fresh berries.

ORANGE LIQUEUR: Grand Marnier adds a touch of orange notes. You can also use Cointreau or Triple Sec for a more budget-friendly option.

SWEET AND SOUR MIX: This provides the tart base of the margarita. Use a high-quality margarita mix or make your own with fresh lime juice and simple syrup. You can use agave nectar in place of the simple syrup.

BLACKBERRY SYRUP: This adds an extra layer of blackberry depth and helps the other ingredients blend smoothly.

Garnish

SIMPLE SYRUP: Simple syrup helps the margarita salt or sanding sugar stick to the rim.

SANDING SUGAR OR MARGARITA SALT: This adds a festive touch to the rim of the glass. For a traditional flavor, go for the salted rim. For a sweeter taste, use sanding sugar.

FRESH BLACKBERRIES AND LIME SLICES: Fresh fruit is the perfect garnish. Use the juiciest blackberries you can find and cut up fresh limes for garnish.

How to Make a Blackberry Margarita

Dip the rim of your glass in simple syrup and then dip into sanding sugar or kosher salt. Your choice! A sugar rim will really bring out the sweetness and a salt rim will highlight the tart flavors.

Fill your glasses 3⁄4 of the way full with ice.

In a cocktail shaker add tequila, blackberry liqueur, orange liqueur, sweet and sour mix and blackberry syrup.

Shake vigorously to chill and combine.

Pour the cocktail mixture into the ice filled glass.

Garnish with blackberries and a lime wedge.

How to Make Blackberry Syrup (optional)

If you want to make your own syrup, here are the directions:

  • In a medium sauce pan, add 1/2 cup of water and a 1/2 cup of sugar. 
  • Add one 6 ounce container for fresh blackberries.
  • Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and chill the remaining syrup.

Tips

Start with half the sweet and sour mix and adjust to your taste. You can always add more later. Taste before poring into your glasses to see if you want to add the additional sweet and sour mixture.

If it’s too tart for your taste buds, add more blackberry syrup or simple syrup.

If it’s too sweet, squeeze fresh slice of lime into your drink to balance out the flavors and go for a salt rim.

Variations

Want to make a frozen margarita? Blend all ingredients with ice until smooth for the perfect frozen blackberry margarita.

Opt to make your own fresh blackberry syrup. 

Leave out the orange liquor and add a splash of orange juice.

Make it a spicy margarita. Muddle a slice of jalapeño (remove the seeds) for a spicy kick and garnish with a few slices of jalapeños.

Spicy blackberry margarita garnished with slices of fresh jalapenos.

Storing Leftovers

If you make a big batch and have leftovers, you can keep the mixture in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Now, if you made it an all fresh blackberry margarita by making your own blackberry syrup, then I would only store if for one day.  

More Margarita Recipes

Cranberry Apple Margarita

Mixed Berry Margarita

Strawberry Lemonade Margarita

Spicy Margarita

This blackberry margarita recipe is sure to become your new favorite twist on this classic cocktail. So grab your cocktail shaker, gather your ingredients, and get ready to shake up your margarita routine! 

Cheers to summer, good times, and the perfect blackberry margarita!

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Blackberry Margarita

A blackberry margarita with fresh blackberries for garnish and a lime wedge. Blackberry syrup and a cocktail shaker in the background.

This Blackberry Margarita recipe is the perfect way to add a vibrant twist to the classic margarita, making it ideal for any occasion, from Cinco de Mayo to National Margarita Day.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces Tequila
  • 3 oz Sweet and Sour Mix
  • 1⁄2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 oz Blackberry Liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon Blackberry Syrup
  • Ice
  • Simple Syrup, for rim
  • Margarita Salt or Sanding Sugar, for rim

Instructions

  1. Dip the rim of your glass in simple syrup and then dip into sanding sugar or kosher salt. Your choice! A sugar rim will really bring out the sweetness and a salt rim will highlight the tart flavors.
  2. Fill your glasses 3⁄4 of the way full with ice.
  3. In a cocktail shaker add tequila, blackberry liqueur, orange liqueur, sweet and sour mix and blackberry syrup.
  4. Shake vigorously to chill and combine.
  5. Pour the cocktail mixture into the ice filled glass.
  6. Garnish with blackberries and a lime wedge.

Notes

See recipe post for tips and variations. Drink Responsibly.

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Nutrition Information:

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Serving Size:

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 281Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1066mgCarbohydrates: 158gFiber: 0gSugar: 52gProtein: 0g

Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.

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