It’s Friday, and we both deserve a Skinny Blackberry Margarita! On the rocks. With sugar AND salt. It’s that kind of week and that kind of weekend.
I might actually pour myself two blackberry margaritas, because until 1:30 p.m. yesterday when an astute follower (hi, Ashley!) messaged me on Instagram to regretfully inform me that I’d put up my #FBF post a day early, I was solidly convinced that it was Friday.
The caption now reads #TBT instead. Shhhhhh.
Skinny Blackberry Margarita – Make Any Day Feel Like Friday
Whatever your calendar is telling you, this skinny blackberry margarita recipe wants you to know that it is perfectly acceptable to pretend that it’s Friday, even if only for one drink.
Make that two drinks. Like my Peach Margarita, this blackberry margarita is ultra refreshing, pleasantly fruity, and has a reliable way of disappearing more quickly than you expect it to.
I’ve been burned by some bad berry margaritas recently (the Chili’s blackberry margarita did not live up to the expectations set by my college memories).
This skinny blackberry margarita bears no resemblance to the syrupy, pre-mixed drinks you may have had elsewhere. I adapted the recipe from my favorite Skinny Margarita.
Like that recipe, this blackberry margarita is made only with fresh fruit juice, tequila, and a touch of agave. It’s light, not too sweet, and pairs well with summer nights and outdoor patios.
I prefer my margaritas on the rocks, so I wrote this recipe for a muddled blackberry margarita, though I believe you could adapt it to be a frozen blackberry margarita if you prefer (the Pioneer Woman has a blackberry margarita recipe that’s frozen you could reference, though her version will be considerably more sweet).
Since blackberries are on the tart side, I rimmed the glasses in both sugar and salt. I’m so pleased with how the balance enhanced the blackberries’ natural sweetness and made the fresh lime juice pop.
Tomorrow, I’ll be mixing up margaritas once more, this time for my sisters’ 30th birthday! I’m in Kansas City to co-host her bash with our youngest sister. For the theme, we couldn’t resist going “fiesta.”
You can catch some of the fun on my Instagram stories (and be on the lookout for a Blackberry Margarita or two…or three…or 30!).
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Skinny Blackberry Margarita
For each Blackberry Margarita:
- 1 tablespoon sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon salt to rim the glass, lime wedge optional
- 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila about 3 tablespoons
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice about 1 very large or 1 1/2 small limes
- 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice about 1/2 medium orange
- 2 teaspoons light agave nectar or simple syrup add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon additional if you prefer a sweeter margarita
- 1/4 cup blackberries about 6 large or 8 small; you can use fresh or frozen and thawed
- Additional lime wedges and berries for serving
For a Pitcher (5 drinks):
- 8 ounces silver tequila (1 cup)
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice from about 5 medium/large limes
- 8 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice (from about 4 medium oranges) (1 cup)
- 3 tbsp plus 1 teaspoon light agave nectar or simple syrup
- 1 1/4 cups fresh blackberries
- Rim the glass(es): Mix the salt and sugar together in a small bowl, then transfer to a shallow plate. Rub a lime wedge around the top edge of your glass to moisten it, then dip the glass into the sugar/salt mixture so that it sticks, tapping all the way around. Place 2 tablespoons of the blackberries in the bottom of the glass, then muddle them so that they are lightly crushed. Fill the glass with ice.
- For one drink: Fill a small cocktail shaker with additional ice. Add the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, and agave. Tightly close and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds (it’s longer than you think). Strain into the rimmed glass over the ice. Garnish with remaining blackberries and lime wedges. Enjoy immediately.
- For a pitcher: Muddle half of the blackberries (those not used for the glasses) in the bottom of a pitcher. Stir in the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, and agave (do not add ice to the pitcher). Serve immediately (prepare the glasses as in Step 1) or place a sheet of plastic wrap over the top of the pitcher and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
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