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Blackberry Margaritas

My Blackberry Margaritas are a fruity twist on a classic summer cocktail. Enjoy one of these anytime by pulling out some of your frozen stash of berries!

Blackberry Margaritas

Blackberry Margaritas

It is mid-summer, so that means the blackberries are almost ripe in the Pacific Northwest and ready to be picked. If you live in a different, hotter part of the country, you might already be enjoying all of the fresh berries that are on offer.

We get beautiful plump and juicy blackberries this time of year that are hard to resist. I can’t pick a bucket of blackberries and not make this refreshing blackberry margarita, which just screams summer to me.

A super simple cocktail to serve up after a long work week, or for your summer bash or your Mexican feast. Nothing beats a sweet, cold, blackberry-infused margarita.

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Blackberry Margarita

Dinner and drinks?

A cocktail can genuinely complete a nice dinner for me.  Sip away as you do the finishing touches to a grilled pork chop or batch of enchiladas. Or whip up a batch of these to watch the sun go down for a late night treat.

This is a super simple drink that carries a “wow factor” to it. White tequila, fresh blackberries, sweet and sour, lime juice, and of course a simple syrup. You can choose to rim the glass with sugar for the extra sweet, or salt to off-set the berries and enhance the tart factor.

You get a beautiful jewel-toned look to these blackberry margaritas. You can tame down the sweetness by adding more sweet & sour or tequila, but this drink isn’t overly sugary. The blackberries give the drink a natural sweetness, and berries picked at the height of summer usually don’t even require any additional simple syrup.

These margaritas turned out fantastic, and everyone enjoyed them. Garnish with a plump blackberry and even a slice of lime for a gorgeous drink.

Blackberry Margarita

Simple Homemade Margaritas with Blackberries

One reason I love homemade margaritas is that they are so simple to make and will give you vibrant and bold flavors, and that can’t compare to store-mixes. You can make them as weak or strong as you want, which I like. Plus, you can experiment with different fruits like peach, mango, mixed berry, or of course, blackberries. Taste as you go to get that perfect blend of flavors.

What about the seeds?

Blackberry seeds are relatively big, especially when compared to other seedy berries like raspberries. If you are really sensitive to that, just run your blended blackberry tequila through a fine mesh strainer to catch any big bits that the blender didn’t pulverize.

The strainer will catch the seeds so you have a smooth drink, instead of sipping and running into seeds. I find this is a great way to get the sweet juice from the blackberries without the seedy texture.

Can You Use Frozen Blackberries in a Blackberry Margarita?

Yes! Frozen blackberries are perfect to make into drinks and cocktails. I would use a fine mesh strainer to deseed the berries before you shake it over ice.

Blackberry Margarita

How To Make The Best Margarita

Being a former bartender for over 10 years, I learned some tips and tricks that I’m going to share that will help you perfect your margaritas.

Use GOOD Booze

One tip I have learned over the years is to ensure you are using quality alcohol. You can taste the difference when you buy cheaper tequila over the higher end. I prefer a white tequila, it offers a nice smooth finish to your cocktail.

SHAKE it up baby now {shake it up, baby}

When you shake, it chills the drink really quickly without watering it down, and also works great at really blending the flavors and ingredients. Plus, it will give your margarita tiny air bubbles that will give your drink that frothy top that gives the cocktail a little texture. If you serve frozen, blend away, that works great at incorporating the ingredients too.

Twist and Shout

Use fresh lime, and make your own sweet & sour.

Store-bought sweet & sour mix is way extra. You can make your own really easily by boiling some sugar and water with lemon and lime juice. {Recipe coming soon!}

Come on, come on, come on baby now – come on and WORK IT ON OUT

Drinks are made to be tweaked. Especially drinks made with fresh fruits, there can be variations in the end result depending on the sweetness of your fruit. Make sure to taste as you go and adjust as necessary.

If you find your drink is too tart, you can add more syrup to your drink. If it is too sweet, adding a little more tequila or lime juice as well. Just play around until you find the right flavors that bring your cocktail to a complete.

Blackberry Margarita

Blackberry Margarita Mocktail Version For Kids

If you have little kids who might enjoy a sip of this cocktail, use ginger ale or lemon-lime soda in place of the alcohol. It gives them a sweet drink to sip on to make them feel special. I prefer the ginger ale because I find the ginger adds a new element of flavor to the drink.

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Blackberry Margaritas

Yield: 2 drinks

Blackberry Margarita Recipe

Blackberry Margarita

Delicious Blackberry Margarita recipe that is going to have everyone begging for the recipe! One of my favorite summer drinks!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Mix Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes


Blackberry Tequila

  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 3 shots tequila

Blackberry Margaritas

  • 2 ounces sweet and sour, divided
  • 1 ounce patron citronge, divided
  • 2/3 cup blackberry tequila, divided
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice, divided


  1. Place the blackberries and tequila into your blender, and blend at high speed for 1 minute.
  2. Rim your glasses with salt or sugar, and fill large margarita glasses or mason jars with ice.
  3. In a shaker, place ice, half of the blackberry tequila, 1 ounce sweet and sour mix, 1/2 ounce citronge, and 1/4 ounce of lime juice.
  4. Shake vigorously and strain over ice.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the mix.
  6. Garnish with a fresh blackberry.


  • You can substitute Triple Sec if you don't have Patron Citronge.
  • You can add simple syrup if you like your cocktails a little sweeter.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Wednesday 18th of July 2018

Yes please!! You know we are practically neighbors. You must have heard me talking about margaritas!! I feel like these were meant for me! How did you know?

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 18th of July 2018

That is a very good point. I keep threatening to have a neighborhood cocktail party where I can just mix a bunch of drinks and take all the pictures. I should really do it. :D

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