– 1 cup fresh blackberries, plus extra for garnish
– 2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
– 4 ounces tequila, preferably reposado for its smooth oakiness
– 2 ounces orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or triple sec
– Juice of 2 limes, freshly squeezed
– Crushed ice, as needed
– 2 lime wheels, for garnish
– A small handful of fresh mint leaves, for garnish
– Coarse salt or sugar for rimming the glasses, optional
1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the blackberries with sugar until well crushed and the sugar begins to dissolve.
2. Add the tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice to the blackberry mixture. Fill the shaker with crushed ice.
3. Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds or until well chilled.
4. If desired, rim two glasses with coarse salt or sugar by running a lime wedge around the edge and dipping into the salt or sugar spread on a plate.
5. Fill the rimmed glasses with fresh crushed ice.
6. Strain the blackberry margarita mixture evenly into the prepared glasses.
7. Garnish with extra blackberries, a wheel of lime, and a sprig of fresh mint.
8. Serve immediately and enjoy responsibly!


Variations & Tips
– For a non-alcoholic version, omit the tequila and orange liqueur and substitute with sparkling water or lemon-lime soda.
– If blackberries aren’t available, raspberries or blueberries can be used for a delightful twist.
– Add a spicy kick by infusing your tequila with a slice of jalapeño or by rimming the glass with a mix of salt and chili powder.
– To draw out even more flavor from the blackberries, let them macerate with the sugar for an hour before muddling.
– If you have a sweet tooth, incorporate a splash of agave syrup or simple syrup for added sweetness.
Remember, balance is key in a cocktail, so adjust the ingredients to taste. Whether tartness triumphs or sweetness takes center stage is all up to personal preference.


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