I will never tire of twists on my favourite cocktail, the margarita. I like them with prickly pear syrup, grapefruit juice or a splash of O.J., and last year I was particularly enamoured with the Pineapple Ginger Margarita from Earl’s. Today I bring you a Blackberry Margarita, whose star ingredients are tequila, blackberry liqueur or Chambord, and lime juice.
Blackberries are just coming into season and I figured their sweet-tart taste would complement the bite of tequila and tang of lime. The colour is lovely too. We have loads of fresh mint in several containers just waiting for a mojito party; sadly, with a flood-ravaged basement, that summer day may never come. Instead, I am looking for different ways to add mint to cocktails. With tequila, it’s a bit unorthodox, but what the heck (if I’d had fresh blackberries on hand I would have muddled some in as well). In this cocktail the mint flavour is subtle, but as a garnish the aroma is enticing on the nose. And it makes for a pretty picture, no? Altogether this drink is good and just gets better as the ice melts.
- 1-1/2 oz reposado tequila
- 1/2 oz blackberry liqueur
- 3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 oz agave nectar
- 6-8 mint leaves plus mint sprig for garnish
- Salt for rim
Rim a margarita glass with salt and fill with crushed ice. Muddle the mint leaves in the base of a cocktail shaker, then add the tequila, blackberry liqueur, lime juice and agave nectar. Add ice and shake, then strain into the margarita glass and garnish with the mint sprig.