OMG. Ya’ll know how I love a good margarita or 3. I am on this serious margarita kick and I dunno where it came from all of a sudden. I mean, I have always liked them but hadn’t had em in years and blammo…..I want  them all the time now! Holy crap!

My friend Jose gave me a very nice bottle of tequila for my birthday back in December. I remember thinking oh nice…I will be able to enjoy this for a year or two. Wellllllll, not so much. There’s hardly any left and I’m sure it must have just evaporated in the cupboard. Yep. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

A friend and I recently enjoyed some blackberry margaritas at a local Mexican restaurant. They were amazing and well, I like anything blackberry. I noticed they use the blackberry flavored syrup. Well I bought some fresh plump blackberries and just mooshed em up. Worked great. Who needs all that high fructose corn syrup stuffs anyway!

Ohhhhhhhhh I am so happy right now. I may have a slight little buzz from the margarita, but who cares! These are so delicious and refreshing! I’ve made peach, watermelon, strawberry….but I think these are my favorite fruit maggies. Bottoms up folks!

Blackberry Margaritas

Makes 2 margaritas (2 people or 1 thirsty one)

4 oz good tequila
2 oz margarita mix (a good store bought mix or home-made**)
4 fresh blackberries (frozen works too) smooshed up

Sugar-Salt rim mixture: mix together 1 part sugar to 2 parts salt.

Dip the rim of your glass into the smooshed blackberry mixture….just enough to dampen the rim. Dip it into the salt-sugar mixture. Place it in the freezer for just 5 minutes so the sugar/salt can set up.

In a shaker, with just a bit of ice, add the tequila and the mix.  Shake, shake, shake. Pour into a glass filled to the rim with ice.  Add a dollop of smooshed blackberry and mix. Throw in a couple of berries and sit back and relax.

Note: Don’t ever mix your drinks in the shaker with a bunch of ice. You will water down your drink too much. Just shake it with a bit of ice and then pour into a glass filled with ice. That’s much better.

** Homemade margarita mix:

8 oz (1 cup) fresh lime juice
8 oz (1 cup) simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar, that has been heated until sugar dissolves)
if you don’t want to bother with the simple syrup, you can just mix equal parts sugar and water together and wait for the sugar to dissolve
4 oz (1/2 cup) triple sec or Cointreau (both are an orange liquor)

Just shake everything together well. Store in the refrigerator.

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